The Winnipeg Jets announced seven total roster moves on Wednesday morning, two days after a blowout 6-1 loss to Edmonton, one day after a Manitoba Moose victory and hours before the Jets hit the ice for a rematch against the Oilers.
The moves, however, were nothing drastic in nature, but rather just an opportunity to get some American Hockey League players up to the Jets’ Taxi Squad for some big league reps, practice and familiarity in preparation for the 2021 postseason.
Being called up to the Jets’ Taxi Squad is netminder Eric Comrie, defenceman Ville Heinola and forwards Marko Dano, Dominic Toninato and David Gustafsson. Going the other way from the Jets to the Moose is goaltender Mikhail Berdin and blueliner Luke Green.
Comrie is 2-0-1 on the season for Manitoba, while Heinola is back with the big club after skating in three-straight contests against the Stockton Heat after being sent down to get some reps in in late April. Toninato has three goals in three AHL games this season, Gustafsson has four goals and 13 points in 14 games, while Dano has a goal and three points in 13 showings.
Also of note is that defenceman Nelson Nogier – who has suited up in just four total games this season as a casualty of the Taxi Squad – was not called up to Winnipeg, giving him further opportunity to work on his game with Manitoba.
With Nikolaj Ehlers joining Adam Lowry on the Jets’ injured reserve, Winnipeg’s current taxi squad includes the five recent additions as well as previously assigned CJ Suess. The Moose close out an AHL record 17-game homestand with the Heat on Thursday afternoon from Bell MTS Iceplex.
Although handed a five-goal defeat just two nights prior, head coach Paul Maurice will not be altering his lineup for Wednesday’s final game against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers this season.
“Unlike I think anybody else necessarily, we have to prep for road trips differently than other teams do,” Maurice said on Wednesday. “Who we bring, where our American League team is when we leave and when we come back factors into all of it. The guys have been good that we’ve brought up. They’ve worked really hard. Pascal Vincent is just over the moon with the group that he’s had, all of them. He’s enjoyed the year. They’ve worked hard and they’ve been great to work with. The guys we’re bringing up have really got good reviews. How they fit in, we’ll see how it goes in terms of injury. The line-up will be the same.”