WINNIPEG – When Michael Spacek finished off a 2-on-1 rush with teammate Brandon Denham to give Team Roy a 6-5 overtime win over Team Keane, the 2015 development camp came to a close.
Coordinator of Player Development (and winning head coach) Jimmy Roy said he couldn’t be happier with how the whole week progressed.
“I've learned a lot about some players, and I think they've learned a lot about our organization,” Roy said. “Especially with the new players coming in that we've just drafted. You get to know them, and get to know their personalities a little bit. What they like doing on the ice, off the ice, and what
they need improvement on.”
WINNIPEG – While watching prospects at MTS Iceplex at this week’s development camp, it can be easy to pull up their stats from last season to see if they improved. But goals, assists, and points don’t always tell the whole story.
The Winnipeg Jets staff, specifically Director of Fitness Dr. Craig Slaunwhite, isn’t putting the emphasis on those numbers though. He’s more interested in the development he sees off the ice.
“I just really try to emphasize the importance of off-ice conditioning, strengthening and nutrition. For the most part, players at this age have been playing their whole life, they've been playing hockey a long time, so their skill set has had a lot more time to develop on the ice than off the ice,” said Slaunwhite, a former national level decathlete in his own right. “So that's the area they're going to see the biggest improvement in their games, if they're able to focus their attention to their off-ice training.”Read on...
WINNIPEG -- When Jansen Harkins put on a Winnipeg Jets jersey at the NHL Draft in Florida, he was about to begin a circuit of media interviews, photo shoots, and autograph signings.
Fast-forward less than two weeks to development camp, and Harkins is still enjoying every minute.
“Any time you get to put on an NHL jersey or even talk to anyone in the NHL, it's exciting,” the 47th overall pick said. “You don't really do much of that until this past year. It definitely hasn't gotten
old, and I really enjoy being in Winnipeg.”
The Cleveland, Ohio native is getting his first taste of life as a professional hockey player this week. All he wants out of this camp, is to put his best foot forward.Read on...
WINNIPEG – A surprise visitor made an appearance on Day 3 of Winnipeg Jets Development Camp Sunday.
“I want to come and meet everybody."
Fresh off signing a new two-year contract, Alexander Burmistrov is back in town and will be throughout the summer as he prepares for training camp this fall.
"I'm happy to be here," he said.
WINNIPEG -- While this week’s development camp at MTS Iceplex may be more about learning the ins and outs of what it means to be a Winnipeg Jet, that isn’t stopping Nic Petan from showing what he can do.
“I think every time you get a chance to go on the ice, whether at development camp or training camp, you want to prove something,” Petan said. “You want to show what you've done better at, or what you've got better at. I think little things like shooting and passing, you can always get better at.”
As the 43rd overall pick in 2013, Petan has been to a couple development camps already. He believes each time he’s here, he finds more to add to his game.
“Just coming to the pro level, I know it's more about defence as well,” said Petan. “This past season I focused on defensive play, face offs, being the low man in the zone, and I think I got better at it.”Read on...
WINNIPEG -- When Jack Roslovic walked into the dressing room on the first day of Winnipeg Jets development camp, he felt like he was realizing a dream.
“It's pretty awesome. No real words for it,” the 25th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft said. “It's something I've always looked forward to doing. Something I've always looked at since I was a kid.”
He enjoyed his first skate in front of all the fans at MTS Iceplex as well. He looks forward to being a “sponge” all week, as he learns what it means to be a pro.
“The one skate, I felt pretty comfortable, and I kind of feel in my zone. I think maybe a few more skates and a lift, I'll be ready to go,” he said. “There were a lot of good players out there… It was kind of fun learning from those guys.”Read on...
WINNIPEG – Burmi’s back.
In the early hours of the NHL’s free agency period, the Winnipeg Jets made a bit of a splash, announcing that restricted free agent forward Alexander Burmistrov is back in the fold on a two-year deal after the spending the previous two seasons with Kazan Ak-Bars of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Burmistrov had 20 goals and 64 points in 108 KHL games after spending the first three years of his career with the Atlanta Thrashers/Jets. The 23-year-old has 194 NHL games to his credit, registering 23 goals, 58 points and 83 penalty minutes.
“When we took the team over here, we had extremely high hopes that he would be part of our core moving forward,” General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said.
“He has that opportunity (now) to re-establish himself in the group.”Read on...
Drew Stafford is coming back to Winnipeg, and he couldn’t be happier about it.
“I did have this in mind as far as extending in Winnipeg. It was an option from day one when I arrived,” he said. “I had such a great experience there with all the guys and playing under Paul (Maurice) and the rest of the coaching staff, and the way I was treated by Mr. Chipman and (Kevin Cheveldayoff). It was one of those things where I got the offer and I was extremely excited.”
The 29-year-old forward signed a two-year contract with an average annual value of $4.35 million. In 26 games with the Winnipeg Jets, Stafford recorded 19 points. He was part of the February 11 trade with the Buffalo Sabres, that saw Stafford, Tyler Myers, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux and a 2015 first-round pick (Jack Roslovic) come to Winnipeg in exchange for Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian,
and Jason Kasdorf.
Ondrej Pavelec played 50 games between the pipes for the Winnipeg Jets this season, recording a a 2.28 goals against average.