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Player Review: Logan Shaw

Winnipeg Jets v Calgary Flames - Game Two Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

I’m not sure there is a player on the Jets that I knew less about than Logan Shaw. The Jets signed him in November of 2018. That season he put up an impressive 46 points in 63 games for the Manitoba Moose. In 2019-20 he split time between the Moose and the Jets, ending up playing 35 games with the big club, and putting up five points essentially in a fourth line role.

The Calgary series illustrated to the Jets the importance of your bottom two forward lines having an identity. One, or both, preferably are fast, physical and hard to play against. Think back to the Jets Western Conference finals team with a fourth line of Adam Lowry, Brandon Tanev, Andrew Copp.

As you can tell, Shaw fell off the proverbial cliff this year after not being a strong play driver for years prior to this one. This year he would have actively been hurting the team more than normal on the ice and that is a major issue. The Jets just needed him to not be awful and he couldn’t achieve that.

Logan Shaw is a 27 year old pending UFA. If the Jets re-sign him I suspect it would primarily be to provide a veteran presence and leadership on the Moose. If he hopes to stick with the big club I would suggest that he would need to utilize his size more effectively (listed at 6’3”, 208 lbs), providing physical play and grit as a fourth line player. I’m not sure if that is in his wheelhouse at 27.

Best of luck to Logan Shaw in the next phase of his pro hockey journey.