Jim Slater hopes to be more of a factor for the Winnipeg Jets this season

Jim Slater is a go-to guy on face-offs and plays with a gritty style than can add something to the...

Jim Slater is a go-to guy on face-offs and plays with a gritty style than can add something to the Jets game. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

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EDMONTON - Jim Slater has spent enough time in the NHL to know the hand injury that cost him nearly half of the lockout-shortened season was a simple case of bad luck.

The most frustrating part of being sidelined for as long as he was is that Slater has walked away unscathed from plenty of harder shots than the one he blocked against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Mar. 1.

“It’s tough. It wasn’t even that dangerous of a play but just kind of caught me in the right spot,” said Slater, who was limited to a goal and two points in 26 games. “I’m not going to shy away from it. Things happen and it was bad break. That’s what happens in the game sometimes. It’s part of the game and you’ve just got to battle through it.”

Slater’s had to battle through injuries before, so his sole focus is on getting back to being the useful player that produced 13 goals and 21 points in 78 games for the Jets back in 2011-12.


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