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Winnipeg Jets should explore calling up a player

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The Winnipeg Jets have the space to call up a player from the AHL and they should.

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The Winnipeg Jets are not planning on calling up a forward to replace Mark Scheifele just yet and the decision is frankly confusing. While the Jets do have the services of Mathieu Perreault on the fourth line that they can bring in, they have been hesitant to play him at centre as they agreed at the end of last year that he is best used as a winger.

While Perreault can fill in at centre just fine, the Jets have the unique opportunity to be able to try a young player in a lower-pressure situation to see where they are at in their NHL development. Jack Roslovic is probably the first player who comes to mind and he is fully deserving of the call up. He is over a point per game in the AHL this year and his play seems to be worthy of a call up. If it is not working, he can be sent down and not harm will have been done.

The other obvious option is point per game AHL player and former Winnipeg Jet youngster, Nic Petan. Last time Petan was recalled for an injury fill-in, he looked great. He tends to perform well when playing with good players. If the Jets want to see if he is NHL material, there is no better time than the present.

The Jets might still make a call up before they go on their road trip, but it makes more sense to call up a player now and let them get acclimatized to the NHL when Paul Maurice has last change and have more control over who the players match up against.

The Winnipeg Jets are currently not calling up a player in wake of Mark Scheifele’s extended absence even though they have the roster space to bring in another player. Until they call someone up, expect the Jets lines to be a jumble.