With all the injuries, Jets depth a high point

The Jets pulled off a big win Wednesday over the Avalanche with nine injured players sitting in the...

The Jets pulled off a big win Wednesday over the Avalanche with nine injured players sitting in the press box. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:13 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The search for organizational depth has not been easy for the Winnipeg Jets since they returned to the NHL in the summer of 2011.

The cupboards weren’t exactly overflowing with NHL-ready prospects when the Atlanta Thrashers moved to town.

But with three drafts under the organization’s belt, players have come into the professional side of the system and several of those draft picks are already making contributions in the AHL, with a few others on the horizon having the potential to do the same in the fall, if not battle for an NHL roster spot.

This year 2011 first rounder Mark Scheifele and 2012 first rounder Jacob Trouba took on large roles with the NHL club and those two look like cornerstone pieces of the puzzle going forward.

But for the better part of three seasons, the Jets have been a three-line hockey team.


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