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Jets Journal: Welcome Wellwood

Kyle Wellwood is turning heads on the top line.

Tuesday, 01.11.2011 / 3:48 PM / Jets Journal
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Jets Journal: Welcome Wellwood
Kyle Wellwood is turning heads on the top line.
Kyle Wellwood
FORWARD, 2011-12 SEASON STATS
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 8
SOG: 12 | +/-: 2
It seems as though Kyle Wellwood has found his groove. He may have even found himself a comfy spot on the top line.

His consistent game has him leading the Jets in the goals department with five. He has tallied eight points in 11 games played this season. He has been shuffled and bounced around from line to line throwing sparks to everyone he plays with. His versatility has proven to have a huge impact on the team thus far.

The Windsor, Ontario native is coming off of one of his most impressive games Monday night against the Florida Panthers, picking up a goal and an assist before netting the shootout winner. Coach Claude Noel had Wellwood playing on the top line with Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little and so far, so good.

"Kyle Wellwood has been a good player for us," Noel told media after Monday's game. "To unclog a line, we kind of move him into that situation and he’s a guy that a lot of players want to play with."

Wellwood has spent time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks, where he recorded his career-high, 18-goals in the 2008-09 season. Defining and mastering a role was key for Wellwood if he was going to have a job for the 2011-12 season. The Winnipeg Jets handed the free-agent a contract just in time for training camp and so far, it’s paid off.  

When and where did he learn to master his igniting role?

"It's something I've learned playing over the years is to play a well rounded game all the time," he said. "I've played behind a few Hart trophy winners and Selke winners and you find yourself on the third line a lot and it's a different role there. Once you can do that effectively, it creates more room on teams.

"I think you take it on yourself. You usually watch other players in the league who do that role well and try to mimic their play."

Coach Noel has had nothing but positive things to say about Wellwood’s recent play, he sees the invaluable trait that he brings to the team.

"I like him a lot, he's really smart,” said Noel. “He's an NHL player who can provide offense and has played really well for us. You can really trust his game. I find him really trustworthy and really reliable. He's a smart player and it seems that wherever we've put him, he's helped that line do well so that's a good attribute to have.

"He's like a lucky charm."

Lucky or not, Wellwood just hopes that he can continue to keep helping his team by doing the little things that seem to be paying off.

"I'm trying to contribute," he told the Winnipeg Free Press. "I've enjoyed my time here. We've played better the last couple of games and on this road trip. I certainly want to be part of things. I hope the feeling is that I'm helping because I'm challenging myself to be better all the time and it's starting to show in my play."

Author: Kristi Hennessy- winnipegjets.com

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 47 30 13 4 153 115 64
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 50 17 23 9 40
B. Little 50 18 20 9 38
B. Wheeler 50 13 23 10 36
D. Byfuglien 50 12 21 8 33
M. Perreault 47 17 14 0 31
M. Frolik 50 10 17 6 27
M. Scheifele 50 7 20 3 27
E. Kane 35 10 12 3 22
A. Lowry 49 6 9 3 15
J. Trouba 34 5 9 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 14 5 2 .932 2.00
O. Pavelec 12 11 6 .911 2.52
 
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