WINNIPEG – Another game and another injury for the Winnipeg Jets.
On Thursday it was Jacob Trouba’s turn. He left the game briefly after getting hit in the skate by a shot. His status for Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres is still up in the air after he sat out practice on Friday.
“There’s a question mark on Jake for tomorrow.” head coach Paul Maurice said.
“He took a shot there. Felt a little better today than yesterday. We’ll get him out in the skate just prior to the game to see how he feels in the boot. If he feels good he plays.”
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In case Trouba can’t suit up the Jets called up defenceman Brenden Kichton from the Manitoba Moose. If Kichton plays, he’ll be the eighth player with the Jets this season to appear in their first NHL game.
“It’s a dream come true.” Kichton said.
“Obviously I don’t know if I’m playing yet or it’s a short stint or whatever but just real happy to be up here.”
But not knowing if he’ll actually play on Saturday could make it difficult for family to fly in from Edmonton to see his first NHL game.
“I don’t know, cause I don’t know if I’m playing or not.” Kichton said. “Even though it’s a noon game, it’s going to be tough to make it all the way across from Edmonton. Kind of a waiting game and if I play I’m going to be extremely excited.”
Kichton, 23, has been one of the most consistent blueliners on the Moose this season. He scored nine goals with 25 assists and leads the Moose with 34 points while appearing in 62 games.
“He’s a puck mover,” Maurice said. “And he’ll get into holes and he can create some offence for you. He’s worked hard to become a better defensive player.”
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