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Well rested Jets ready for Canadiens

Jets prospects look for first win of 2019 Rookie Showcase

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

BELLEVILLE ON - After a long day of travel and a loss to the Ottawa Senators to open the 2019 Rookie Showcase Tournament, the Winnipeg Jets will be a more energized squad for tonight's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Saturday, the Jets prospects had a short practice and an early team dinner and that easier day - schedule wise - has Pascal Vincent feeling optimistic.

"It will be the same type of game (as Friday) but the difference will be we didn't travel 12 hours the day before," said Vincent.

"We're more rested. When I looked back at the game (from Friday), (the) first period we had some energy but it was quite obvious after that period the energy level was close to zero. It wasn't just one or two players; it was the whole team."

Video: ROOKIE CAMP | Pascal Vincent

In a tournament like this it's not surprising to see some movement amongst the forwards and Vincent has spilt up C.J. Suess and Kristian Vesalainen for the game against Montreal. Suess will centre a line with Medicine Hat Tiger Ryan Chyzowski and Joona Luoto, while Vesalainen skates alongside David Gustafsson.

'We're trying combinations. We're going to try it that way to start the game," said Vincent.

"If it works good, if it doesn't we didn't mind Vesalainen, Suess and (Kristian) Reichel. We might go back to that. We're just trying to put guys in a position to succeed, basically."

Whether or not Chyzowski stays with Suess, the 19-year-old recognizes the chance he will have to start the game.

"It's a good opportunity for me obviously. It's a good opportunity for me to learn from them (Suess and Luoto) and kind of learn how they play," said Chyzowski who had 55 points in 65 game with Medicine Hat last season.

"Obviously they've played at a pro level and they've kind of got some tips and stuff that they kind of share with me to help me out. It's all a huge learning experience for me."

Video: ROOKIE CAMP | Ryan Chyzowski

It was a huge learning experience for Griffen Outhouse on Friday night. The former Victoria Royals goaltender played the third period for the Jets with Winnipeg trailing 7-1. Coming in cold and playing at the highest level he's ever played in had him admittedly nervous stepping on the ice.

"Yeah, I had the shakes a little bit," said Outhouse.

"But you know I didn't know what to expect and I was a little unsure of myself. After that (the third period Friday night) I'm a little more confident coming into this game."

Video: ROOKIE CAMP | Griffen Outhouse

Vincent was very impressed with the way Outhouse handled the situation on Friday night being put in a tough spot.

"The report we have on him is that he competes really hard," said Vincent.

"He can face that kind of adversity cause that was his first pro game. You're cold and you're going into the net. Your team is down by multiple goals, tough one for him but he responded well."

After a successful junior career with the Royals where he finished as the seventh winningest goaltender in WHL history, Outhouse will play with the Alberta Golden Bears in 2019-20.

"U of A is a great organization. One of the best in Canada. They seem to be top two (in the country) every year," said Outhouse.

"If I get an opportunity to play pro, that's what I want to do but I'm not going to put all of my eggs in one basket coming here."

Here is the line combinations and defence pairings the Jets will start with tonight against the Canadiens.

Chyzowski-Suess-Luoto

Vesalainen-Gustafsson-Phelan

Nault-Maier-Reichel

Toporowski-Pare-Lynch

Heinola-Kovacevic

Vallati-Green

Shaw-Gawanke

Chisholm-Cederholm

Outhouse

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