Winnipeg Jets Prospect Pulse: Jason Gregoire

Posted by Kyle Kosior in Columns,Jets Prospect Pulse,Prospect Pulse,Prospect Pulse,Winnipeg Jets on July 12, 2011 — 15 Comments

Illegal Curve first noted the possibility that former University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux standout (and Winnipeg native) Jason Gregoire may sign with the Jets several weeks ago. Lo and behold, the former Islander 3rd rounder is now Jets’ property.

Gregoire, who played his junior hockey for the Winnipeg South Blues and Lincoln Stars prior to moving on to UND, is a gregarious winger with good offensive instincts.  A former member of the all-WCHA Academic team, Gregoire is blessed with above-average hockey sense and is a player who makes the most of his opportunities.

More on Gregoire after the jump.

The versatile left-winger left school after his junior year to take advantage of a cap loophole and make himself a free-agent. Fielding offers from several teams, Gregoire decided on the home-town Jets.

Going forward, Gregoire figures to be in the mix for a job on the left wing with the big club. A 1989 birthdate, Gregoire will bring a mature game to camp and Illegal Curve would not be surprised if he made the club in a 3rd-line checking role or a 4th line energy role. A left-handed shot (quick release and accurate), Gregoire is said to be very coachable and well-liked in the room.

Standing not quite 6’ tall and tipping the scales at nearly 200 pounds, Gregoire can play a variety of styles and could make himself a valuable addition to Coach Noel’s depth chart. The aforementioned hockey sense, coupled with his preference to play up-and-down the wing and his knack for scoring timely goals would seem to indicate that he would slot in somewhere between 3rd and 6th on the Jets current left-wing depth chart.

Working in Gregoire’s favour is the fact that he is a little older than Carl Klingberg and he likely has more offensive upside (scoring at more than a point-per-game in the WCHA) than both Klingberg and the recently acquired Kendal McArdle. On the other hand, both Klingberg and McArdle have been playing professional hockey, so Gregoire will have to work hard to set himself apart from the pack by displaying some grit (he has it) and toughness (ditto). Gregoire’s leadership qualities may also come into play, and it never hurts to have a local kid in the lineup.

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  • http://twitter.com/dansudfeld Dan Sudfeld

    “Gregoire… is a gregarious winger.”  Well done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sean-Sebastian-Weech/1647330095 Sean Sebastian Weech

    From what I know Klingberg is actually more of a right winger, but can play on the left perfectly fine. Probably due to his fearless style. So we could see a line With Gregoire and Klingberg on the wings. Maybe Burmistrov in the middle? A boy can only dream.

  • Kyle Kosior

    Thanks Dan. I didn’t want to steal “truculent” from the Maple Leafs.

    I think a 4th line with Klingberg and Gregoire (with a variety of centres) would give an opponent plenty of trouble. Similar type of player, but more offence from Gregoire.

  • http://twitter.com/JZThrashNole J

    Jim Slater was always a good 4th line center for the Thrash, he was really missed when he got his concussion last season.  He and Thorburn (and Boulton who won’t be back) made for a pretty strong 4th line. I would think Klingberg would be more of a 2nd/3rd liner guy than a checking line player.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Jason Gregoire was one of the best two way forwards in the WCHA last season, he is an awesome penalty killer. Jason plays a smart game in all three zones of the ice. I believe it could be possible that Jason Gregoire will be called up sometime during the season to play for the Jets…

  • Luke Miguez

    I think Gregoire and Klingberg are more likely to see third line work this season then fourth.  If the Jets want to push Antropov back to centre (he wanted a switch to RW), he could centre a Gregoire – Antropov – Klingberg line that could be tough, yet produce some offensive numbers depending on how fast Gregoire and Klingberg are able to acclimate themselves to the NHL.

  • Luke Miguez

    It’s possible that he ends up in the line up on opening night.

  • http://twitter.com/ICdave illegalcurvedave

    Great Prospect Pule as always KK.

  • Anonymous

    It would be great to see him earn a spot, but realistically he needs some pro seasoning in the AHL.

  • Anonymous

    Great article. Im looking forward to seeing more “prospect pulse.” Hurry up October

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  • Luke Miguez

    Likely, but it’s possible he can jump right into the NHL.  It’ll depend on how a lot of these players fare in training camp.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    I would imagine but I didn’t want to sound over confident.

  • Luke Miguez

    I think when camp is settled we might be wondering who fits into our third line.  There’s more depth in this organization now, but it’s still rather lean when it comes to players capable of playing in the top 9.  Especially that left-wing spot is open to competition, and Gregoire certainly seems like he could step right into the NHL out of North Dakota.  

    It’s not ideal and I’d rather he played in the AHL for a couple of seasons, but who knows at this point.

  • Kyle Kosior

    I think there is every chance Gregoire takes a job at training camp. As Goon notes, he is a versatile player that can kill penalties, and though the Jets have added depth, there is certainly room for someone to take the initiative and secure themselves a spot. I doubt many guys are written in with pen.