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Jets agree to terms on contract extension with Toby Enstrom

Friday, 27.07.2012 / 1:24 PM / News Articles
Winnipeg Jets

Tobias Enstrom
Tobias Enstrom
Defense - WPG
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 27 | PTS: 33
SOG: 94 | +/-: 6
The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms on a five-year extension to the current NHL contract of defenceman Toby Enstrom. As per club policy, details of the contract were not disclosed. 

Enstrom was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the eighth round, 239th overall, in the 2003 NHL Draft.

“I’ve been on this team for a long time now,” said Enstrom in a conference call from his home in Sweden. “The move to Winnipeg was fun and it feels like we have a good thing going on. I really like playing in front of all the fans in that city and it made me want to stay. I’m really happy I came to agreement with the Winnipeg Jets.

“I like our defense, I like our goaltending, I like everything about this team. That’s one of the reason’s I signed. I believe in this team, and I think this year coming up is really important for us.”

Enstrom who turns 28 in October, happened to be in Winnipeg earlier this month for a charity golf tournament, which is when talks began, said Jets’ General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff in a conference call this afternoon.

“We had the opportunity to sit down with him, his agent, Mark Chipman and my management staff,” said Cheveldayoff. “We began the process at that point in time and it very clear from the onset that both sides were very interested in creating a long-term relationship.”

Chevy mentioned that the intention was always to sign Enstrom to a long-term deal before he would become a free agent and that he values what he brings to the organization both on and off the ice.

“Toby is an extremely smart hockey player that can advance the puck out of the zone with great efficiency,” he said. “He is also a player from the offensive side of it, is able to create offensive plays and move the puck to the forwards both from the defensive zone and offensive zone. He does provide a tremendous amount of flexibility and he is extremely committed to wanting to win.”

Enstrom appeared in 62 games last season as an assistant captain with the Jets. An early season shoulder injury forced him to miss over two months of hockey, but he quickly proved that he had the drive and determination to get back to full strength. He finished the year with 33 points (6G, 27A) and was second in scoring amongst the team’s defencemen.


“We saw how hard he worked off the ice to get back and to become a healthy player again to get back in the lineup as quickly as he could,” said Chevy. “He’s a quality person both on and off the ice and we’re really excited about the relationship moving forward.”


The native of Nordingra, Sweden is the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets franchise leader amongst defencemen in games played (380 – sixth most overall), points (204 – fourth overall), and assists (172 – third overall). 



His 32 career goals are one shy of former Manitoba Moose Yannick Tremblay for most goals by a defenceman in franchise history. He has averaged 23:32 time on ice per game which leaves him second in franchise history behind teammate Dustin Byfuglien. He still holds the franchise single-season record for most assists by a defenceman with 44 in 2009-10.

“We see him continuing to get better in a lot of different areas,” said Chevy. “He feels very, very comfortable with his surroundings in Winnipeg and on this team. On the ice, we believe there is room for growth within his game. I feel the injury really set him back last year the way it happened early in the season and it was difficult at times for him to get back into the rhythm. But again, he is someone that has incredible hockey sense that skates very well and plays the game the way we want to continue to play.”

 

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01