The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenceman Paul Postma on a new two-year contract worth $1.425 million US.
Postma, 24, played in 34 games with the Jets during the 2012-13 season. The native of Red Deer, Alta., recorded nine points (four goals, five assists) and six penalty minutes. He has played in 38 career NHL games with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise. He was originally drafted by the Thrashers in the seventh round, 205th overall, in the 2007 NHL draft.
Meech and Postma, playing similar, offensive styles, can’t both stay, can they? Postma, not on Wednesday’s roster, likely has the agonizing chore of waiting for Friday to get his last chance.
Postma scored 12 goals and 45 points last season with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, earning a one-game tryout with the big club. He's proved himself ready for the NHL but it remains uncertain whether he will receive a chance with the Jets this season.
Postma is what they call a "bubble guy" — he could land on the big club, or fall back to the farm.
Postma could make the roster as a spare defender as he has little left to prove at the AHL level. The former WHL standout scored 12 goals and 45 points last season for the Chicago Wolves. With Tobias Enstrom and Zach Bogosian ahead of him on the depth chart, don't expect too much production from the 22-year-old.