Both players agreed to identical one-year, two-way deals worth $700K apiece with the Jets for the coming 2019-20 NHL season. If Shaw or Suess play with the Jets this year, they will make the full $700K each. If they spend the year in the minors with Winnipeg’s American Hockey League affiliate Manitoba Moose, their total earnings will drop to $225K each.
Suess, 25, was originally drafted by the Jets 129th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward put up eight goals and 12 points in 26 games with the Moose in 2018-19 – his first season in the AHL. Suess suffered an upper-body injury at the midway point of the year, and remained on the sidelines for the second half.
Shaw, 26, spent last season with the Moose, after signing as a free agent with the Jets in the late fall of 2018. In 70 AHL games last season, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound centreman amassed 29 goals and 51 points. He was Manitoba’s leading goals scorer and finished the season second in the points race. Shaw also attended the 2019 AHL All-Star Weekend as the Moose’s lone representative.
With Suess and Shaw now signed the Jets/Moose still have plenty of work to do in the contract department for the 2019-20 season. Remaining Moose players from 2018-19 left to sign include: Nic Kerdiles, Seth Griffith, Alex Broadhurst, Mark Dano, JC Lipon, Nelson Nogier, Cam Schilling, Jimmy Oligny and Ken Appleby.