The Jets have signed first round pick Nikolaj Ehlers to a three-year, entry level contract.
Ehlers, 18, was selected ninth overall in the draft this summer. He has tremendous speed and an excellent wrist shot. He posted 49 goals and 55 assists (104 points) in 63 games with the Halifax Mooseheads last season. Ehlers was named the CHL's rookie of the year. He stands in at 5-foot-11, but needs to fill out (163 lbs.) to play in the NHL. He will probably return to juniors for one more season.
The Jets have signed Mathieu Perreault to a three-year deal worth $9 million.
Perreault, 26, is under-sized at 5-foot-10, but has been a steady offensive producer over the last three seasons. He had 18 goals and 25 assists (43 points) in 69 games with the Ducks and should be in the Jets top-6, likely playing with Blake Wheeler.
Perreault (lower-body) says "he is good to go" in game 5.
Perreault missed game 4 with a lower-body injury, but it sounds like he will be available back in Anaheim tonight. Perreault has two goals, two assists and a minus-2 rating in eight games this postseason. Expect him to skate on a line with Patrick Maroon and Teemu Selanne.
Hutchinson will get a third straight start for the Jets.
Hutchinson stopped 32 of 33 shots in a win over the Bruins last night. He will start his third straight game tonight in Calgary. He has turned aside 48 of 50 shots (.960 SV%) in his last two starts. If you are desperate for a spot-start, he might be a decent idea.
Ladd (elbow) is out for the rest of the regular season.
Ladd had a strong season, nearing his career-high with 54 points (23G / 31A). That falls five short of his career-high that he set with the Atlanta Thrashers (remember them?) in 2010-11. Ladd has been a good leader for this team and exemplifies exactly what head coach Paul Maurice is looking for out of his players. Should Maurice be back next season, look for Ladd to have a good year.
Hutchinson stopped 16 of 17 shots in a 1-0 loss to the Wild in his NHL debut on Monday. He was not tested all that much, but he played well for his first NHL game. Tonight, he will face the team that drafted him 77th overall back in 2008. The Bruins are the NHL's top team, so it won't be as calm of a night as Monday was.
Kane served as a healthy scratch on Saturday night, but will be back in the Jets' lineup tonight vs. Minnesota. Kane has not scored a goal in his last seven games, but will look to finish the season strong; starting tonight.
Byfuglien is done for the rest of the season after tearing a muscle on Saturday.
With just three games left in the Jets' season, Byfuglien will be shut-down for the remainder of the season. Carl Klingberg has been recalled and will likely slide into the lineup for Byfuglien. It was a strong fantasy season for Big Buff. He pumped home 20 goals and added 36 assists (56 points) in 78 games. His 56 points ranked third amongst NHL defensemen, but that was mostly bolstered by the fact he served much of the season as a forward.
The Jets have recalled Carl Klingberg from St. John's (AHL).
Klingberg has not played for the Jets since the 2011-12 season, but has recorded 38 points (20G / 18A) in 62 games with St. John's this season. He has been recalled to fill-in for Dustin Byfuglien (upper-body) tonight.