Note II: The fifth of seven pre-season games for the Jets kicks off at 7 pm at Bell MTS Place here in Winnipeg. The playing group is scheduled to skate at 10 am with the non-playing group on the ice at 12 pm at the IcePlex. As always keep it locked to illegalcurve.com for pre and post game news and be sure to follow us on social media including Twitter | Facebook | Instagram.
Note III: With all the players sent down to the Moose the team kicks off their training camp today which runs all this week out at the IcePlex. The team will take off for North Dakota where they will play against the Iowa Wild on both Friday (in Grand Forks) and Saturday (in Fargo).
Winnipeg Sun: Can Jets young guns force way onto roster? With 31 players left in camp Ken takes a look at all three positions and whether any of the young players can take a roster spot.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets captain Wheeler takes stand against Trump. (Paywall). I read Blake Wheeler’s tweet as taking a stand against the position of infringing on someone’s first amendment rights, not that the Jets captain was taking aim at Trump. I could be wrong. Sometimes it is difficult to interpret something written in 140 characters or less. I suspect we will hear further from the captain on this issue.
Winnipeg Free Press: Matt Hendricks could be key to building winning Jets season. (Paywall). It used to be Chris Thorburn who was the great divider between some segments of Jets fans and it appears (if my reading of social media is accurate) that Matt Hendricks may be the 2017-18 version of the former member of the GST line.
Winnipeg Free Press: Top defensive prospect will make camp cuts a tough call. (Paywall). Despite his surgery Tucker Poolman has looked excellent since his arrival in Winnipeg which is making things hard for the brass when it comes time to decide who will be heading down to the Manitoba Moose. Mike also wrote about JC Lipon’s effort, Michael Spacek’s development and the trio of Petan, Roslovic and Connor.
Illegal Curve: Part 1 of the Illegal Curve Hockey Show. The guys touched on the Jets first three exhibition games, the team enlisting ex-NHL official Paul Devorski to assist with penalty troubles and examined the Jets ideal defence pairings.