WINNIPEG - A lot of the focus coming into Friday night's game against the Canucks was the fact that Blake Wheeler was shifting to the middle.
Wheeler was good, but on this night Kyle Connor was everywhere and notched a goal and an assist in a 4-1 Winnipeg Jets' win over the Vancouver Canucks. Connor worked well with Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine, one of two new-look lines for the Jets on Friday night.
"Everybody can play with anybody pretty much," said Connor of the juggled lines.
"We've been pretty familiar with a lot of the guys; you know we switch it up quite a bit. So I think it's no foreign players. Nobody's first time playing with one another. I think we just read off each other and specifically for our line, we all can make plays but that doesn't mean that's our starting foundation."
Video: POSTGAME | Kyle Connor
Connor's sixth goal of the season was of the highlight variety in the third period as he knocked the puck off former teammate Tyler Myers stick at the Jets blueline and he was off to the races beating Thatcher Demko with a slick move.
"He can make a goalie move from a very tight distance. Usually he'll just sit and hold but he can get it across his body fast enough that he can open a goaltender up," said Paul Maurice.
"Cause he's so shifty and I think he's just learning what he's great at, what he can do. Like he's dynamic in very small areas. I don't know where it comes from. God probably."
Connor smiled when asked about stealing the puck from Myers.
"I don't know if he saw me coming from behind there," said Connor.
"Just came in on a breakaway and just kind of took what the goalie gave me."
Wheeler knows Connor's skills well after playing with him for a significant period of time on the Jets top line. Like everyone else in the Jets room he was impressed with the move the Michigan product put on Demko.
"Those hands are special. He's definitely found something there with that little move," said Wheeler of Connor's goal tonight.
"Get him alone he's got a lot of confidence right now. Typically high end guys that do that every level their whole life when you get picked that high (17th overall in 2015) it typically translates. He's been a goal scorer at a high level his entire life and for him the missing piece was confidence. Get him some confidence, get him some opportunities in tight, he's definitely got the hands to put it in the note. He's a special player."