On Wednesday afternoon, the Winnipeg Jets announced the signing of defenceman Nelson Nogier to a two-year, two-way contract, carrying an average annual value of $725K at the NHL level. Should the 24-year-old spend either of the next two years within the American Hockey League with the Manitoba Moose (which he is free to do on a two-way deal), the contract value would drop to an AHL level of pay at roughly $80K annually.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Saskatoon, SK. product played his junior hockey for his hometown Blades for three seasons, before finishing his Western Hockey League career with the Red Deer Rebels in 2016. In 235 total WHL games, Nogier scored eight goals and added 42 assists to go alongside 196 penalty minutes.
Nogier spent the 2016-17 season split between the Jets and the Moose, with the first-year professional skating in 60 games in the AHL and 10 in the NHL. He earned one fighting major during his call-up, while scoring two goals, 13 points and 35 penalty minutes with the Moose. 2017-18 was spent entirely with the Moose, while the 2018-19 season saw Winnipeg’s former fourth round draft pick (2014) skate in one game for the big club.
Despite not cracking the Jets’ roster once again in 2019-20, the 24-year-old certainly had his name circulate through the system, as Winnipeg’s defence corps quickly decimated almost on a nightly basis last season. In 58 games with Manitoba, Nogier scored once, put up nine points and 45 penalty minutes, while serving as a shutdown defender on a cellar-dwelling team.