Winnipeg Jets: 3 Defensemen the Jets Should Look to Sign this Offseason

Winnipeg Jets, Paul Maurice, Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
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Carolina Hurricanes, Jani Hakanpaa (58); Detroit Red Wings, Luke Glendening (41). Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Jani Hakanpaa

Like Reilly in the first slide, Hakanpaa was also traded at the deadline this season. Hakanpaa was traded from the worst team in the West Division, the Anaheim Ducks, to Stanley Cup contenders, the Carolina Hurricanes.

Hakanpaa excelled when he joined the Hurricanes down the stretch. In his fifteen games with the Canes, the twenty-nine-year-old had two goals, one assist, and had a +4 plus/minus.

Hakanpaa did not have the same effect in the playoffs as he was held off the scoresheet in his eleven games played and registered a -4 plus/minus

Just like Oleksiak, Hakanpaa is more of a defensive defenseman who can kill penalties. The one difference between the two is Hakanpaa may be a much cheaper option compared to the experienced Oleksiak.

Hakanpaa was extremely efficient this past season in limiting giveaways with only seven in 15 games, while also averaging more than three hits per game.

The Kirkkonummi, Finland native could be a nice signing for the Winnipeg Jets as a second or third pair defenseman while not being a considerable hit to the salary cap.

Winnipeg Jets Fans: Which UFA defenseman do you want the Winnipeg Jets to sign this offseason? Leave your comments below!

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