The Jets signed Adam Lowry to a two-year deal worth $2.25 million ($1.125M AAV) on July 14th.
After a solid 2014-15 season, the Jets were expecting Lowry to take a step forward, but instead he took a step in the other direction. Lowry had just 17 points (7G / 10A) in 74 games with Winnipeg and four assists in four games with Manitoba (AHL). Lowry will try and bounce-back with the Jets this year.
The Jets signed Joel Armia to a two-year deal worth $1.85 million ($925K AAV) on July 14th.
Armia, 23, split his 2015-16 season between the AHL and NHL. He appeared in 43 games with the Jets, collecting 10 points (4G / 6A). In his time with Manitoba, Armia picked up eight points (3G / 5A) in 18 games. He will likely play his first full NHL season in 2016-17.
The Jets signed Brenden Kichton to a one-year, two-way deal worth $600K.
Kichton, 24, has yet to make it to the NHL, but is coming off of a strong year with Manitoba (AHL). The former seventh-round pick had 41 points (11G / 30A) in 68 games and will once again find himself in Manitoba to start the 2016-17 season.
The Jets signed Mark Scheifele to an eight-year deal worth $49 million ($6.125M AAV).
Scheifele, 23, the former seventh overall pick (2011) is coming off of his best season as a professional, having collected 61 points (29G / 32A) in 71 games. The 6-foot-3 centre emerged as the Jets’ top-line centre and this extension will keep him in that role for many years to come. If Scheifele can stay healthy in 2016-17, he could approach the 70-point plateau.
The Jets signed Mathieu Perreault to a four-year deal worth $16.5 million ($4.125M AAV).
After posting 18 goals in back-to-back seasons, Perreault’s nine goals in 2015-16 was disappointing. In his first two years with the Jets he has posted back-to-back 41-point seasons and should be expected to be back in that range again in 2016-17.
The Jets have inked Brian Strait to a one-year deal worth $600K.
Strait, 28, served as the Islanders sixth/seventh defenseman for the four years, appearing in 170 games, collecting just six goals and 20 assists (26 points) along the way. He should have a better chance cracking the Jets’ blueline on a more regular basis.
The Jets have signed Quinton Howden to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650K.
Howden, 24, played in his first full NHL season in 2015-16, picking up 11 points (6G / 5A) in 58 games with the Panthers. He will battle for a spot with fellow young forwards to earn a spot in the Jets’ bottom-6. Howden has 17 points (10G / 7A) in 92 career NHL games.
The Jets have signed Shawn Matthias to a two-year contract worth $4.25 million ($2.125M AAV).
Matthias, 28, split his time between the Maple Leafs and the Avalanche last year. He had 17 points (6G / 11A) in 51 games with Toronto before being traded to Colorado, where he added an additional 11 points (6G / 5A) in 20 games. The Jets are relatively thin upfront, so Matthias could land himself a top-6 gig.
The Jets have signed Michael Hutchinson to a two-year contract extension worth $2.3 million.
Hutchinson, 26, appeared in 30 games for the Jets this past season, going 9-15-3 with a 2.84 GAA and .907 SV%. There is a risk of Hutchinson falling to the Jets’ No. 3 netminder behind Ondrej Pavelec and Connor Hellebuyck.
The Jets have signed Kyle Connor to a three-year, two-way deal worth $5.325M ($1.775M AAV).
Connor, 19, was a Hobey Baker Finalist this season after scoring 35 goals and 36 assists (71 points) in 38 games with the University of Michigan. Connor was the 17th overall pick in 2015 and had a massive Freshman season in Ann Arbor and will turn pro with the Jets next season.
Pavelec allowed one goal on 29 shots in the Jets win over the Wild on Sunday. Michael Hutchinson started on Tuesday, but they’re going back to Pavelec tonight. Pavelec has gone 3-0-2 with a 1.96 GAA, .933 SV% and one shutout in his last five starts. He draws a tough matchup against a Sharks team that has won four of their last five games.
Hutchinson allowed two goals on 19 shots in the Jets loss to the Senators last Wednesday. Hutchinson has lost three straight starts while posting a 2.64 GAA and .901 SV%. Tonight he will face the Ducks for the third time this season—he is 0-1-1 with a 3.40 GAA and .897 SV% in the first two meetings this season.