WINNIPEG - Defenceman Jacob Trouba went through it last year when he started playing for the Winnipeg Jets and his advice to this year's crop of rookie prospects is what he practised ? enjoy the moment.
Trouba and Mark Scheifele, whose rookie debut last season has earned him a top-six forward spot, are doing what they can to provide support to newcomers like Nik Ehlers, Nic Petan and Josh Morrissey.
But Scheifele says they still have a lot to learn as well.
The Jets won their first pre-season game 2-1 Monday night against the visiting Minnesota Wild.
On Wednesday they host the Edmonton Oilers, who, like Winnipeg, are a young team looking to build through a draft-and-develop philosophy.
Coach Paul Maurice says the Jets lineup will remain pretty similar as far as the young players are concerned as he tries to evaluate their NHL readiness, but minor injuries may mean some veterans are absent.