Ellerby set to make Jets debut

Keaton Ellerby (left) hits Edmonton Oilers' Nail Yakupov during the third period of their NHL...

Keaton Ellerby (left) hits Edmonton Oilers' Nail Yakupov during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Edmonton February 19, 2013. The Winnipeg Jets claimed Ellerby off waivers on Saturday and he'll make his Jets debut on Monday against Detroit. (Dan Riedlhuber/REUTERS file)

Ken Wiebe, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:40 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Keaton Ellerby is being thrown right into the fire. After being claimed off waivers on Saturday, Ellerby had his first practice on Sunday and hell be in the lineup Monday against the Detroit Red Wings. Its good to be here, good to get on the ice with the team and get to know the guys and get it underway, said Ellerby, who hasnt appeared in a game yet this season but has 160 NHL games on his resume with the Florida Panthers and Los Angeles Kings. It was interesting, getting put on waivers, and picked up by a Canadian team thats relatively close to home (Calgary). Its exciting. Its a great opportunity for myself to step in here and try and help the Winnipeg Jets out. I'm definitely excited to get an actual game in tomorrow. The Jets also recalled defenceman Zach Redmond from the St. Johns IceCaps and returned Ben Chiarot and Julian Melchiori to the American Hockey League. Jets head coach Claude Noel wasnt ready to commit to having Redmond who had been dealing with a lower-body injury for the past month but appeared in a pair of games on the weekend in the lineup Monday, but didnt rule him out either. I probably would like to get him in practice and get him engaged with our team a little bit, so well see if were going to put him in the game, said Noel. Its an asset that hes comfortable and were comfortable with him. Hes a guy thats a prospect that can get in our lineup and play. He gives us some experience. Im looking forward to having him back. Hes a real good teammate as well. After going through what hes gone through, its good that hes back with us. Forward Evander Kane skipped Sundays workout for maintenance but will be available Monday. The Jets are 5-8-2 and have lost three consecutive games, while the Red Wings are off to a 9-4-2 after shifting to the Eastern Conference this season.

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