Training camp in Winnipeg has already claimed a couple of casualties. Nik Antropov came into camp with what head coach Claude Noel described as a “small upper body injury,” and is listed as questionable for Saturday’s opener versus the Ottawa Senators.
Yesterday during a scrimmage, winger Antti Miettinen suffered an upper body injury, and will miss Saturday’s clash with the Senators. Noel has said that Miettinen is not day-to-day and could miss more than just the opening game. The Jets are already without defenceman Zach Bogosian who is recovering from offseason wrist surgery.
With these injuries, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff decided to make a move, as he claimed right winger Anthony Peluso off waivers from the St. Louis Blues. Peluso was drafted in the sixth round by the Blues in 2007, spending this season with the Blues AHL affiliate in Peoria. The rugged forward recored 5 goals and 6 assists this season in Peoria, while piling up 58 penalty minutes. The 6’4 234 pound Peluso, brings size and some much-needed sandpaper, to the lineup.
Miettinen’s injury also opens up the door for Spencer Machacek. The right winger impressed Jets brass and fans alike last season, with his strong work ethic despite limited playing time. In 13 games last year with the Jets, Machacek notched 2 goals and 7 assists with the Jets. Machacek was playing with the Jets AHL affiliated in St. John’s during the lockout, tallying 8 goals and 10 assists in 36 games.
This could also be a breakthrough for Mark Scheifele. The Jets 2011 first round pick was very impressive for Canada at the World Junior tournament in Russia, and the Jets are giving Scheifele every chance to make the club. Noel has experimented with putting Scheifele on the right side, instead of his normal centre ice spot. Scheifele did play right wing at the World Juniors alongside Edmonton Oiler star Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The Jets don’t have much time to make their final decision. Saturday is coming up fast, and every game will count in this shortened season. The Jets better be ready.
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