Note: As expected Jets prospects Ville Heinola and Henri Nikkanen were named to Finland’s preliminary World Junior roster.
Note II: My chat with Jets prospect David Gustafsson on Thursday covered quite a bit of ground. On Friday we learned why he chooses to wear number 19 and that he is dealing with a minor lower-body injury. More to come today and tomorrow from my conversation with the talented Swedish centre.
Note III: Jets winger Mason Appleton changed his number from 82 to 22 on Friday.
Note IV: 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: Paul Edmonds (TSN 1290 Winnipeg), Mitch Menick (TSN 690 Montreal), Mark Masters (TSN), Al Strachan (Author of Hockey’s Hot Stove) and Brad Schlossman (Grand Forks Herald). You can listen to show here.
Winnipeg Free Press: What to expect from the 2021 Jets? Mike has ten questions about the local NHL franchise.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Jets state of the franchise: If ever there was a time to ‘prove it,’ this is it. (Paywall). Murat is back with this comprehensive state of the franchise which looks at 1) Biggest on-ice question. 2) Biggest off-ice question. 3) Depth chart analysis. 4) In the pipeline. 5) Salary cap watch. 6) Final assessment.
Sportsnet: What an all-Canadian Division means for the Winnipeg Jets. Who doesn’t get excited thinking of a Smythe Division on steroids? Ken looks at the storylines between the Jets and the other six Canadian teams.
Winnipeg Sun: Stealing Christmas but bring on hockey? Jets, government facing sticky situation with training camp potentially around the corner. Ted weighs in on the idea of hockey getting going again in Manitoba.
NHLPA: Old teammates made new again, Stastny and the Jets excited to reunite again. No doubt the Jets will be happy to have him back in that second line centre role.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Donvito Roundtable. Guys spoke to Jets 2020 1st rounder Cole Perfetti.