Note: Over in Finland on Friday night 2017 4th rounder Santeri Virtanen had a good night for SaiPa assisting on two of their goals. Ville Heinola (2019 1st rounder) picked up a primary assist in a loss for Lukko which gives him 13 assists in 17 games (as well as one goal) as he rides a five-game points streak. Henri Nikkanen (2019 4th rounder) picked up an assist on the game-winning goal for Jukurit in OT which has him tied for ninth in Liiga scoring for U20 players.
Note II: Time for another Mail Bag with Ken Wiebe who is taking your Jets related questions. If you’d like to ask him something you can message him here.
Note III: Join us for three hours of The Illegal Curve Hockey Show on TSN 1290 Winnipeg this morning starting at 9:00 a.m. CT. Today’s guests on the show include: Bob McKenzie (TSN), Brad Berry (UND Head Coach), Ted Wyman (Sports Editor of Winnipeg Sun) and Brian Engblom (broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Lightning). You can listen to show here.
Note IV: NY Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder brought the spirit of the Winnipeg Jets to his media availability this week.
The Athletic: Projecting the 2023-24 rankings. Folks can barely successfully predict the rankings for an upcoming season but Pronman put on his prognostication hat to try his hand at this exercise.
Winnipeg Free Press: Vesalainen not fooling around. (Paywall). This is from Friday’s papers but worth sharing again as Jay had a good chat with the 2017 1st rounder. You really get a sense of maturity from what Vesalainen had to say.
Sportsnet: What is Western Canada’s best NHL rivalry? The Western Canada round table with Gene Principe, Sean Reynolds, Dan Murphy & Ryan Leslie discuss which teams form the best rivalry. While the Jets and Flames rivalry wasn’t chosen as the top rivalry obviously, it was still discussed as an up and coming one.