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Jets Assign Ville Heinola to Moose

The Winnipeg Jets have assigned defenceman Ville Heinola to the Manitoba Moose.

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Jets Assign Ville Heinola to Moose

Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff broke the news via a media scrum in San Jose, prior to Winnipeg’s game against the Sharks Friday evening in California. Heinola – Winnipeg’s first round selection in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft – cracked the Jets squad for opening night and stuck with the team through the month of October.

With injuries to defencemen Anthony Bitetto, Nathan Beaulieu, Tucker Poolman and Sami Niku, Heinola continued to battle for a place in Winnipeg’s lineup. Despite sitting out as a healthy scratch on multiple occasions, he remained with the team as opposed to being sent down to the American Hockey League.

At 18 years old, Heinola has one goal, five points, four penalty minutes and a plus 3 rating through eight games of the 2019-20 NHL season. He has just one game left of eligibility before the first year of his NHL entry level deal is made official. Heinola will join Niku with the Moose for the foreseeable future.

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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