Note: We are now in the quiet stretch of time which silence may be broken with news of a signing of the remaining RFAs (Vilardi, Barron, Stanley & Chisholm) as well as a potential free agent or two. We did learn courtesy of the NHLPA the arbitration dates scheduled for Gabe Vilardi and Morgan Barron.
The Hockey News: Three NHL prospect defensemen who could use a change of scenery. Samberg, who is two years older then Heinola, will just be getting his first shot at being an everyday NHLer this season. The Jets tend to slow play their defence prospects and with Heinola having one more year of waiver exemption it seems likely he may spend another season cooking in the minors. Of course he’ll have something to say about that and given his end of season media availability you got the sense that he is going to have a very impactful summer of training to force the Jets to keep him up in the NHL.
OHL Network: Catching up with Jets prospect Jacob Julien. The folks at the OHL caught up with Jets 5th rounder from 2023 Jacob Julien after he returned home from Development Camp. They discussed being drafted by Winnipeg, being at Development Camp, playing for London and more.
Illegal Curve Hockey Show: Saturday Podcast. On the show we discussed the lack of buzz surrounding Mark Scheifele and Connor Hellebuyck, potential contracts for Gabe Vilardi and Morgan Barron, Mike McIntyre’s article on Nino Niederreiter and his importance to Winnipeg this upcoming season, the overall depth of the Jets and we took a look around at the Central Division. We also had former TSN 1290 personality Rick Ralph and Predators radio play-by-play voice Willy Daunic join us for a chat.