Jets dip into free-agent pool, ink third-line centre

Ducks' Mathieu Perreault (right) gets a shot off as Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien plays the body...

Ducks' Mathieu Perreault (right) gets a shot off as Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien plays the body during NHL action on Oct. 6, 2013 in Winnipeg. The Jets signed Perreault on July 1, 2014. (Kevin King/QMI Agency/Files)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:13 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets left a small ripple rather than a big splash after dipping their toe in the water on Day 1 of the free agent frenzy.

While many other teams in the Central Division were adding high-priced free agents, the Jets were able to land a third-line centre to replace Olli Jokinen.

Perreault is nine years younger and makes $1.5 million less than Jokinen took home last season.

Perreault is also better in the faceoff circle, a more creative playmaker and produced the same number of goals and points as Jokinen did last season.

One thing Perreault doesn't do is bring additional size down the middle at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds.

However, he brings more speed and may not have reached his full offensive potential yet, especially if head coach Paul Maurice -- who helped in the recruiting process -- decides to play Perreault with Evander Kane, a scenario the former Anaheim Ducks forward mentioned on a conference call.


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