Former Winnipeg Jets forward Jim Slater is heading to the NLA after signing a deal with Genève-Servette, according to ESPN’s Craig Custance, later confirmed by Slater on radio.
The 32-year-old center was drafted 30th overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2002, scoring 67 goals and 71 assists in 584 NHL games.
Slater appeared in all 82 games for the Jets last season, adding five goals and eight assists in limited ice time. While he averaged under 10 minutes of play per game, he was a beast for the Jets in the face-off dot, winning 59.7% of his draws last season. Winnipeg will miss that part of his game.
Slater joins a Geneva squad that was eliminated from the Champions Hockey League tournament in the opening round, and features a few former NHLers. Their season is underway already.
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