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Stanley back healthy, ready for run at Memorial Cup

Prospect "100 per cent" recovered from mid-season knee injury

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick /

There was a time only six weeks ago when Winnipeg Jets prospect Logan Stanley felt powerless.

His brothers in arms, the Windsor Spitfires, blew a 3-1 series lead and were knocked out in the opening round of the OHL playoffs after a crushing Game 7 defeat.

Sidelined with a knee injury, Stanley could only watch it unfold from the discomfort of the press box.

It was the 40th straight, and most punishing game he'd missed in a pivotal development year, but there was nothing he could do to change it.

The past, that is.

The way forward, meanwhile, had never been clearer: He was determined to make it back in time for what he and the rest of his team have been looking forward to all year.

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2017 Memorial Cup Preview

Jets prospect Logan Stanley may return from knee injury

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

The 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup will take place in Windsor, ON from May 19-28 at the WFCU Centre, the home of the Windsor Spitfires.

The Spitfires have the advantage of being the host team in the event, which will welcome the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL Champion), Erie Otters (OHL Champion), and Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL Champion) for a tournament that will decide the best team in the Canadian Hockey League.

Last year's champions, the London Knights, won't be back to defend their title in 2017, after falling in seven games to the Erie Otters in the OHL playoffs.

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Matteo Gennaro finds his groove

Jets prospect takes offensive step in 2017

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

Up until the start of the 2016-2017 WHL season, Matteo Gennaro was clipping along at an average of 0.44 points-per-game.

Then January 2017 happened.

Gennaro, a seventh round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in the 2015 NHL Draft, exploded offensively. He scored 20 goals and added nine assists in only 15 games that month.

"I ran into a situation where I had a lot of chemistry with my line mates, and I think a lot of it was honestly just shooting the puck a lot," said the Calgary Hitmen forward. "I didn't turn away a lot of chances to shoot when I was in key scoring areas. I've been given a lot of opportunity by my coaches, and (have been) playing in key situations in games.

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A season of transition

Prospect Jordy Stallard reflects on a season that started in Calgary, and finished in Prince Albert

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

January 10, 2017 will stick with Jordy Stallard for a while.

The Winnipeg Jets prospect, selected 127th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, was sleeping in a hotel room in Saskatoon. His Calgary Hitmen were scheduled to take on the Blades that night.

"I got woken up by our coach in the morning," Stallard said, recalling the day. "I was told to go see my manager on the top floor there, and I guess I kind of knew it was coming, and they told me I was traded to Prince Albert."

The Brandon, MB native, now 19-years-old, had been with the Hitmen since he was 17. All of that was about to change.

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Prospect Report: Jan. 10, 2017

by Winnipeg Jets @NHLJets /

Luke Green - D - Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)

Green continued his point streak with four assists in three games last week. He now has 10 assists in a seven-game point streak. He capped his week by having the primary assist on the game-winning and insurance goal in a 4-2 win over the Rimouski Oceanic on Saturday. On the season, Green has 24 points (2g, 22a) in 33 games.

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Jets sign Logan Stanley

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR /

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets announced today that the hockey club has agreed to terms with 2016 first-round pick, and 18th overall selection Logan Stanley on a three-year NHL Entry-Level Contract worth an average annual value of $1,137,500. 

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Prospect Report: Nov. 23, 2016

by Winnipeg Jets @WpgJetsPR /

Erik Foley - F - Providence College Friars (Hockey East)

Erik Foley had four points (1g, 3a) in two games against Northeastern last week. He had two assists in a 5-4 loss on Friday and a goal and an assist in a 5-4 win on Saturday. He finished the weekend plus-three and had seven shots on goal. On the season, Foley leads the Friars with 13 points (5g, 8a) in 10 games. He has a point in all but one game this season. 

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Prospect Profile: Logan Stanley

Jets prospect speaks about returning to OHL in InFlight, the Official Magazine of the Winnipeg Jets

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

Logan Stanley knew the pace at his first NHL training camp would be an adjustment. But that's not what sticks out to him most about skating with the Winnipeg Jets for the first time.

"The first practice was just packed - both sides of the rink," Stanley said from Windsor, ON. "It's a pretty special hockey environment there."

It's an environment that Stanley, Winnipeg's 18th overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft can't wait to be a part of. He got a taste of it in July at development camp, then again just prior to departing for September's Young Stars Classic in Penticton, BC.

But before Stanley can be in that environment full-time, Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice says defencemen of Stanley's size - 6'7 and 228 pounds - have to learn to play the position a certain way at the NHL level.

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Prospect Report: Nov. 9, 2016

by Winnipeg Jets @WpgJetsPR /

Mason Appleton - F - Michigan State (B1G)

Sophomore Mason Appleton had two goals and an assist in Michigan State's 3-2 overtime win against Michigan Tech on Friday. He had an assist on the opening goal of the game, scored the game-tying goal on the power play in the second period and netted the game-winner at 1:22 of overtime, also on the power play. His four-game point streak (3g, 4a) ended in Saturday's 5-1 loss to Michigan Tech. Appleton leads the Spartans in scoring this season with eight points (3g, 5a) in seven games.

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Dano looks to make noise in first Jets training camp

21-year-old came to the Jets in a trade late last season

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

WINNIPEG - For the first time in a long time, Marko Dano got to spend his full off season in his home country of Slovakia.

"It was different between those couple years before because they made me come overseas for six weeks," said Dano. "Now I spent the full summer back home which was nice. I had time to focus on things that I want to improve."

The 21-year-old came to the Winnipeg Jets last season in the trade that sent Andrew Ladd to Chicago. In the 21 games Dano played since the trade, he scored four goals and eight points.

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