The Winnipeg Jets have claimed forward Karson Kuhlman off Waivers from the Seattle Kraken.
After claiming fellow forward Eeli Tolvanen from the Nashville Predators on Monday, the Kraken rolled the dice on the 27-year-old Kuhlman Tuesday. Unfortunately the numbers weren’t in their favour, as the Jets swooped in in hopes of some offensive help.
Kuhlman, an Esko, MN. product joins an ever-growing Minnesota representation that includes Nate Schmidt, Dominic Toninato, Dylan Samberg and Neal Pionk. He even played university hockey with a couple of them with the UMD Bulldogs.
An undrafted free agent signing of the Bruins, Kuhlman has skated in 114 NHL contests over the past five years and has put up 10 goals, 26 points and 21 penalty minutes in the process. Joining the Kraken midway through last season, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound forward put up two goals and eight points in 25 games, before getting off to a bit of a slow start this year.
Through 14 games with Seattle in 2022-23, he has a goal and three points. Kuhlman has a goal and five points in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Earlier in the day, Jets’ head coach Rick Bowness opened up on his disappointment with the performance of his team’s fourth line.
“I’m not happy with that fourth line at all,” he said Tuesday morning. “Last game they had two goals against and they’re not generating anything. We’re going to give it a different look tonight.”
He provided a decently-vague update on Kuhlman following Winnipeg’s loss to Vegas on Tuesday night.
“Yeah, well, we’re going to have to figure that out,” Bowness informed. “I don’t know a whole lot about him. I hear great things about his skating and his compete and everything else. He’s not getting in until late tomorrow night so we’ll figure that out as we go along.”
With Toninato currently playing with the Moose and Michael Eyssimont up on the top line, the Jets used Adam Lowry, Morgan Barron, Jansen Harkins, Sam Gagner, David Gustafsson and Kevin Stenlund in the bottom six on Tuesday. Axel Fjallby-Jonsson served as a healthy scratch. With Kuhlman joining the crew on Wednesday, new combinations are likely in line.