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Nogier recalled, but taking it "hour by hour"

Stuart, Wheeler, Thorburn miss today's practice

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

WINNIPEG - It has been an exciting 24 hours for Nelson Nogier.

The fourth-round selection of the Winnipeg Jets in the 2014 NHL Draft was on his way home from the rink when he got the call that he was being recalled from the Manitoba Moose to the NHL.

"I got the call from Craig Heisinger, and he said 'you've got your first recall,'" said Nogier. "So it was definitely an exciting time."

After that conversation, Nogier knew exactly who would be the first to know the good news.

"Mom and dad," said the 20-year-old Saskatoon native. "They were really excited. My mom was jokingly laughing that she might come down for practice today and watch. I said 'no, no. Stay home.'"

Video: PRACTICE | Nelson Nogier

The practice lasted for about 30 minutes, and Nogier isn't looking much past the present. Especially when it comes to whether he'll be in the line-up tomorrow when the team hosts the Philadelphia Flyers.

"I'm just breaking it down to as simple as hour-by-hour at this point. I'm enjoying every chance I get to be down here in this room with these guys, and just going from there," he said, adding his fellow teammates made sure his nerves didn't get the best of him during practice.

"They were hooting and hollering whenever I made a good play out there - (even) just a simple thing like even a good pass. They give you a tap on the shin pads just to try and get you to stay comfortable out there."

Nogier's emergency recall was based on the fact Mark Stuart didn't skate today. Head coach Paul Maurice said the veteran Stuart was kept off the ice due to the culmination of a number of blocked shots the past few games.

Maurice didn't want to put much stock into a quick skate, but the coach liked what he saw from Nogier, who has 13 points in 50 games with the Moose this season.

"He moves up and down the ice pretty good. He's got good awareness, a good stick," said Maurice. "We'll see if he gets that chance, but he might be one of those guys that the NHL game in some ways is easier. He makes good, quick reads. The speed will be a challenge for him just because it's new. We'll wait to see if he gets in before we get too long on that."

Video: PRACTICE | Paul Maurice

His rookie season at the professional level has been an adjustment for Nogier, who played with the Saskatoon Blades and the Red Deer Rebels over the course of a four-year WHL career.

"It's a lot of faster than it is in junior. You're playing against men now, not just boys," said Nogier. "It's just a matter of adjusting your speed to that, and making sure you can keep up with the pace and the size of everyone.

"My defensive play has always been my go to strength, kind of a shut down role, shutting down the other team's top players. It's a simple game that I play."


Along with Stuart, Blake Wheeler and Chris Thorburn also didn't participate in practice today.

Maurice indicated both players were fine.

Video: PRACTICE | Brian Strait

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