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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 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 64 22 30 14 52
B. Little 64 24 27 11 51
B. Wheeler 62 17 29 14 46
D. Byfuglien 64 15 27 8 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 64 10 26 3 36
M. Frolik 64 13 20 4 33
D. Stafford 58 11 17 -19 28
J. Tlusty 54 13 11 -18 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 7 5 .919 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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