By Scott Billeck
The Winnipeg Jets locked up Paul Postma on Thursday, signing him to a two-year, one-way deal worth a reported $1.425 million. Postma, who was one of four restricted free agents left for the Winnipeg Jets to sign, will speak with the media on Friday about the deal.
Postma, 24, was drafted back in 2007 by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh-round, 205th overall. He spent parts of his junior career with both the Swift Current Broncos and Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. In his draft year with the Broncos, Postma recorded 24 points and 42 penalty minutes in 70 games played.
After being traded to the Hitmen for the 2007-08, Postma really came into his own, recording 42 points in 66 games. His best season in the WHL would come a year later when he posted 84 points in 70 games, setthing a record for goals scored by a defenseman for the Hitmen, and tied a record for most points by a defenceman as well. He was named to the 2009 WHL East First All-Star Team and won the WHL Plus-Minus award with a plus-67 rating.
Postma turned pro in the 2009-10 season, playing for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Postma racked up 29 points in 63 games that year, and followed up his rookie campaign with a 45 point performance in 69 games in the 2010-11 season. That year he also played one NHL game with the Thrashers.
When the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg for the start of the 2011-12 season, Postma began the year in St. John’s with the Ice Caps. He put up an impressive 44 points in 56 games, including 13 goals. Postma became a mainstay on the Jets roster in the lockout shortened 2012-13 season. He played in 34 games potting nine points.
Our Take: It looks like the Jets got another value signing here. Winnipeg was actively shopping Postma around the trade deadline and the NHL Draft, and his contract will not scare off potential suitors this season. With a very crowded defence, it would not be surprising to see Postma shipped at some point this upcoming season, if not before it.
Postma will receive $650,000 this upcoming season and $775,000 in 2014-15.