Over the last few weeks, the fans of the Winnipeg Jets have been clamoring for news and updates surrounding the club as it enters the final few days of training camp and culminating into a winning roster entering the 2016-'17 NHL season. High hopes and expectations abound, as rookies Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine look to gel with the veterans in Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little and Dustin Byfuglien as they enter the upcoming campaign for Lord Stanley's Cup. Lots have changed since training camp began (See my previous reports from Sept 26th, Sept 28th, and Oct 4th) and now the team can settle down and focus on the task at hand. With that said, the news is sparse as the team looks to narrow it's focus and it's numbers. Here's a compilation of media updates, giving you the information as it came out of camp and the final two exhibition games, leading up to today's final roster announcement.
Wednesday, Oct 5th:
Drew Stafford (upper body, day-to-day) is not on ice this morning. So lines are just a taste of what they might look like in regular season— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) October 5, 2016
Thursday, Oct. 6th:
Friday, Oct 7th:
Chevy has some major calls to make on #nhljets with one-way deals. Be interesting to see if tries to make a trade or two before waiving vets— gary lawless (@garylawless) October 7, 2016
Saturday, Oct 8th:
Sunday, Oct 9th:
The Winnipeg Jets players have the day off, but the team's coaches and management are meeting to make the tough decisions and determine the team's roster moving forward to Tuesday's roster deadline.
Monday, Oct 10th:
Jets send 8 to AHL— gary lawless (@garylawless) October 10, 2016
Chase De Leo
Yellow, non-contact jerseys still being worn by Drew Stafford (upper body) and Shawn Matthias (upper body) at #NHLJets skate today— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) October 10, 2016
Practice now well over an hour, Maurice rewards the guys who made team with a bag skate. pic.twitter.com/PZqpftVqtM— 680 CJOB Sports (@CJOBSports) October 10, 2016
#NHLJets HC Paul Maurice said he'd have a better idea on Tue but he's "very optimistic" Drew Stafford, Shawn Matthias will be ready 4 opener— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) October 10, 2016
Come and listen to the Superfans be happy for once! Episode 44 is now ready for your ears! https://t.co/iluq8866gB— AIH Superfans (@AIHSuperfans) October 10, 2016
The Winnipeg Jets have cancelled their on ice practice today, and their final roster needs to be in to the NHL by 4pm CST.
With no movement on the trade front or waiver wire, here is the 23 man roster of the Winnipeg Jets going into the 2016-'17 season...
What do you think? Could the Jets management done more? Will Hutchinson and Hellebuyck put the Jets over the top? How do you think Trouba's trade request will pan out? Let us know below, and be sure to vote on the poll. A poll result article will be posted on Thursday, Oct 13th at 6 pm CST, just prior to the Jets season opener. Cheers!