By Scott Billeck
The Winnipeg Jets announced Thursday that they have agreed to terms with forward J.C. Lipon on a three-year, two-way, entry level contract with an average annual value of $700,000.
Lipon, 20, played in 61 games with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL last season. In that time, the right-handed winger recorded 89 points (36G, 53A) and 115 penalty minutes. He also played in 15 postseason games with the club for 23 points (6G, 17A) and 20 penalty minutes. Lipon also suited up for Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship where he appeared in five games.
The Regina, SK native has played four seasons with the Blazers for 248 career games, 188 career points (61G, 127A) and 373 career penalty minutes.
He was originally drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the third round, 91st overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft. In the two years before getting the call from the Jets, Lipon was passed over in both the 2011 and 2012 NHL Entry Drafts. His standout year in Kamloops, and his representation on Canada’s World Junior team made scouts take notice this time around and his name was finally called.
“It (required) patience for sure because I got passed over twice,” said Lipon to the Leader-Post just after being drafted. “This year it was nice to know after your season was done that you had done enough (to get noticed). The draft was important but you have to move on to the next step.”
Lipon wants to hit the ground running with the Jets and make the team this season.
“That’s definitely my goal,” said Lipon. “I’m really excited to get started and push for a spot.”
(With files from the Winnipeg Jets)