WINNIPEG - With ten days until the start of the 2019-20 regular season for the Winnipeg Jets, training camp continued at Bell MTS Iceplex.
It was another high-paced, intense skate for over an hour as they prepare for their fifth preseason game scheduled for Tuesday night in Calgary.
"It's just a transfer now (from the first week of camp), so we had a block of things we wanted to work on. We feel that we are seeing it enough on the ice that they understand it. So we'll carry some of those and now we'll go to more speed," said Maurice.
"There was a lot of heaviness today. We really focused on our passing. Something as simple as that, even with NHL players. When they focus on it, man they can heat that thing up and pass it hard and then they can move fast. If it's on the tape and it's hard you can skate faster."
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Adam Lowry, Mathieu Perreault and Sami Niku did not take part of practice. However, Niku did skate between the two ice sessions with fellow defenceman Jacob Cederholm. Maurice said there is nothing to be concerned about with any of the aforementioned players.
"All minor training camp things that we would be so cautious with those," said Maurice.
"(Jets head athletic therapist) Rob Milette is in charge of that in terms of he tells the guys when they are skating and when they are not."
Because the Jets were down a couple of forwards, Ville Heinola took part at forward for some of the drills.
Ehlers - Scheifele - Wheeler
Vesalainen - Little - Roslovic
Heinola - Copp - Bourque
Appleton - Letestu - Chibisov
Two of the Jets final three preseason games are on the road with tomorrow's game in Calgary being the last one that will see a young group in terms of NHL experience. Thursday (at home to Edmonton) and Sunday (on the road to the Minnesota Wild) will likely feature rosters as close to opening night as possible.
"We'll probably carry into both those games five lines and eight D. All of those players would have to be healthy and that's what we'll pull from. We'll have two D in and out and either three forwards or a line in and out that will only play one of the two (final preseason games) but we'll get down to that number (final cuts) sometime soon."
Ville Heinola continues to impress in his first training camp after being selected 20th overall back in June at the NHL Draft in Vancouver. The 18-year-old defenceman has caught the eye of the coaching staff through three solid performances in the preseason but there is a lot to think about before deciding if playing in the NHL right now is best for his development.
"I've seen him play a few exhibition games. Can he play in the NHL this year? You know probably at times from what we've seen," said Maurice.
"Does it make the most sense to have that happen? This guy is a player but we've got to be careful because of his skill set and the way he's built of getting too excited and too ahead of us. There's certain stages to this that we want to be comfortable with. In a perfect world, I guess yes. Every first round pick would come in and blow the doors off and we'd say let's put him in. In a perfect world every guy would come in and have a camp like Ville's had and go play for the Moose. He'd learn the pro game. Get stronger so that when you come up here, you don't suffer the consequences of confidence losses that are inevitable for young players."