The Winnipeg Jigsaw Nearly Complete: Bogosian, Buff, Rookie Development and Training Camp

August was not a great month for the Winnipeg Jets, along with Rick Rypien’s passing came Byfuglien’s boating arrest and reported weight issues as well as the uncertain future of young defenseman Zach Bogosian. September is looking much better, with the pieces slowly falling into place for Winnipeg’s first season back in the NHL.

BOGOSIAN SIGNING

The big news came out of Winnipeg on Wednesday that star defenseman Zach Bogosian had finally signed a 2 year, $2.5 million per year deal. Not a bad price for a top 4, 21-year future franchise blue-liner, when compared to Luke Schenn and Tyler Myers’ new contracts. Bogosian, a native of Massena, New York, was the youngest player ever to wear a Thrashers uniform at 18 years (87 days) old and has played in 199 NHL games. The re-signing of Bogosian was an important step for the Jets and having a young future-star player learning from experienced defenseman such as Dustin Byfuglien, Ron Hainsey, Tobias Enstrom and Johnny Oduya ensures a bright future for both Bogosian and the Jets defensive core.

DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

A rocky ride for Byfuglien in the past few weeks, first arrested for boating under the influence on August 31, then heckled by both the media and hockey fans regarding his reported 280 pound weight. The truth came out this week with Byfuglien actually weighing less than last year during Thrashers training camp at 265 pounds. Byfuglien, alongside Andrew Ladd, is set to become a leader for the Jets, having the skill set with his 6’5 frame to play at both ends of the ice. Byfuglien was positive in his first interview with the Winnipeg media at the training camp, saying he was ready to play some hockey.

ROOKIE CAMP

The Jets rookies participated in the annual Young Stars Tournament, hosted in Penticton BC. The results of the tournament were:

Winnipeg def San Jose – 4-0 Best Players: Mark Scheifele, Edward Pasquale, Levko Koper.

Edmonton def Winnipeg – 2-0 Best Players: Jason Gregoire, Zach Redmond, Ivan Telegin.

Winnipeg def Vancouver – 2-0 Best Players: Mark Scheifele, Shayne Wiebe, Zach Yuen.

The Winnipeg Jets young players showed great confidence, securing two shutout victories. Goaltender Edward Pasquale and first-round draft pick Mark Scheifele were standout performers for the Jets, with Jason Gregoire, Shayne Wiebe, Carl Klingberg and Zach Redmond all proving their abilities on the big stage. The final stats for the Jets Rookie Camp:

#

PLAYERS

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

45

Scheifele, Mark

F

3

2

1

3

+4

73

Koper, Levko

F

3

2

0

2

+2

57

Gregoire, Jason

F

3

1

1

2

+3

76

Wiebe, Shayne

F

3

1

0

1

+3

48

Klingberg, Carl

F

3

0

0

0

+1

52

Telegin, Ivan

F

3

0

0

0

-1

55

Brassard, Austen

F

3

0

0

0

0

56

Lowry, Adam

F

3

0

0

0

0

58

O’Dell, Eric

F

3

0

0

0

-1

59

Redmond, Zach

D

3

0

0

0

+3

60

Yuen, Zach

D

3

0

0

0

-1

64

Sol, Cody

D

3

0

0

0

+3

68

Kirkpatrick, Michael

F

3

0

0

0

+1

70

Albert, John

F

3

0

0

0

0

71

Melchiori, Julian

D

3

0

0

0

0

63

Chiarot, Ben

D

2

0

0

0

+1

65

Owuya, Sebastian

D

2

0

0

0

+1

74

Wilson, Klarc

F

2

0

0

0

+1

78

McFaull, Kendall

D

2

0

0

0

+3

72

Depape, Jordan

F

1

0

0

0

0

 

#

GOALIES

GP

MIN

W

L

32

Pasquale, Edward 

2

91:28

2

0

35

Carrozzi, Chris 

2

86:42

0

1

 

TRAINING CAMP

With training camp currently underway, the Jets have a number of talented players fighting for spots. The players have been sorted into 3 groups and the squad list for the camp is shown below (courtesy of illegalcurve.com):

Group A
4 – Zach Bogosian
12 – Randy Jones
16 – Andrew Ladd
18 – Bryan Little
20 – Troy Bodie
22 – Chris Thorburn
28 – Patrice Cormier
31 – Ondrej Pavelec
34 – Peter Mannino
39 – Tobias Enstrom
40 – Kenndal McArdle
43 – Riley Holzapfel
47 – Derek Meech
54 – Shawn Weller
60 – Zach Yuen
64 – Cody Sol
65 – Sebastian Owuya
67 – Akim Aliu
77 – Kevin Clark
Group B
6 – Ron Hainsey
9 – Evander Kane
27 – David Koci
33 – Dustin Byfuglien
35 – Chris Carozzi
38 – Paul Postma
44 – Arturs Kulda
45 – Mark Scheifele
46 – Spencer Machacek
49 – Ben Maxwell
50 – Chris Mason
52 – Ivan Telegin
57 – Jason Gregoire
58 – Eric O’Dell
61 – Mike Forney
63 – Ben Chiarot
71 – Julian Melchiori
78 – Kendall McFaull
80 – Nikolai Antropov
Group C
1 – David Aebischer
5 – Mark Stuart
8 – Alex Burmistrov
14 – Tim Stapleton
15 – Tanner Glass
19 – Jim Slater
24 – Janne Pesonen
26 – Blake Wheeler
29 – Johnny Oduya
32 – Eddie Pasquale
36 – Mark Flood
41 – Jason Jaffray
48 – Carl Klingberg
53 – Brett Festerling
55 – Austen Brassard
56 – Adam Lowry
59 – Zach Redmond
62 – Travis Ramsey

 

This list does not include Kyle Wellwood and Aaron Gagnon, who will also be involved.

Particularly interesting participants in the training camp are former Colorado and Montreal goaltender David Aebischer, who is likely to compete with Chris Mason for the backup goaltender position, Tyler Bodie who played 50 games with the Hurricanes last season and David Koci, a former Colorado Avalanche player. Invited after his rookie camp performance, Mark Scheifele will be expected to have a strong showing in a tough group B, despite his young age.

Around 2000 people were present for training camp day 1 in Winnipeg, great support from Jets fans who finally get to see the new boys on home ice. Another announcement by True North Entertainment this week was that around 600 individual game tickets will be made available for the Jets home games this season, with the allotment of 13,000 season tickets selling almost instantly. The individual game tickets will be sold on a staggered basis, through a random draw.  With so many tickets sold and such fan support, the NHL looks to have made the right decision in moving the Thrashers to Manitoba and a long and prosperous future in Winnipeg can be expected.

Daniel Schöpf

Daniel Schöpf

Admirer of the NHL, Canucks and the Swiss NLA. Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @HockeyWest
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