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Player Review: Nicholas Shore

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Shoresy!!!!! I sincerely hope in the dressing room he chirps his teammates like his namesake from the show Letterkenny.

Nicholas Shore appeared in 42 regular season games for the Jets this season and amassed three points after being picked up on waivers in December from the Toronto Maple Leafs. The thinking was that he would be an inexpensive depth center who would add a veteran presence to the young fourth line, having played in more than 200 NHL games.

The scouting report was that he was defensively sound and good at faceoffs. He did lead the Jets in faceoff win percentage (55.3% in a small sample size), but did not really contribute the type of lock down defensive play or grit that one hopes to get from a depth player. His best career season was 19 points in 2017-18, so I think it’s unlikely that there is much more upside potential to his offensive game.

The reason for that is you can see the cliff he has fallen off of when it comes to shooting stats. He no longer drives play and this is not a Winnipeg issue as it happened in Toronto as well. Maybe it was because the Toronto Maple Leafs were going through it earlier this year, but the falloff is immense and looks bad.

Shore is a pending UFA and even though he likely won’t warrant much of an increase to his $775,000 per year salary, I think that the Jets will likely let him walk in free agency.

Best of luck to Shoresy wherever his hockey journey takes him next!