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Nick Shore Claimed on Waivers; Michael Spacek Sent Down

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Winnipeg has picked up the Leafs castaway, while Spacek returns to the Manitoba Moose

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 Nick Shore #26 of the Toronto Maple Leafs warms up prior to an NHL pre-season game against the Detroit Red Wings at Scotiabank Arena on September 28, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.
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The Winnipeg Jets announced Wednesday that they have claimed centre Nick Shore on waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Shore, 27, appeared in 21 games for the Leafs this year, with one goal and two assists, a 54.4% success rate from 147 faceoffs.

Shore had very good possession metrics prior to arriving in Toronto, where they slid to sub-par levels. Shore has 49 points in 221 career games in the NHL, and spent last season with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the KHL, where he had 16 points in 37 regular season games and five points in six playoff games.

With the World Juniors looming, and Sweden asking questions, this move could spell a temporary end to David Gustafsson’s time with the Jets, as the teenager is a desired commodity for his U20 national team.

Michael Spacek returns to the Manitoba Moose after getting an NHL paycheque since November 13th. Spacek has yet to play an NHL game. The 22-year-old has seven points in 14 games with the Moose this season.

After announcing yesterday that Dmitry Kulikov would be out until after the all-star break, the Jets announced today that Kulikov has been placed on injured reserve. Cameron Schilling was called up on November 30 as a result.

Mason Appleton and Nathan Beaulieu both took full practice today, and may soon be coming off of injured reserve. The Jets currently have 22 of a possible 23 players on their roster.