The Winnipeg Jets are officially only ten days away from hitting the ice for the first time as a team for the 2021-2022 season.
On Thursday, September 23, the Jets will kick off their training camp at Bell MTS Iceplex with a 10:00 a.m. central time practice.
In total, Winnipeg’s training camp will be over the course of three weeks and one day, which will begin on September 23 and end on October 8 when the Jets faceoff in their final preseason game against the Calgary Flames.
The Winnipeg Jets have listed a total of 23 forwards, 17 defensemen, and 5 goaltenders on their training camp roster
Out of the 23 forwards on the Jets’ roster, 12 of them competed for the Jets during the 2021 season. The newcomers to this group of forwards include free agent signings: Riley Nash, Austin Poganski, Mikey Eyssimont, and Luke Johnson.
In addition to the free agents, there will be four forwards who competed in the AHL last season for the Manitoba Moose at camp including Cole Perfetti, Kristian Reichel, Haralds Egle, and C.J. Suess.
Egle is one of three forwards that is attending Jets’ camp on a tryout contract. The other two forwards on a tryout are Evgeny Svechnikov and Evan Polei.
Winnipeg will have seven defensemen returning from last season’s roster at training camp. Those players are Dylan DeMelo, Neal Pionk, Sami Niku, Ville Heinola, Nathan Beaulieu, Josh Morrissey, and Logan Stanley.
Adding to this group are, veteran defensemen, Brenden Dillon and Nate Schmidt, who were both acquired this offseason in trades.
The Jets front office have also invited a number of young defensemen to camp including their 2022 third-round draft pick, Dmitri Kuzmin, along with Tyrel Bauer and Simon Lundmark. Bauer was drafted by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and has still not signed a contract with Winnipeg. While the twenty-year-old Lundmark has played in Sweden throughout his career and has an entry-level contract with the Jets.
Rounding out this defensive group is Declan Chisholm, Dylan Samberg, Nelson Nogier, Johnathan Kovacevic, and Leon Gawanke. All of these players played for the Moose in 2021.
Besides Connor Hellebuyck, out of the four other goaltenders that will be attending Winnipeg’s camp, they have a combined total of one NHL game played during the 2021 season. The lone goaltender that appeared in an NHL contest last season was Eric Comrie.
Competing for a roster spot with Comrie will be Mikhail Berdin, Arvid Holm, and Phillipe Desrosiers. Desrosiers will be attending camp on a tryout.
It will be extremely interesting to watch who wins this competition during camp and will be Hellebuyck’s backup for this upcoming season.
You can also get ready for camp by reading Dan St. Joseph’s article regarding three compelling storylines to watch for during training camp by clicking here or the “NEXT” link at the bottom of the article.
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