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Jets announce 2018 pre-season schedule

Seven-game slate begins Sept. 17 vs. Wild at Bell MTS Place

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR / WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets today announced the club's seven-game pre-season schedule for the upcoming 2018-19 NHL season.

The Jets kick-off their pre-season in Winnipeg at Bell MTS Place against the Minnesota Wild on Monday, Sept. 17. Two nights later on Wednesday, Sept. 20, the Jets travel to Edmonton to face the Oilers. The team returns to Bell MTS Place the next night on Friday, Sept. 21 to entertain the Calgary Flames. The Jets welcome the Oilers to Winnipeg on Sunday, Sept. 23 before road games against Calgary on Monday, Sept. 24 and Minnesota on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Winnipeg concludes its pre-season schedule Thursday, Sept. 27 at home against the New Jersey Devils.

Pricing and on-sale dates for Winnipeg Jets preseason and regular season individual tickets will be announced at a later date.

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Stotts eager to seize his next opportunity

Manitoban Draft prospect idolizes Jets centre Mark Scheifele

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

It didn't take long for the Winnipeg Jets to have an impact on Riley Stotts.

Stotts was only 11-years-old when his hometown Jets selected Mark Scheifele seventh overall in 2011.

Now 18, Stotts has watched every step of Scheifele's development, and to this day, continues to look up to the Jets' centre.

"He sees the ice well. He can skate, he can shoot, he can really do anything," Stotts said of Scheifele. "When he was younger in the league, maybe his body and style kind of wasn't ready for the NHL. But what everyone says around the league - and what everyone says anywhere - is that his strong work ethic is next to none.

"That's really why he's one of the best players in the league right now. That's why I look up to him. He's a player with a strong work ethic, and he's worked for everything."

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Samberg stronger, faster & more confident after freshman year

2017 second-round pick looks back on draft one year later

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

It's been a heck of a ride for defenceman Dylan Samberg since he was drafted in the second round by the Winnipeg Jets almost one year ago.

The Hermantown, MN product won bronze representing the United States at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo and later added the NCAA title during his freshman year at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, scoring one goal and 13 points along the way after making the jump from high school to college.

"It's a good year to reflect back on," Samberg told WinnipegJets.com. "Take some good, learn from the bad; I enjoyed this year. I've been lucky. These last two years have been really good to me, so hopefully moving forward I can continue to have that good luck."

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Draft prospect Jett Woo happy with his Combine performance

17-year-old Winnipeg product interviewed with 27 teams at the Combine

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

For 2018 NHL Draft prospect Jett Woo, just being able to participate in the NHL Combine's fitness testing was an accomplishment.

Woo only played 44 games in the 2017-18 WHL regular season due to a shoulder injury, and his ailment stuck with him all season.

It was a tough pill to swallow during his draft year.

"It was my first real significant injury that I had to miss quite a bit of time. Having to deal with that in such a big year was kind of tough," said Woo, who gave credit to the Moose Jaw Warriors organization for helping him through the ups and downs of rehabilitation.

"The whole team, coaches, and trainers behind me to get me through that process and get me the best I can (be) when I do go on the ice, was something that was pretty good for me," said Woo. "To have all that support with me was something that I felt made it a lot easier for me coming back into the games."

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Manitobans give their best at NHL Combine

Woo, Stotts, and Addison all inside Central Scouting's Top 55 North American Skaters

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

Three Manitobans took part in the 2018 NHL Combine in Buffalo, NY during the week of May 25-June 30.

Jett Woo and Riley Stotts of Winnipeg, and Calen Addison of Brandon were three of the over 100 prospects in Buffalo meeting with teams, and taking part in Saturday's fitness testing component at the HarborCenter.

Here is a closer look at their 2017-18 seasons, and their performance at the Combine.

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NHL Combine more than just fitness tests

Draft-eligible prospects meet with 31 teams throughout the week

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Over 100 of the top draft-eligible prospects converge on Buffalo, NY this week for the annual 2018 NHL Scouting Combine.

The event consists of all 31 teams meeting with various numbers of the top skaters and goaltenders from Europe and North America, before fitness testing takes place in the HarborCenter on Saturday, June 2.

While the Winnipeg Jets traded away their 2018 First Round pick in the trade that brought Paul Stastny to Winnipeg, the Jets still have a total of six selections in the upcoming NHL Draft.

The Jets have historically used the week of interviews wisely (they talked with 85 prospects at the 2017 Combine), and Director of Amateur Scouting, Mark Hillier, says there is a reason for that.

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Laine, Ehlers learned from veteran Stastny during postseason

Laine: He was always talking to us on the bench

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Trade deadline deals rarely work out as well as the one Kevin Cheveldayoff pulled off on February 26, when he brought Paul Stastny to Winnipeg in exchange for a first round pick in 2018, prospect Erik Foley, and a conditional fourth round selection in 2020.

Stastny was a horse throughout the playoffs, including the gruelling Second Round series against the Presidents Trophy winning Nashville Predators. He recorded 10 points during the seven-game marathon, including two goals and an assist in the deciding Game 7 at Bridgestone Arena. 

It's unknown what the Jets will do with the soon to be unrestricted free agent, but his impact in just under three months was impressive. From the moment Stastny joined the Jets, he was put in the middle of young snipers Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers, who both ended up with career highs in goals.

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Despite this season's playoff run, Jets know nothing is guaranteed

Wheeler: We're not going to reach our goals on day one

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - As a team, the Winnipeg Jets learned a lot of lessons in 2017-18.

Some came on the ice - playing against the opposition's best, bouncing back after falling behind, and playing their game no matter what style they were up against.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs provided an even more high-pressure setting, and the lessons continued.

"I think just the way the momentum can switch, and the ups and downs of it," said Bryan Little of his biggest takeaway from the postseason. "You go through it and it's an emotional roller coaster through a series. You're on top of the world when you're up, then you lose a game and it feels like it's over."

But the biggest lesson is perhaps yet to be learned.

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Thank You Fans!

by Winnipeg Jets PR / WinnipegJets.com

When we set our sights on bringing the NHL back to Winnipeg many years ago, we determined that our underlying objective was for the team to be a source of pride for our entire community.

Over these past seven seasons, we have endeavoured to build a team that could deliver on that goal year after year.

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Busy summer ahead for Jets GM Cheveldayoff

Trouba, Morrissey just two of the RFAs on the list

by Tyler Esquivel @Mr_Skeyval / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - While the work on the ice for the Winnipeg Jets may be over, the focus shifts to what's shaping up to be a busy offseason for the club.

All season long, players, coaches, and management praised the team's depth as being a key piece to their success. Now, a large portion of the "depth" is looking for a new contract - 14 players from the current roster, to be exact.

Five of the 14 skaters set to hit the free agent market include veteran forward Paul Stastny, Toby Enstrom, Shawn Matthias, Matt Hendricks and goaltender Michael Hutchinson. The other nine including Jacob Trouba, Josh Morrissey, Joe Morrow, Tucker Poolman Adam Lowry, Joel Armia, Brandon Tanev, Marko Dano and Vezina-nominated goaltender Connor Hellebuyck will become restricted free agents on July 1st, 2018.

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