Late Wednesday morning the Jets announced the recall of defenceman Cam Schilling from the Moose. After Winnipeg went without both Dustin Byfuglien and Ben Chiarot on the blueline Tuesday, the need for some defensive depth was apparent.
Chiarot is not fully healed from his lower-body injury, and is expected to miss Thursday’s road contest in Nashville, so a blueline featuring Jacob Trouba, Josh Morrissey, Tyler Myers, Dmitry Kulikov, Joe Morrow and Sami Niku will most likely be put back to the test against the Jets’ 2018 second round playoff matchup.
With Thursday’s game in Nashville, and Saturday’s contest in Dallas the only two remaining matchups before the NHL’s All-Star Break, it may be foolish to rush Chiarot back into the lineup if not 100 percent ready to play. With Winnipeg’s next game coming on January 28th, the current setup of defenders should serve as a current fit.
Shilling, 30, was recalled previously in the 2018-19 season, dressing in four games while picking up one assist. In 27 American Hockey League games for the Moose, the Indiana native has one goal and 10 points.