In this edition of Winnipeg Jets News & Rumors, I’ll try to help Jets’ fans stay up-to-date with news emerging from the Winnipeg organization.
Item One: Backup Goalie Laurent Brossoit Wins Second Game of the Season
The Jets’ seldom-used backup goalie Laurent Brossoit won his second game of the season in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Brossoit’s success against the Flames was a turn around from his last start January 24 against the Edmonton Oilers, when he gave up four goals on 38 shots and lost 4-3. The 27-year-old backup goalie was looking to bounce back and he did.
Brossoit hadn’t played in nine days but looked on top of his game against Calgary. The Jets’ backup was solid all night and made several big saves. Perhaps his biggest was stopping the hot-scoring Johnny Gaudreau’s shot with about 10 seconds left in the game to preserve the Jets’ win.
On the evening, of the 31 shots Brossoit faced he successfully kept 29 out of the net. Because Brossoit plays behind last season’s Vezina Trophy winning Connor Hellebuyck, he might be the most well-rested NHL backup goalie. However, with the plethora of back-to-back games, Hellebuyck needed a rest and Brossoit stepped in.
The 27-year-old Brossoit now has a 2-1-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in his three starts. There’s little doubt that head coach Paul Maurice will start Hellebuyck in the rematch of the two teams tonight on Thursday.
Item Two: Nikolaj Ehlers Scored Yet Again in Tuesday Night’s Victory
Nikolaj Ehlers is taking good advantage of Patrik Laine’s departure this season and scored yet another goal in the team’s 3-2 win over Calgary. Ehlers’ goal was the third goal of a strong Jets’ three-goal first period; and, it eventually stood as the team’s game-winner.
The 24-year-old Ehlers was Nikolaj-on-the-spot to tip Mark Scheifele’s shot past Flames’ goalie David Rittich. Ehler’s goal also gave the Jets back a two-goal lead. Ehlers might not get a lot of headlines, but he’s off to a really strong start to the 2020-21 season.
Ehlers is quietly second on his team’s scoring list with six goals and six assists in 10 games. There’s little doubt that, even with a shortened and condensed season, he’s on pace for his fifth 20-goal season in succession.
Item Three: Sami Niku Didn’t Play In Tuesday’s Game Against the Flames
Sami Niku is a former AHL Defensemen of the Year award-winner, but he can’t seem to find a regular spot on the Jets’ defense. He has yet to nail down a spot in the team’s every-day lineup. Tuesday was Niku’s seventh-straight game watching from the press box. On Tuesday, his guests also included David Gustafsson and Anton Forsberg.
Item Four: Blake Wheeler Has Been Getting Criticism this Season
Blake Wheeler has been getting criticized this season, and responded to that criticism by praising his Jets’ teammates and focusing on the positivity of the Jets’ dressing room in the video below.
Item Five: Former Flames’ Defenseman Derek Forbort Scores His First Goal in Winnipeg
NHL veteran defenseman Derek Forbort – who had played with the Flames last season – scored a goal and led his team with five shots on net in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Flames. Forbort’s first-period goal gave the Jets a 2-0 lead within a minute of Jets’ Trevor Lewis’ first goal of the game.
It was the 28-year-old’s first goal in a Winnipeg uniform; and, in fact, scoring isn’t what he’s known for. He’s more typically a defensive defenseman, whose reputation is to provide strong play in the defensive zone. In fact, in Forbort’s 285 NHL career games, he’s never scored more than 18 points in a single season.
Item Six: Trevor Lewis Scores the Games First Goal – Shorthanded
Similar to Forbort, a former teammate with the Los Angeles Kings, Trevor Lewis scored his first Jets’ goal in Tuesday’s 3-2 win. His short-handed goal was the first goal of the game and beat Rittich 6:40 into the first period. The 34-year-old veteran who played 12 seasons with the Kings is now playing as a depth forward for the Jets and brings experience to the team’s bottom six.
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