By Scott Taylor
Photo by James Carey Lauder
The Winnipeg Jets will give a couple of young draft picks a shot in the lineup over the final three games of the season.
On Monday, the 37-35-7 Jets recalled rookies Jack Roslovic and Kyle Connor from the Manitoba Moose.
The two American players have been the class of the last-place Moose this season. Connor, 20, started the season with the Jets and had a goal and four points in 19 games, but he wound up playing on the fourth line – a waste of his offensive skills – and he was sent back to the Moose.
Since being reassigned to the Moose on Dec. 9, he has 23 goals and 42 points in 49 games. He has 15 goals and 24 points and at least a point in 14 of his last 17 games with the Moose. He was named the American Hockey League’s Player of the Week for the week ending March 5 when he collected six goals and eight points in four games. From Shelby Township, Mich., Connor is in his first professional season after spending last year at the University of Michigan where he led the NCAA with 71 points in 38 games.
Roslovic, 20, is in his first professional season and leads the Moose in scoring with 13 goals and 45 points in 61 games. He has four goals and 17 points in his last 17 games. He represented the Moose at the 2017 AHL All-Star Game and won a gold medal with USA at the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship. Prior to turning pro, the Columbus, Ohio product had 10 goals and 26 points with Miami of Ohio University last season as a freshman. This is his first NHL recall.
Connor (17th overall) and Roslovic (25th overall) were selected by the Jets in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.
The Jets have been eliminated from the National Hockey League’s post-season. This is a great opportunity to see if Connor and Roslovic are ready to be regulars next year.