On Monday evening, after the Winnipeg Jets finalized their 2022-2023 season opening night roster, they subsequently announced that they reassigned Ville Heinola to the Manitoba Moose.
Many were surprised by this move considering Heinola played well during the preseason and arguably performed better than Logan Stanley who made the roster.
Since Heinola was drafted as the 20th overall selection in the 2019 NHL draft, he has only played in 25 NHL games with the Jets. He played eight of those games, the season after he was drafted but failed to cement his spot on Winnipeg’s roster.
In those 3 seasons since being drafted, the defenseman has played in 63 AHL games with the Moose and has been loaned back to his home country of Finland twice, for more playing opportunities.
This year many believed the top Jets’ top defensive prospect would slot into the open sixth defenseman lineup spot, but as mentioned above, many were astonished by the fact that the twenty-one-year-old did not make the opening roster this season.
Twitter reacts to the Winnipeg Jets reassigning Ville Heinola to the Manitoba Moose
The first tweet listed below gives light as to why the Jets may have sent Heinola down. The reason being is that former Jets coach, Paul Maurice sent Heinola to the AHL at the beginning of the past two seasons. Now the Jets are under the tutelage of a new bench boss, Rick Bowness, and Bowness did the same with Heinola.
Therefore, two different NHL coaches came to the same conclusion about the young Finland-born defenseman. The reply tweet adds to a reason why Heinola may have not made Winnipeg’s roster:
The next tweet follows this same pattern of thinking regarding Heinola as the tweet above:
This next tweet states the point that the Jets may now have a plan for Heinola:
The rest of the tweets listed below seem unhappy with the Jets’ decision to move Heinola to the AHL to start the season:
As you can clearly see above, people are on both sides of the argument regarding Heinola’s reassignment. Only time will tell if this was a smart decision from the Jets’ coaching staff and front office.