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The Winnipeg Jets have competition at forward

Can skilled young players push out wiley veterans?

Winnipeg Jets v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

The Winnipeg Jets seemed to have committed themselves to the same forward group starting the 2017-2018 season as the one that finished the 2016-2017 season and that is a minor problem. While the forward group was not bad last year there is always room for improvement and the Jets have the pieces to make those improvements in house.

The Jets have Jack Roslovic and Kyle Connor waiting in the wings and might want to see what Nic Petan can do with actual linemates in the NHL. While both Connor and Roslovic can play in the AHL this year without passing through waivers, it would be prudent for the Jets to see what they have in those two before making long-term plans.

While the Jets have made depth-signings the past two days, they might not be the best depth-signings. There is nothing wrong with Brandon Tanev, but there are so many other forwards out there who can perform the same job for less. However, at least the Jets have avoided signing Chris Thorburn like the St. Louis Blues did and they most definitely did not trade for Ryan Reaves.

The Jets have made no bad signings recently. They are potentially blocking better players or adding the wrong kind of depth when it comes to Tanev, but they are not committing term to any of these players which is vital as next off-season kicks off the parade of expiring contracts for key, young players.