Patrice Cormier called up from St. John's IceCaps after Jim Slater suffered a broken hand

Marianne Helm

The Winnipeg Jets called up 22 year old centre Patrice Cormier on Wednesday, after centre Jim Slater suffered an apparent broken hand in Tuesday night's game.

This morning the Winnipeg Jets called up Patrice Cormier from the St. John's IceCaps of the AHL. The 22 year old centre had been there all year, playing in 32 games in an injury plagued season. He registered 7 goals, 4 assists and 60 penalty minutes during that time, and continued to be a force at the faceoff circle. I'd give you an official number, but the AHL doesn't believe in fancy things like keeping track of faceoff wins.

In 4 stints with the Jets last year, Cormier played 9 games in which he did not register a point. However, his faceoff numbers were superb as he won 22 of 30 faceoffs he took, a 73.3% efficiency rating at the dot.

Cormier has played a total of 30 NHL games between the Thrashers and the Jets, and has managed just 1 goal and 1 assist during that time, as he is known more for his work in the defensive zone and, as mentioned, on faceoffs.

Cormier is up as Jim Slater will be out of the Jets lineup for some time, as reports indicate he suffered a broken hand in Tuesday night's 5-2 over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Slater is also quite good at the dot, ranking 23rd in the NHL with a 54.3% win rate. In 26 games this season he has registered 1 goal and 1 assist.

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