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1 on 1 with Johnny Kovacevic after he signed his new three-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets

A chat with the right side defenceman after signing his new deal with the Jets.

It was a big season for Jets 2017 3rd rounder Johnny Kovacevic who hit career highs with the Moose in goals (11), assists (19) and points (30) in addition to making his NHL debut with Winnipeg. He played a total of four games up in the NHL averaging just under 11 minutes per game.

Fresh off signing a three-year contract with the Jets I caught up with the Grimsby, Ontario product. You can watch/listen to it here:

Topics:

1) His takeaways from the 2021-22 season (:54)
2) Transition from Pascal Vincent to Mark Morrison (1:40)
3) What worked so well for him this season after setting a number of career highs (2:38)
4) How tight the Moose team is (4:09)
5) What did he learn from his first playoff experience in the pros? (5:32)
6) Building playoff muscle memory (6:55)
7) His chemistry with D partner Dylan Samberg and how they compliment each other (7:55)
8) Making his NHL debut with Jets vs Canucks back in January (9:26)
9) Was that achievement more significant given the adversity he faced as a youth (10:51)
10) Does he keep mementos? Did he keep his first Jets jersey? (11:57)
11) Having most of his family at his first game (14:16)
12) From 250 fans in NHL debut to close to 19,000 in St. Louis vs the Blues (15:38)
13) Do the four NHL games he played make next season easier? (17:22)
14) Differences in NHL vs AHL road travel (18:58)
15) Signing his three-year deal with Winnipeg (19:50)
16) Is he involved in the contract process or does he leave that to his representation (21:07)
17) Was there any talk about role (22:15)
18) His mentality heading into the season (24:03)
19) Areas of growth in his game (25:50)
20) Benefits of Jets prospects learning from each other on Moose (28:45)
21) How excited is he for assistant coach Marty Johnston’s promotion to Jets (31:04)
22) Has he gotten up to anything exciting this summer? Rest of summer plans (32:15)
23) When is he back in Winnipeg? (33:34)

Podcast:

Winnipeg Jets Training Camp Day 10

With a look at the non-playing group.

https://illegalcurve.com/winnipeg-jets-training-camp-day-10-2/

IC Hockey Show Podcast:

Topics: Jets training camp battles. Which players have earned themselves a spot. Where should Brad Lambert play this season? If the Jets were to have a forward play D who would it be?

Guests: @mikemcintyrewpg & @hailey_salvian

https://illegalcurve.com/10-1-illegal-curve-hockey-show/

Thanks very much for joining us on the Illegal Curve Hockey Show this morning.

@ICdave hard at work to get the podcast posted.

Check out the Jets and Oilers pre-game report ahead of tonight's game in Winnipeg.

https://illegalcurve.com/game-4-of-the-pre-season-jets-vs-oilers-pre-game-report/

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