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Winnipeg Jets’ Roster Moves: Taxi Squad, Waivers & Manitoba Moose

The Winnipeg Jets are building their team for the 2020-21 season. What roster moves are they making? Who’s coming? Who’s leaving?

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In this edition of Winnipeg Jets’ Roster Moves, I’ll share the recent moves and transactions that have occurred from the organization.

Related: Jets Claim Anton Forsberg, Oilers Goaltending Situation Unclear

Item One: The Jets Assign Two Players to Their Taxi Squad

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Kristian Vesalainen and Logan Stanley have been assigned to the Jets’ taxi squad. During the season’s opener against the Calgary Flames, both Vesalainen and Stanley were healthy scratches. Vesalainen has NHL experience – all during the 2018-19 season – and scored an assist in five career NHL games. 

Item Two: Winnipeg Claimed Anton Forsberg Off Waivers from Carolina. 

When the Jets claimed goalie Anton Forsberg off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes, it was a bit of a round-about move. Earlier in the week, the Hurricanes had claimed Forsberg off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers. Forsberg has stayed in Canada, but it’s expected he’ll have to go through quarantine before reporting to the Jets. Winnipeg lost a goalie earlier this week when Eric Comrie was claimed by the New Jersey Devils. 

Item Three: Trevor Lewis Signs a One-Year Contract with the Jets

Trevor Lewis signed a one-year contract with the Jets at the NHL league minimum of  $750,000. Lewis was invited to the Jets’ training camp on a professional tryout (PTO) and performed well enough to earn a contract and space probably as a member of the team’s fourth line. Last season with the Los Angeles Kings, he scored six goals and six assists (for 12 points) in 56 games. 

Trevor Lewis, new Winnipeg Jets Player

Item Four: The Jets Release Cole Kehler and Jimmy Oligny

Last week, Winnipeg released both Cole Kehler and Jimmy Oligny. The two players had been invited to the Jets’ training camp on PTOs, but didn’t find a contract. 

Item Five: Dylan DeMelo Missed Game 1 of the 2020-21 Season Because of a New Baby

Dylan DeMelo didn’t play in Thursday night because his wife just gave birth to a baby. Because the Jets will be on a road trip for the first few games of the season, it might be that he’ll be day-to-day. DeMelo signed a four-year, $12 million contract with the Jets during the off-season after came to the Jets at the trading deadline from the Ottawa Senators. 

Item Six: Jets Assign Nine Players to the AHL Manitoba Moose

The Jets assigned nine players to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.

One of those players was Ville Heinola. Heinola had played in 19 games with Lukko of Finland’s Liiga, where he scored a goal and 13 assists. He then played for Team Finland at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he added four assists in seven games at the WJC. In that tournament, Team Finland won a bronze medal and Heinola earned a place on all-star team. 

Ville Heinola, Winnipeg Jets

German native Leon Gawanke was also sent back to the AHL Moose. Last season, Gawanke played for Eisbaren Berlin (the Polar Bears) of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga. With the Moose last season, he scored four goals and 22 assists (for 26 points) in 48 AHL games. 

The Jets also assigned Skyler McKenzie, Mikhail Berdin, Declan Chisholm, Luke Green, Johnathan Kovacevic, Joona Luoto, Kristian Reichel, Nelson Nogier, Cole Perfetti, and C.J. Suess to Manitoba of the AHL last week.

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Item Seven: Winnipeg Placed Dominic Toninato on Long-Term Injured Reserve List

Dominic Toninato was listed as unfit to play and, as a result, unavailable for the Jets’ training camp. Currently, there’s no definitive word on what his injury issue is or when he’ll be able to return. Toninato signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Jets in October after he scored four goals and 11 points in 46 games with the Florida Panthers last season.

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