The Jets hit the ice Wednesday morning finally down to one group after five were reassigned Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total number down to 27.
The only player missing from practice was Zach Bogosian who is reported as day-to-day with a few bumps and bruises from the last game against the Oilers on Monday.
In addition to the five most recent reassignments, goaltender Eddie Pasquale was also sent over to St.John's to join the IceCaps....shrinking the number to 26.
The Jets have just two games remaining in pre-season before the face the Edmonton Oilers on October 1st. By that time, the numbers must be down to 23, so Coach Noel and Jets management have a few decisions to make yet.
The last two games are both against the Boston Bruins starting at home Thursday night and Friday night in Saskatoon, SK.
The Winnipeg Jets rookies took on the Vancouver Canucks rookies in their third and final match-up of the 2013 Young Stars Classic in Penticton, BC, Monday afternoon. Austen Brassard opened the scoring in the first period, but the Canucks managed to net two to beat the Jets rookies 2-1.
Sasha Guimond scored first for Vancouver and Hunter Shinkaruk picked up the game-winner.
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Jets starting linup:
Forward: Lukas Sutter, Adam Lowry, Austen Brassard
Defense: Josh Morrisey, Jacob Trouba
Goaltender: Juho Olkinuora
5:32 Zach Bell drops the gloves with Adam DeChamplain earning each of them five minutes for fighting.
9:06: Yasin Cisse and Mitch Elliot go at it in the second fight of the period, still locked in a scoreless battle. Each off for fighting.
16:15: With Canucks Kyle Hope in the penalty box, Austen Brassard put the Jets on the board thanks to a nice pass from Adam Lowry. 1-0 Jets.
Through 20 minutes, the Jets prospects are up 1-0 on the Canucks rookies and hold a 16-6 lead in shots on goal.
Shane Hnidy had a chance to catch up with Jets prospect Adam Lowry during the first period intermission:
"Its been nice getting your feet under it and get ready to play for the season. As a team, we've gotten better every game. It was a bit of a sloppy period but we'll pick it up next period. It's been nice to see the other teams prospects and also nice to get used to playing with guys who could be your future teammates."
5:26: Vancouver ties things up early in the second period as Sasha Guimond, who has two goals in as many games and five points in the tournament, finishes a quick tic-tac-toe play with Hunter Shinkaruk and Ludwig Blomstrand. 1-1
10:26: Goaltending change. Eric Comrie replaces Olkinuora in net.
After 40 minutes, the Jets and Canucks are all tied up 1-1. Total shots on goal through two periods 25-13 in favour of the Jets.
0:55: Nik Petan started the third period off with an early penalty as he went off for hooking. The penalty killers went back to work and with the help of strong goaltending by Comrie, the game remained tied.
3:46: The Jets would get a chance to go ahead on the power play with Tommernes headed to the box for roughing but couldn't find a way past Canucks goaltender Joacim Eriksson.
6:03: Jacob Trouba took his second penalty of the day this time for elbowing. Canucks pp unit went back to work but again, Comrie and his defenders kept the puck out of the net.
13:04: With Ryan Olsen in the box, Canucks' Hunter Shinkaruk made no mistake blasting the puck from the point off the iron and into the net to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead. Frankie Corrado picked up the helper on the play.
After a strong, physical 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks rookies Friday night, the Winnipeg Jets hopefuls were back at it this morning for their third consecutive practice. In their second game in as many nights, the Jets will take on the Edmonton Oilers rookies. Game time goes at 9:30pm CST.
We had a chance to catch up with General Manager, Kevin Cheveldayoff to hear his thoughts on the tournament and the young Jets.
"It's an exciting opportunity to see all of the young prospects, or a good portion of them, putting on the Winnipeg Jets uniform. For a lot of them its the first time and as a franchise, getting a glimpse into what will hopefully be our future. It's exciting for the coaching staff and it's exciting for the management staff."
Chevy talked about the advice passed on to these young prospects and shared some of what they are looking for during the weekend.
"We tell them to be themselves," he said. "Go out and play the way they have played. Obviously for them, they haven't played on a team together so it's a little bit of a learning curve but, it's a great opportunity to get their legs underneath them before the main training camp. Again, it's all part of the evaluation process."
We also had a chance to catch up with Jets' prospect Ryan Olsen after the skate.
Olsen, 19, is feeling right at home here in Penticton, BC. The Delta, BC, native plays just 30 minutes away in Prospera Place for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL.
"Having some family out here to see me play is pretty special," said Olsen. "My whole family is here. My brother and sister, mom and dad and my two grandparents, they are really proud to be here and I'm really excited."
The 6-foot-2, 190 pound centre played in 69 games for the Rockets last year, scoring 32 goals and 56 points. He was drafted in the 6th round (160th overall) by the Jets in 2012.
"I just want to show my stuff. I'd like to show the staff that I can play at the next level. It's really exciting, during the first warmup I was super excited to wear the Jets jersey but I'm here to play hockey and focus on my game and focus on myself."
73 CAMERON ABNEY RW
39 BRANDON BADDOCK LW
47 TY BILCKE RW
96 GREGORY CHASE C
67 TRAVIS EWANYK C
52 AUSTIN FYTEN LW
61 JACKSON HOUCK RW
49 KALE KESSY LW
54 JUJHAR KHAIRA C/LW
58 ANDREW MILLER C
53 MITCH MOROZ LW
43 REID PETRYK C
71 KYLE PLATZER RW
42 MARCO ROY RW
65 CHASE SCHABER C
95 BEN BETKER
88 BRANDON DAVIDSON
78 MARTIN GERNAT
84 OSCAR KLEFBOM
82 JOEY LEACH
80 MARTIN MARINCIN
87 DAVID MUSIL
74 DARNELL NURSE
34 TYLER BUNZ
60 PHILIPPE CADORETTE
50 FRANKY PALAZZESE
2013 YOUNG STARS CLASSIC
The Winnipeg Jets rookies arrived in Penticton, BC late into the evening on Thursday night to get ready for their three-game tournament this weekend. They kick off the first game today against the San Jose Sharks rookies at 6:00 pm CST.
Bright and early this morning, the team hit the ice for just their second full practice together. They had to work quickly to develop some chemistry before they put their skills on display for the Jets management and coaching staff.
For most of these young Jets' hopefuls, this marks the first time at this NHL rookie tournament. Players like J.C Lipon, Nic Petan and 2013 first-round selection Josh Morrissey, are excited to get on the ice to showcase their talent in hopes of receiving an invite to regular training camp next week.
"This week I'm trying to get better each day and get more comfortable every time I'm on the ice," said Morrissey after the morning skate. "Hopefully get that edge for main camp and keep on moving along. I like the concept, it's nice to get a chance to play against other teams and other teams' prospects and it's nice to not have to beat up on your buddies. I can't wait to get going."
For players like Mark Scheifele, Jacob Trouba, Adam Lowry and Lucas Sutter, this is their chance to show the Winnipeg Jets brass where they are at physically and mentally and that they are ready to fight for a roster spot this fall.
Tonight's game will be streamed live on Winnipegjets.com at 6:00 pm CST. Stay tuned for the live link!
12:00pm: The Winnipeg Jets management and scouting staff loaded the bus for the Prudential Center for the big day. You could feel the excitement building as we hit the road for a very busy but exciting day for everyone. Jets General Manager, Kevin Cheveldayoff said a few words at the front of the bus thanking all of his staff for the hard work this year and of course the best of luck today.
Once we arrived at the Prudential Center, we got our bearings and found our seats at the top of the lower bowl, with a great view of the entire draft floor and a perfect view of the Winnipeg Jets table.
2:00pm: One hour to go! Stay tuned throughout the day as Jets TV will keep you in the loop as the event unfolds. We will be providing you with exclusive interviews with all of our draft picks who are in the building. We will also be following our first round draft pick behind the scenes and posting some very cool photos and video, so don't miss it!
Saturday was a an eventful day that started off with hearing from Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff as he addressed the media at the hotel in Jersey City.
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After the scrum diminished, we jumped in a cab with the camera and hit the road to Manhattan where head coach Claude Noel and his coaching staff were attending a coaching conference. We caught up with Assistant Coach, Pascal Vincent- twice! Once en Francais (for you francophones out there) and once in English.
With the day quickly getting away from us, we realized that a few of the top prospects were putting on an on-ice hockey clinic at the New Jersey Devils practice facility located beside the Prudential Center all the way over in Newark, New Jersey. So we hailed a cab and away we went to talk to the top prospects.
The top four ranked prospects were on the ice with a handful of NJ Devils alumni and a few young hockey players. They ran some fun drills and shared some laughs with the kids. Once the clinic wrapped up, the prospects were then introduced to Buddy from The Cake Boss TV show.
For those who are unfamiliar, Buddy is quite the celebrity here in New Jersey. The hit TLC TV show is shot here in New Jersey and saw the opportunity to film an episode right there on the ice with the top prospects. The players welcomed the 15 minutes of fame with open arms.
Greeting from New Jersey! Our Jets TV crew arrived in Newark, NJ late Thursday afternoon and made our way to the hotel in Jersey City.
Things got started early on Friday morning with a little sneak peak into the war-room with Jets Executive Vice President & General Manager, Kevin Cheveldayoff, Senior Vice President & Director Hockey Operations/Assistant General Manager Craig Heisinger and of course all of the scouting staff. Talk about being a lucky fly on the wall! We got some great footage and photos from the room and were able to steal a few minutes of Chevy's time for a one-on-one exclusive.
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We also spoke with Director of Amateur Scouting, Marcel Comeau to hear his thoughts on the draft and how things were going in the meetings.
Later in the afternoon, we headed over to the media and prospect luncheon which was right on the harbor in New Jersey right on the Hudson River with the beautiful Manhattan skyline in the background.
We talked to a few of the top prospects after the lunch about how their experience has been so far and just how surreal this entire process must be for them.
It was a scorching 90+ degrees Fahrenheit outside with an insane percentage of humidity but all in all, it was a fabulous afternoon.