Winnipeg Jets: Three Players That Should Be Called Up From the AHL

Winnipeg Jets, Jeff Malott, #39, (Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)
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Winnipeg Jets, David Gustafsson, #19, (Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports) /

1. David Gustafsson

It seems that most writers who follow the Jets agree that the Moose player most ready to make the jump to the NHL is David Gustafsson. Yet, Gustafsson has only been with the big club for two games this season, while playing 43 games in the AHL.

Unfortunately, injuries have impacted Gustafsson’s ability to play with the big club thus far in his short professional career. And on April 6 he received more bad news as he was placed into Covid protocol, meaning that he would be unavailable for either the Moose or Jets.

Gustafsson seems like a perfect fit as a bottom-six center in the NHL with his size, intelligence, and faceoff ability. Former Manitoba Moose head coach, and current Columbus Blue Jackets associate coach, Pascal Vincent, raved about the young center.

Gustafsson has had a good year offensively with the Moose with 28 points in 43 AHL games this season. More importantly, he has logged big minutes with the Moose including time on the penalty kill and power play.

Hopefully, the young prospect will get some time with the big club before the season ends. If not, I would expect that a bottom-six forward position with the Jets next season would be Gustafsson’s to lose given the vacancies that will exist.

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