The Winnipeg Jets will be without forward Andrew Copp for roughly four weeks. Copp, who suffered an upper-body injury on Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, has been listed as week-to-week by the Jets. Winnipeg’s original estimate of a return following the Christmas Break has been downgraded to four weeks (roughly January 15).
After already losing linemate Mathieu Perreault to a supposed concussion, Winnipeg will be down two thirds of its third line for the foreseeable future. Both players have been placed on the team’s Injured Reserve. As hinted at in Tuesday’s game recap, the two potential Manitoba Moose call up targets each received word on Wednesday that they have, in fact, been recalled by the Jets.
Jansen Harkins – who is currently third place in the 2019-20 American Hockey League scoring race – along with Mason Appleton – who was sent to Manitoba on a conditioning stint following his recovery from a broken bone in his foot, suffered playing football in preparation for the 2019 Heritage Classic in Regina – have each been recalled from the Moose.
The Jets conclude a three-game miniature homestand Thursday evening against the Central Division’s Chicago Blackhawks from Bell MTS Place. Appleton is expected to slot into Winnipeg’s lineup Thursday evening alongside Adam Lowry and Gabriel Bourque, while Harkins will observe a re-shuffled 12-man forward group from the press box.
Harkins, 22, is in his third professional season with the Moose after being drafted by Winnipeg 47th overall in the second round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He has seven goals and 31 points in 30 games for Manitoba in 2019-20.
Appleton, 23, earned a permanent call up with the Jets following a 2017-18 AHL season in which he earned 66 points in 76 games and a partial 2018-19 half season. After recovering from his non-hockey related injury, the Jets’ 168th overall selection of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has been with the Moose for the past four games.