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Winnipeg Jets Sign Skyler McKenzie to Entry Level Deal

By Carter Brooks

Photos by Dayna Fjord and Skyler McKenzie

On Tuesday the Winnipeg Jets announced that they have signed 20-year-old forward Skyler McKenzie to a standard three-year entry-level contract, beginning in the 2018-19 season. McKenzie’s deal will hold an average annual value of $741K. 

Winnipeg Jets Sign Skyler McKenzie to Entry Level Deal

McKenzie – a product of Sherwood Park, AB. – spent the last four season playing for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. After putting together an impressive 2016-17 campaign that saw him match his 42 goals with another 42 assists, the Jets’ 2017 seventh round draft pick upped his game in 2017-18, registering 47 goals and 87 points.

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Although skating alongside Winnipegger, and the first ever draft pick of the Vegas Golden Knights, Cody Glass, McKenzie’s 47 goals was good enough for team lead. Glass managed a handful more points than his fellow linemate, but the two certainly put together yet another impressive season. 

On top of his regular season production, McKenzie collected an additional three goals and eight points in 12 postseason games with the Winterhawks this spring, before the Jets’ American Hockey League affiliate, Manitoba Moose, signed the 5-foot-9, 170-pound winger to an AHL deal. 

In three playoff games for the Moose, McKenzie collected one goal – the game winner – against Grand Rapids in late April. 

Through 282 WHL games, McKenzie has picked up 101 goals, 212 points and 210 penalty minutes. 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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