By Carter Brooks
Photo by Trevor Hagan
The Winnipeg Jets have certainly had their fair share of injuries over the last few weeks. With both forward Andrew Copp (Minnesota) and defenceman Dustin Byfuglien (Pittsburgh) suffering recent concussions, the injury bug has found its way through the Jets' room.
With fellow defencemen Dmitry Kulikov, Joe Morrow and Josh Morrissey all missing periods of time due to injury, Winnipeg's blueline shaped up rather interestingly over the course of the last week. Sami Niku finally got his shot at NHL game action in 2018-19, as did AHL lifer Cameron Schilling. The Jets then recalled Nelson Nogier for one game to fill in for the injured Morrissey.
Byfuglien and Kulikov will return to Winnipeg's lineup Friday night, however Morrissey, Morrow and Copp remain out with their current injuries.
With Manitoba also giving up former AHL Rookie of the Year Mason Appleton to the big league club in wake of the Andrew Copp injury, the Moose's depth was heavily tested over the last two weeks. Defenceman Tucker Poolman and forwards Marko Dano, Nic Kerdiles, JC Lipon and Kristian Reichel all suffered injuries leaving little to none on the side of AHL offence for Manitoba other than the surprising back-to-back hat trick production out of forward Logan Shaw.
In order to yield a full roster, the NHL's Winnipeg Jets, the AHL's Manitoba Moose and the ECHL's Jacksonville Icemen strung together a slew of roster moves from November 27th and on in order to properly fulfill all channels of the affiliation - See timeline below:
Nov. 27: Mikhail Berdin JAX to MB, Jacob Cederholm JAX to MB, Justin Woods JAX to MB, Ken Appleby MB to JAX
Dec. 1: Nelson Nogier MB to WPG, Cam Maclise JAX to MB
Dec 4: MB sign Dajon Mingo and Austin Carroll, release Jack Glover
Dec 6: Nelson Nogier WPG to MB
Dec 7: Dustin Byfuglien and Dmitry Kulikov Inactive to WPG, MB releases Dajon Mingo
Dec 8: Cameron Schilling WPG to MB