Jets make first round of cuts (plus Oilers-Jets lineups)

- September 17th, 2013

Since I was a bit under the weather yesterday, just thought I would weigh in quickly on the first round of Jets cuts made on Monday.

In case you missed it, heading back to their junior teams are:

forward Axel Blomqvist (Lethbridge, WHL), goalie Eric Comrie (Tri-City, WHL), defenceman Jan Kostalek (Rimouski, QMJHL), forward Jimmy Lodge (Saginaw, OHL), forward Lukas Sutter (Red Deer, WHL), forward Mitchell Theoret (Barrie, OHL), forward Nic Petan (Portland, WHL), forward Ryan Olsen (Kelowna, WHL), forward Scott Kosmachuk (Geulph, OHL)

Defenceman Zach Bell was assigned to St. John’s of the AHL.

The Jets still have 48 players in training camp.

No big surprises on the list, though I will say that I thought centre Nic Petan (2013, second rounder) played very well on Saturday in Belleville against the Washington Capitals and was going to get another look in a pre-season game. He wasn’t going to make the team, but he’s shown enough for the organization to be excited about his future.

Petan should battle on a spot for Team Canada’s world junior club, with G Eric Comrie and D Josh Morrissey (who remains in camp for the time being and had a steady game against the Caps on Saturday as well).

The only other mild surprise was that 2012 second rounder Lukas Sutter was assigned straight to the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League rather than getting a shot at camp with the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

Sutter would need to sign an entry-level deal to play for the IceCaps and maybe the Jets felt he just isn’t ready for the pro game yet.

While I’m sure it was disappointing for Sutter — who told me at the Memorial Cup that he was determined to play pro this season — count me among those who believes that playing for his uncle Brent might be the best thing for his young career.

There’s no doubt Sutter came off a difficult season with the Saskatoon Blades, one that saw him lose his roots as a relentless checker but he found a way to salvage the campaign and I thought he looked pretty decent going head-to-head with 2013 first overall pick in the round robin game that saw the Blades defeat the eventual champion Halifax Mooseheads.

Once he gets over the disappointment, I have little doubt that Brent will put Lukas in a position to play the way he did when he became a hot prospect.

Were there any moves that surprised you? Let us know why in the comments section.

On to tonight, where the Jets host the Edmonton Oilers in their third of 8 pre-season games:

JETS

Evander Kane-Olli Jokinen-Devin Setoguchi
James Wright-Mark Scheifele-Michael Frolik
Ivan Telegin-Jim Slater-Anthony Peluso
Eric Tangradi-Eric O’Dell-Carl Klingberg

Grant Clitsome-Dustin Byfuglien
Mark Stuart-Paul Postma
Julian Melchiori-Jacob Trouba

Ondrej Pavelec (Eddie Pasquale)

OILERS

Ryan Jones-Sam Gagner-Linus Omark
Ryan Hamilton-Mark Arcobello-Nail Yakupov
Tyler Pitlick-Anton Lander-Jesse Joensuu
Mitchell Moroz-Ryan Martindale-Cameron Abney

Ladislav Smid-Jeff Petry
Denis Gerbeshkov-Philip Larsen
Oscar Klefbom-Brandon Davidson

Richard Bachman (Jason LaBarbera)

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