By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
Zach Redmond has been recalled from the St. John’s IceCaps and Keaton Ellerby was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings as the Winnipeg Jets look for depth on their depleted defense.
Redmond, 25, has played in two games with the IceCaps so far this season for two points (1G, 1A) and two penalty minutes. The right-handed defenceman made his NHL debut in 2012-13 when he appeared in eight games with the Winnipeg Jets. During that time, Redmond recorded four points (1G, 3A) and 12 penalty minutes before suffering a significant leg injury which ended his NHL season.
Redmond was out of the IceCaps lineup to start the season due to injury having just returned to action this past week.
Redmond has played in 115 career AHL games between Chicago and St. John’s for 52 career points (17G, 35A) and 73 career penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round, 184th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.
Ellerby, 24, has played in 160 career NHL games between Florida and Los Angeles for 20 career points (2G, 18A) and 86 career penalty minutes. The Strathmore, AB native has also appeared in six NHL playoff games where he’s collected two penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in the first round, 10th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft.
With injuries to Jacob Trouba and Mark Stuart as well as a long-term blood clot issue with Paul Postma, the return of Redmond couldn’t have come at a better time for the ailing Jets.
With the moves, the Jets sent down Julian Melchiori and Ben Chiarot Sunday to St. John’s after calling them both up this past week.
(With files from the Winnipeg Jets)