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The First Inductees Announced For The Winnipeg Jets Hall Of Fame

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets™ Hockey Club announced today that Anders Hedberg, Bobby Hull and Ulf Nilsson will be the first inductees into a newly created Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame. The three players were members of the prolific ‘Hot Line’, which, as a trio, led the Winnipeg Jets to two World Hockey Association (WHA) championships in 1976 and 1978, and remains one of the most potent lines in professional hockey history. Members of Hot Line will be honoured in the inaugural Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the MTS Centre when the Winnipeg Jets play the Toronto Maple Leafs®.

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An Eight-Year Extension For Mark Scheifele In Winnipeg


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A Four-Year Contract Extension With Mathieu Perreault And The Winnipeg Jets


Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets have announced they have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with forward Mathieu Perreault worth an average annual value of $4.125 million starting in the 2017-18 season. 

Perreault, 28, is entering his third season with the Jets after signing a three-year deal as a free agent in 2014. Last season, the native of Drummondville, Qc had 41 points (9G, 32A) in 71 games. It was the second-consecutive season he had 41 points for the Jets.

Originally selected by the Washington Capitals in the sixth-round, 177th overall in 2006, Perreault has suited up in 361 NHL games with the Capitals, Anaheim Ducks and Jets. Over his career he has 195 points, tallying 78 goals and 117 assists. He has a career-best 43 points (18G, 25A) with Anaheim in 2013-14.

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Window Of Winning Still Open For The Winnipeg Jets

from Sean Reynolds of Sportsnet,

To capitalize on that opening window, the Jets have hired a man who has the kind of experience they need. Their new assistant coach, Jamie Kompon, was with the Los Angeles Kings from 2006-2012. In that time, he oversaw a young core of players, including Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar, grow from talented prospects to Stanley Cup champs.

“I see a lot of similarities in terms of the L.A. team we had,” said Kompon. “The youth and some veteran players. But young veteran players. You know, we had Dustin Brown there. And Blake Wheeler is not that old. It’s the same kind of mold.”

Another team created in a similar mold? The Chicago Blackhawks; another club Kompon won the Stanley Cup with, in 2013. Their core of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson also grew together in a similar five-year cluster.

No one is saying the Jets are the next Blackhawks or Kings…yet. Then again, few expected the quick rise those teams made from the NHL’s basement either.


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Patrik Laine Signs His Entry Level Contract With The Winnipeg Jets

via the Winnipeg Jets,

The Winnipeg Jets announced they have agreed to terms with 2016 first-round pick and second overall selection Patrik Laine on a three-year NHL Entry-Level Contract worth an average annual value of $3.575 million which includes $2.65 million in bonuses.

Laine, 18, lead his team Tappara, to a Finnish SM-liiga Championship, scoring 33 points (17G, 16A) in 46 regular season games to go along with 15 points (10G, 5A) in 18 playoff games. Laine won the Jari Kurri Award for being the best player in the playoffs. He was also named SM-liiga rookie of the year and had the most points of any rookie in the Finish elite league.

Internationally, he led Finland to an IIHF World Junior Championship win on home soil in Helsinki. He was named to the World Junior Championship all-star team after leading the tournament in goals with seven. Laine was named to Finland’s World Championship Team, winning a silver medal along with being named the World Championship’s Most Valuable Player. Along with his MVP award, he was named to the tournament all-star team and the event’s best forward after recording 12 points (7G, 5A) in 10 games.

Patrik Laine
Born: Apr. 19, 1998 -- Tampere, Finland
Height 6.04 -- Weight 206 -- Shoots R

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How Good Can Jacob Trouba Be?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Trouba checks off a lot of the boxes: He’s 6-3, 202 lbs; he’s a right-hand shot; he can play physically; he has an excellent shot, and he can work the power play. All of that and he doesn’t turn 23 until this coming February.

So we asked a couple of scouts whose opinions we trust. Does Trouba, coming off a fall-back season at age 22 have a chance to be a genuine No. 1?

“Look at all the blue-lines across the league,” began an Eastern Conference scout, “and ask who in the league is 25 or younger, who has real big upside? You have to come to Jacob Trouba.

“He can shoot a puck. He’s a heady player. He’s not a fighter, but he can play physically, and he’ll take a hit to make a play. March him forward a couple years, to 25, 26, 27, and you’ll have a Top 1-2 guy. That’s a pretty fair projection for me.”

The feeling, however, was not unanimous.

“For sure I’d say no,” said a Western Conference scout when I asked him if he projected Trouba as a No. 1. “Not unless he gets a lot smarter.”


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Winnipeg Jets Sign Goaltender Michael Hutchinson To A Two-Year Contract

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have agreed to terms with restricted free agent goaltender Michael Hutchinson on a new two-year contract worth an AAV of $1.150 million per season.

Hutchinson, 26, appeared in 30 games this past season with the Jets, recording a 9-15-3 record with a 2.84 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. Over his NHL career, Hutchinson has a 32-26-8 record with a 2.53 goals against average and .912 save percentage in 71 career games.

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Winnipeg And Columbus Had Some Luck On Their Side

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

One step back for two steps forward?

Well, the chances of that theory becoming a reality for the Winnipeg Jets vastly improved on Saturday as the results of the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery were unveiled in Toronto.

With only a 7.5% chance of securing the top pick, the Jets still managed to jump up from sixth to second overall and will have an opportunity to dramatically alter the fortunes of the franchise after missing the playoffs this past season.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said things started to get interesting at ninth overall and especially at sixth, when the Jets logo wasn't turned over by NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

“At least you knew you weren't going to move backwards in the order and (at six), that's when the heart starts pumping and the legs start shaking a little,” Cheveldayoff said in a telephone interview from Toronto. “I couldn't even tell you who was the team that came up.”


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The Winnipeg Jets Are Still In Build Mode

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“I think you can make forward strides in the Central Division and not know about it,” Maurice said – and on some levels, he was right. For the last handful of years, the Central has served as the National Hockey League’s gold standard. Two years ago, every team accumulated 90 points or more, so for the Jets to make the playoffs then was an extraordinary accomplishment.

This year, they went with a younger team that may get younger still next year and ultimately paid the price, managing just 78 points to finish last in the division.

In the bottom-line world of professional sport, a 21-point slide is unquestionably a setback. But the Jets have never sacrificed development to expediency, or the siren call of trying to fast track a rebuild.

NHL general managers rarely say this when they dissect a lost season, but every draft-and-develop organization that’s doing it right eventually gets to a point where a championship window opens. At that point, you have to amend the slow-but-steady approach and do what you can to give your team a chance to win big.

The Jets are not there yet; and they probably won’t be for a couple of years, either.

Their window will open when goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has established himself as an NHL starter, when Jacob Trouba has evolved into a top-two defenceman and when Mark Scheifele becomes an elite No. 1 centre.


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Kyle Connor Signs A Three-Year ELC With The Winnipeg Jets

via a release from the Winnipeg Jets,

The Winnipeg Jets announced they have agreed to terms with 2015 first-round pick Kyle Connor on a three-year, two-way NHL Entry-Level Contract beginning in 2016-17 worth an average annual value of $1.775 million.

 Connor, 19, just completed his freshman season at the University of Michigan where he amassed an NCAA-leading 71 points (35G, 36A) in 38 games. Connor finished the season on a 27-game point streak leading the Wolverines to a Big Ten Championship. The native of Shelby Township, Mich., earned accolades all season long including being named: Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Freshman of the Year, All-Big Ten First Team, Big Ten All-Rookie Team and was a finallist for the Hobey Baker Award.

 The Jets selected Connor 17th overall at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla. after playing for the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms. Connor led the USHL in scoring in 2014-15 and was named the USHL Top Forward and Player of the Year. Internationally, Connor helped Team USA to a gold medal at both the 2013 World Junior A Challenge and at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championship in Finland.

 Connor’s freshman season is statistically one of the best among first-year NCAA players as he equaled the 71 points that Jack Eichel amassed for Boston University in 2014-15. Only Paul Kariya totaled more points as a freshman, scoring 100 points for Maine in 1992-93.

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