Winnipeg Jets Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Melchiori was promoted from AHL Manitoba on Thursday.
Impact: Melchiori gets his first call-up of the season after Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) was placed on injured reserve. The 26-year-old Melchiori will need to beat out highly touted youngster Tucker Poolman for a spot on the blue line, and more likely will serve primarily as a healthy scratch until Byfuglien can return. In his 26 minor-league appearances this season, Melchiori tallied four goals and 12 points -- already setting career highs for as a professional hockey player.
News: Byfuglien (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.
Impact: The mobile blue-line masher is considered week-to-week with his ailment, and the soonest he'll be eligible to return is Dec. 17 against the visiting Blues. Winnipeg recalled Julian Melchiori from AHL Manitoba as a reinforcement option. Byfuglien can't buy a goal this season -- he's been held scoreless on 69 shot attempts -- but his fantasy value has been salvaged by 15 helpers through 28 games.
News: Hellebuyck will assume the home net against the visiting Blackhawks on Thursday, Paul Friesen of Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: The third-year netminder has put up some real duds this season, but that's bound to happen to a guy who's already made 25 appearances -- only Jake Allen, Frederik Andersen and Mike Smith have been playing more often. Hellebuyck (16-3-4) still has the clear advantage over first-year Jet Steve Mason thanks in large part to a .920 save percentage that is far superior to the .904 mark owned by the veteran tender.
News: Poolman saw 13:33 of ice time in Monday's clash with Vancouver -- his first game in nearly two months.
Impact: Poolman served as a healthy scratch in the Jets' previous 17 outings, but was thrust back into action following the injury to Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) -- who is considered week-to-week. If his exclusion from the lineup had extended much further, the 24-year-old Poolman probably would have been sent down to AHL Manitoba, if only to get him playing some competitive hockey. For now, the Iowa native figures to continue filling in during Byfuglien's absence.
News: Trouba saw a significant uptick in power-play ice time (2:23) Monday against Vancouver.
Impact: With Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) considered week-to-week, Trouba figures to take on a bigger role on the power play. Fantasy owners no doubt will be hoping that the blueliner's additional opportunities with the man advantage will translate into goals and end his seven-game drought. If the 23-year-old fails to step up, Tyler Myers could also be tasked with the responsibility of replacing Byfuglien.