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Winnipeg Jets Practice Report

The Jets hit the ice for the first practice of 2023.

With the Jets off on Sunday they return to the ice today and the biggest question is how many players might be inching back to a return to the lineup?

Skate news:

As per Mitchell Clinton of the Jets some news from the practice today with many faces returning to be part of skate. He indicated that:

Nate Schmidt is in a regular uniform. Cole Perfetti and Nikolaj Ehlers are in light blue (which he believes means they can take contact). Blake Wheeler and Saku Maenalanen in red, non-contact jerseys. Lastly, no Josh Morrissey this morning.

He also provides the line rushes and D pairs below.

Line rushes and D pairs:

Connor-Dubois-Reichel
Lowry-Scheifele-Kuhlman
Barron-Stenlund-AJF
Eyssimont-Gustafsson-Gagner
Perfetti, Ehlers, Harkins (light blue)
Wheeler, Maenalanen (red)

Capobianco-DeMelo
Samberg-Pionk
Dillon-Heinola

Player media availability:

Coach media availability:

Topics:

1) Status of injured players.
2) Status of Josh Morrissey? (:47)
3) Philosophy on young players (1:24)
4) Getting a chance to regain confidence by getting back on ice quickly (2:21)
5) Pride he takes in icing a disciplined team (3:12)
6) How does he get a team to subscribe to his message re: penalties (4:14)
7) Is it more difficult when the lineup is in flux? (4:58)
8) Bringing Kristian Reichel up (5:15)
9) Focusing on honouring guys who are stepping up for injured teammates (6:45)
10) Josh Morrissey extending his success and not reverting (8:00)
11) Seeing unrealized potential in players (9:28)

Health news:

Defenceman Josh Morrissey was missing and head coach Rick Bowness said “he should be fine for tomorrow. It was a maintenance day. He should be fine for tomorrow.”

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Up next:

The Jets take on the Flames tomorrow in Winnipeg. Be sure start your morning with the Morning Papers which go live at 7 AM, stick with us throughout the day for the latest news and then after the game be part of the conversation on the Illegal Curve Post-Game Show after the Winnipeg/Calgary game.

The Jets have gone from a team with seven injured players to two (Appleton & Gustafsson) but that number grew to three when defenceman Dylan DeMelo was added to the list.

The latest on the trio of skating wounded.

https://illegalcurve.com/winnipeg-jets-coach-rick-bowness-gives-last-health-update-before-all-star-break/

Papers Update:

Scout's Analysis: How the Winnipeg Jets should approach trade deadline.

https://illegalcurve.com/winnipeg-jets-morning-papers-3756/

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