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Player Review: Jack Roslovic

Can the young forward continue to improve in the upcoming season?

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Jack Roslovic should be the poster boy for the common experience for young players on the Winnipeg Jets. He looked good in limited ice time, but rarely played off of the fourth line and was scratched for weird reasons from time to time. When he did play, Roslovic did look good even if the results were not there.

Player Season Team Position GP TOI G A P P1 P/60 P1/60 GS GS/60 CF CA C+/- CF% Rel CF%
JACK.ROSLOVIC 2018-2019 WPG C 77 691.17 4 13 17 13 1.48 1.13 16.76 1.45 625 644 -19 49.25 0.39

Roslovic has done surprisingly well in the NHL and should be playing more than he is. He does have speed to burn and could do well on a line with Mathieu Perreault as their style of play matches might do well together. Beyond that, he should be playing more than the fourth line does and with better players than the fourth line. Roslovic has a good amount of potential, but beyond scoring he is already a good player for the Jets.

This brings us to the weirdest note from this off-season: he fired his agent for reasons unknown, but the thought if that he changed agents is because he is unhappy with his usage this past season. If this is the reason, it is hard to say if it was earned or not, but Roslovic is better than his playing time suggests. He also is better than someone who gets scratched for someone like Par Lindholm.

The question with Roslovic is how does he have to prove himself away from the top line. How long does he have to play on the fourth line until he has earned a higher slot in the lineup? What happens if the Jets refuse to trade him because he is seen as too valuable to the team to trade. At some point they have to let him play and move him off of the fourth line to do so. This season will be a key one for Roslovic and it will be interesting to see how he performs.