3 Talking Points: Winnipeg Jets Win Preseason Home Opener vs. Senators

Winnipeg Jets, Kyle Connor (81). Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Winnipeg Jets, Kyle Connor (81). Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Winnipeg Jets, Michael Eyssimont (23). Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Eyssimont Continues his Fantastic Preseason

Although the Jets are less than a week into their training camp, some players have already started to make great cases for themselves to make the Jets’ opening night roster.

One Jets player who has been consistently highly praised so far is Michael Eyssimont. The former 2016 Los Angeles Kings fifth-round pick signed with the Jets during the 2021 offseason and played a full season with the Manitoba Moose last season and only appeared in one NHL game with the Jets.

The twenty-six-year-old has been a force so far this training camp and continued his great run of form against Ottawa.

In this contest, Eyssimont logged 15:30 of ice time, which was the most among Jets’ forwards who were not full-time players on Winnipeg’s roster last year. He was also a key figure on the Jets’ powerplay in this game.

Eyssimont was able to score his first goal of this preseason on the man advantage. Playing with Nikolaj Ehlers, Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele, and Josh Morrissey, Eyssimont was the net-front player.

As the Jets worked the puck from low to high and across the blueline, Eyssimont moved from behind the goal to in front of Ottawa’s goaltender. Connor then released a shot from the point, which Eyssimont redirected to tie the game for the Jets.

Besides the goal, Eyssimont was terrific on the forecheck and was tenacious on the puck. He added a dynamic aspect to the Jets’ lineup.

Eyssimont’s performance in Winnipeg’s victory showed why there is a lot of excitement around the Colorado native. If Eyssimont continues playing this way, there is no doubt in my mind, that he will be on the Jets’ season opening roster.