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Jets Training Camp Rosters Released, Phase III to Begin Monday

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Jets Training Camp Rosters Released, Phase III to Begin Monday

The Winnipeg Jets will hold the first skate of their return to play, COVID camp tomorrow morning, Monday, July 13. A list of 18 Jets forwards, 12 defencemen and three goaltenders has been crafted, making up the 33 Phase III participating team members. To which, these names have been divided into two groups for a morning of one-ice training and prep for the delayed 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Both Monday’s and Tuesday’s morning schedules will see a more veteran-looking team take to the Bell MTS Iceplex ice first, before a younger, AHL player-driven squad (with the exception of Mathieu Perreault) will suit up following the first skate. Despite the allowance of attendance of media at the facility, in-person availability will not be occurring, rather a couple players and coaches will be made available via Zoom post-skate each day.

Group 1:

Goaltenders

  • Laurent Brossoit
  • Connor Hellebuyck

Defencemen

  • Neal Pionk
  • Luca Sbisa
  • Dmitry Kulikov
  • Dylan DeMelo
  • Josh Morrissey

Forwards

  • Andrew Copp
  • Adam Lowry
  • Cody Eakin
  • Blake Wheeler
  • Nikolaj Ehlers
  • Jack Roslovic
  • Patrik Laine
  • Mark Scheifele
  • Kyle Connor

Group 2:

Goaltender

  • Eric Comrie

Defencemen

  • Tucker Poolman
  • Sami Niku
  • Carl Dahlstrom
  • Nathan Beaulieu

Forwards

  • David Gustafsson
  • Nick Shore
  • Mark Letestu
  • Logan Shaw
  • Gabriel Bourque
  • Jansen Harkins
  • CJ Suess
  • Mason Appleton
  • Mathieu Perreault

Interestingly, defencemen Anthony Bitetto, Logan Stanley and Nelson Nogier were not listed on either of the two groups. A wide array of potential explanations and presumptive assumptions could be listed as to reasoning, but at this point, we won’t go there. Injured forward Bryan Little (eardrum) also was not listed as a participant for Phase III or IV of the return to play. This is not good news for Little, or for the team in any regard.

Following the conclusion of the summer training camp, the Jets will be heading to Edmonton in late-July for a best-of-five qualifying round series with the Pacific Division’s Calgary Flames. Winnipeg (37-28-6) finished one point above Calgary (36-27-7) in the 2019-20 COVID-19 shortened season, but the Flames’ winning percentage (.564) was one decimal point better than the Jets’, giving Calgary ‘home-ice advantage’ in the neutral site postseason. The first two games as well as the fifth game will be considered ‘home’ for the Flames, while Winnipeg is listed as ‘home’ for games three and four.

The Jets and Flames will go to battle on August 1, 3 and 4 for sure, while potential games four and five will be held on August 6 and 8, if necessary. With five-to-six contests daily, puck drop for each round robin and qualify round game will be different. In Edmonton, the three daily matchups will be held at 1:00, 5:30 and 9:30 PM, central. A full broadcast schedule is expected to be released in the coming week.

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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