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Development Camp Notebook - Day Three

News and Notes from Winnipeg Jets Development Camp

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG - Day three of Winnipeg Jets development camp is in the books at Bell MTS Iceplex and that allowed JetsTV to sit down with a few of the Jets' prospects as part of a video series profiling the NHL hopefuls. While the videos will take some time to produce, here's a sneak peek at two Winnipeg prospects.

NIKKANEN OK WITH CARDS HE'S BEEN DEALT

There is so much pressure on a player during his draft year to perform in order to impress an NHL team. However, for a kid like Henri Nikkanen, he just had to count on scouts liking his potential. The forward ran into some injury issues during the 2018-19 season and ended up missing a lot of games.

He shined at the Under-18 tournament with Finland and impressed at the Gretzky Hlinka Tournament in Edmonton. Enough so, that the Jets selected the forward in the fourth round at the NHL Draft in Vancouver.

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Winnipeg Jets announce game promotion schedule for 2019-20 season

Fans can look forward to participating in a schedule full of engaging campaigns and initiatives

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

Fans can look forward to participating in a schedule full of engaging campaigns and initiatives as part of the Winnipeg Jets 2019-20 promotional schedule, released today. The schedule includes seven games featuring fan giveaways, four games centered on raising awareness, and two games encouraging fans to lend their support to community causes near to the organization, among others. The Jets will also recognize their fans at their final regular-season home game with Fan Appreciation Game on Mar. 29 against the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Maurice keeping focus on development, not evaluation, during camp

"We're giving... a glimpse of what they're going to be faced with in training camp." -Maurice

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - The drills at this week's development camp may look repetitive, but the skills being learned and refined are critical to succeeding in the pro game.

Something as simple as retrieving a puck off the boards and moving it quickly can make all the difference at the game's highest level.

That's why Jets head coach Paul Maurice and his staff are spending so much time on it this week with the team's prospects.

"We pick four or five real core things - not just even to the Winnipeg Jet game, but to the National Hockey League game - that happen over and over again, then give them a plan on how to handle that," said Maurice, who was inspired to change the format of development camp a couple years ago, after seeing Kyle Connor and Josh Morrissey emerge into full-time NHLers.

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Development Camp Blog: Nathan Smith (Day 2)

Nathan Smith talks off-ice workouts, nutrition, and a whole lot of push-ups.

by Nathan Smith / WinnipegJets.com

Throughout the 2019 Development Camp, Winnipeg Jets prospect Nathan Smith will provide an exclusive look behind the scenes at his experience. Nathan was drafted by the Jets in the third round with the 91st overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He recently finished up his second successful season with Cedar Rapids Rough Riders of the USHL and is committed to play in the NCAA with the Minnesota State (Mankato) Mavericks next season.

Our second full day at development camp started with a workout before we hit the ice.

You can really tell the focus is on bonding with teammates this week, because even the workout involved teamwork on Tuesday.

We were split up into groups of five or six and as a team, had to do things like 500 push-ups, or 1,000 core exercises - there was so much! But it was good for us because by the end of it all, we had to know the names of everyone in our group and something about them, or else we couldn't win the competition.

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Cheveldayoff talks qualifying offers and free agency during Dev Camp

"You're looking for some fine-tuning things as opposed to the bigger picture." -Cheveldayoff

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - One of the significant dates on the National Hockey League's off season calendar came and went on Tuesday, as teams had to extend qualifying offers to restricted free agents in order to retain negotiating rights with those players.

The Winnipeg Jets announced they had tendered those qualifying offers to six RFAs: Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor, Andrew Copp, Eric Comrie, Nelson Nogier, and the newly acquired Neal Pionk.

General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff had a total of 11 RFAs on the books, so that meant qualifying offers weren't sent to Nathan Beaulieu, Joe Morrow, Marko Dano, Ken Appleby, or Jimmy Oligny.

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Development Camp Notebook - Day Two

News and Notes from Winnipeg Jets Development Camp

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG - Day two of Winnipeg Jets Development Camp is in the books at Bell MTS Iceplex and that allowed JetsTV to sit down with a few of the Jets' prospects as part of a video series profiling the NHL hopefuls. While the videos will take some time to produce, here's a sneak peek.

FIRST ROUND PICK LANDS IN WINNIPEG

After winning World Junior gold with Finland and being drafted six months later at Rogers Arena, you could see why 2019 first round pick Ville Heinola would rank Vancouver high on his list of favourite cities.

"Yeah maybe it is," smiled Heinola.

"Because you know good memories in Vancouver."

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Jets prospects hit the ice for first full practice of development camp

"I'm just trying to loosen guys up and have fun." -Vesalainen

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Day two at Winnipeg Jets development camp saw the first full practice of the week, after fitness testing took place on Monday.

With the camp coming in late June, it's often the first time the prospects have hit the ice since their season ended.

That's exactly the case for 2017 first round pick Kristian Vesalainen.

"I haven't been on the ice much this summer, but it felt good to be back," said Vesalainen, who has a couple things he wants to work on this summer.

"I'm going to work a lot on my skating, just get faster and a little bit stronger. I just want to train and see what happens. You just have to work hard and see what you're going to bring to the table."

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Jets make qualifying offers to six players

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, June 25, 2019 - The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club announced today that the following restricted free agents have been tendered qualifying offers.

G - Eric Comrie

F - Kyle Connor

F - Andrew Copp

F - Patrik Laine

D - Nelson Nogier

D - Neal Pionk

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Development Camp Blog: Nathan Smith (Day 1)

Nathan Smith provides a player's perspective of this week's development camp

by Nathan Smith / WinnipegJets.com

Throughout the 2019 Development Camp, Winnipeg Jets prospect Nathan Smith will provide an exclusive look behind the scenes at his experience. Nathan was drafted by the Jets in the third round with the 91st overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He recently finished up his second successful season with Cedar Rapids Rough Riders of the USHL and is committed to play in the NCAA with the Minnesota State (Mankato) Mavericks next season.

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Jets announce 2019-20 regular season schedule

The Jets open the season with four straight games on the road, starting on Thursday, Oct. 3 against the New York Rangers

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, June 25, 2019 - The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today released its 82-game schedule for the 2019-20 NHL regular season.

The Jets open the season with four straight games on the road, starting on Thursday, Oct. 3 against the New York Rangers. The Jets play their first game at Bell MTS Place against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, Oct. 10. Winnipeg travels to Regina, Sask. for the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Oct. 26 versus the Calgary Flames.

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