Winnipeg Jets Player News: All Positions

News: An independent arbitrator awarded Copp a two-year, $4.56 million contract with the Jets on Tuesday.
Impact: The Jets and Copp were reportedly separated on both term and salary prior to Sunday's hearing, and thus were unable to come to terms on a new deal without the assistance of an independent arbitrator. Copp, who notched 11 goals and 25 points while posting a plus-20 rating in 69 games last campaign, will continue to fill a middle-six role for Winnipeg over the next two seasons.
News: Pionk inked a two-year, $6 million deal with Winnipeg on Sunday.
Impact: Pionk was traded to Winnipeg last month as part of the deal that sent Jacob Trouba to the Rangers. The Jets' blue line has taken a significant hit this offseason, so the 23-year-old should slot into a top-four role. Last season, he scored six goals and 26 points with 98 blocked shots and 138 hits in 73 contests.
News: Copp and the Jets are separated on both term and salary, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports, which could force the two sides to go through with their July 21 arbitration hearing.
Impact: Copp is looking for just one year at nearly twice the salary ($1.5 versus $2.9 million). A deal can still be struck even after the hearing, though that seems unlikely considering the two camps can't even agree on the length of Copp's new contract. The 25-year-old will likely continue to fill a bottom-six role for Winnipeg during the 2019-20 campaign, but a spot on the No. 2 power-play unit figures to bolster his fantasy value.
News: Nogier has penned a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg.
Impact: In 74 minor-league outings last season, Nogier notched one goal and eight assists. Not known for his offensive game, the 23-year-old is solid stay-at-home blueliner with size and stands a decent chance of breaking into the NHL full time at some point, though it's unlikely to happen in 2019-20 given the Jets' defensive depth.
News: Heinola agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Winnipeg on Monday.
Impact: After tallying 14 points in 34 games with his Finnish club Lukko this year, Heinola was taken with the 20th overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft. The defender will likely spend another year playing overseas, but if he can further develop the offensive side of his game, he could find himself on the 23-man roster heading into the 2020-21 campaign.
News: Pionk officially filed for arbitration Friday.
Impact: Acquired by Winnipeg in the deal that sent Jacob Trouba to New York, Pionk opted for arbitration ahead of Friday afternoon's deadline. Now, the 23-year-old blueliner, fresh off recording 26 points in 73 games with the Rangers in 2018-19, will try to come to terms on a long-term deal with Jets before the two parties meet with a neutral arbitrator.
News: Copp filed for arbitration ahead of Friday's deadline.
Impact: Copp followed up a career-best 28-point campaign with 25 points in 2018-19 and should see a raise on last season's salary of $1.1 million. The 24-year-old, barring unforeseen circumstances, will return to Winnipeg next year and should slot into a bottom-six role, similar to what Copp did a season ago.
News: Letestu signed a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Impact: Letestu only played in two NHL games last season, spending the bulk of the year in the minors with AHL Cleveland. It was the first time the veteran appeared in an AHL contest since 2009-10, but he performed well with 21 goals and 29 assists. Following the departure of Kevin Hayes, the Jets find themselves relatively thin down the middle, which could open the door for Letestu to be a regular in the lineup in a bottom-six role.
News: Bitetto penned a one-year, two-way deal with Winnipeg on Tuesday that will pay him $700,000 at the NHL level.
Impact: Stuck behind a logjam of defensemen when he was with Nashville, Bitetto saw an uptick in playing time after making the move to Minnesota at the deadline. The 28-year-old will certainly be in the mix for a spot on the 23-man roster during training camp, but may be hard pressed to beat out Dmitry Kulikov or Sami Niku and may have to spend some time in the minors.
News: Schilling inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Jets on Monday.
Impact: The contract agreed upon will have an AAV of $700,000 at the NHL level. Schilling appeared in four games with the Jets last season, collecting one assist and five blocked shots. The 30-year-old will certainly provide depth to the organization, and could be one of the first defensemen in line for a call-up should injuries occur.
News: Beaulieu inked a one-year, $1 million contract with Winnipeg on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Even after the Jets declined to give Beaulieu a qualifying offer, there was speculation that the blueliner would still be returning to the team. The departure of Jacob Trouba might create some opportunities for Beaulieu to earn a regular spot in the lineup, but he will have to beat out Neal Pionk, Sami Niku and Logan Stanley during training camp.
News: Myers is closing in on a five-year, $30 million deal with the Canucks, Andy Strickland of 590 The Fan reports.
Impact: Vancouver is courting a 10-year veteran, with Myers having amassed 74 goals and 191 assists through 635 career contests between the Sabres and Jets. His massive 6-foot-8, 229-pound frame provides a thick layer of defense, and it's relatively easy for him to create space in the attacking zone to the benefit of fantasy owners abound. However, the Canucks only averaged 2.67 goals per game this past season -- which tied New Jersey for 25th overall -- so there should be some immediate concerns about Myers dipping in value away from the Jets, a team that ranked seventh in scoring.
News: Comrie earned a qualifying offer from Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Impact: With Laurent Brossoit under contract to serve as the No. 2 behind Connor Hellebuyck, Comrie is unlikely to see much in terms of NHL action this season. The 23-year-old will likely split the netminding duties in the minors with Mikhail Berdin.
News: Nogier was given a qualifying offer by the Jets on Tuesday.
Impact: Nogier played in just one NHL game this season, in which he saw a mere 10:06 of ice time. In the minors, the blueliner tallied nine points in 74 appearances and could be in contention for a spot on the 23-man roster with a strong training camp showing this fall.
News: Pionk was qualified by Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Impact: Pionk was brought in by the Jets in exchange for Jacob Trouba and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft (Ville Heinola), which means he was always on the club's list for receiving a qualifying offer. The blueliner won't cost the team as much as Trouba would have, but he still will put a dent in its approximately $23.8 million cap space.
News: Copp was handed a qualifying offer by Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Impact: Copp reached the 25-point mark for a second consecutive season this year in a bottom-sx role. While the center doesn't have a spot on the power play, his ability to provide depth scoring anchoring the third line makes him a valuable piece of the Jets' lineup, which is why the club opted to give him a qualifying offer.
News: Connor was handed a qualifying offer by the Jets on Tuesday.
Impact: Connor may be second fiddle in terms of the team's offseason priorities behind Patrik Laine, but the club was never going to let him become an unrestricted free agent. The Jets' somewhat limited cap space, coupled with the need to give Laine a sizable raise, could see Connor given an offer sheet by an opposing club after he put up career highs in goals (34) , assists (32) and shots (227) last season. Even if the 21-year-old ends up somewhere else, which still seems unlikely, he is capable of pushing for the 70-point threshold on an annual basis.
News: Laine received a qualifying offer from Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Impact: In perhaps the least surprising move in NHL history, the Jets formally issued a qualifying offer to Laine in order to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent July 1. There is also zero chance the world-class winger signs the one-year, $874,125 offer, but the two sides figure to continue to work on a deal throughout the coming weeks.
News: Dano didn't receive a qualifying offer from Winnipeg on Tuesday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: It's a little bit of a surprise to see the Jets part ways with Dano, after the team reclaimed him off waivers in November following his brief stint in Colorado. Once he was back in the fold, the club left him in the minors with AHL Manitoba, for which he notched 12 goals, 18 helpers and 75 PIM. Selected by the Blue Jackets with the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the 24-year-old has logged just 138 games and could struggle to secure an NHL deal this summer.
News: Morrow wasn't tendered a qualifying offer by the Jets and will become a free agent July 1, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Morrow played in just 41 NHL games, in part due to injuries, in which he tallied one goal, six helpers and 40 shots. The defender's lack of offensive production will limit his options in free agency, though he should still be capable of finding a new home.
News: Beaulieu will be allowed to test the free-agent market after the Jets opted not to give him a qualifying offer, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: A qualifying offer for Beaulieu would have carried a $2.4 million cap hit, which was likely a little steep for a third pairing defenseman. Even though he will hit the open market, the Jets may still be interested in bringing the 26-year-old back for a lower salary. Regardless of where he ends up, the blueliner is unlikely to repeat his 2016-17 production (28 points in 75 games).
News: Nikkanen was drafted 113th overall by the Jets at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Ranked No. 21 amongst European skaters by NHL Central Scouting in their midterm rankings, Nikkanen plummeted to No. 32 overall in their final rankings. So, why the drop off? Well, for one, he played fourth-line minutes after being called up to Jukurit's top team in the Finnish league and being stapled to the bench most nights didn't help his draft stock. Nikkanen will flash high-end offensive skill at times, but he's nothing more than an average skater and you don't get the same effort from him on a nightly basis. There's something here, but Nikkanen certainly has some flaws in his game to correct.
News: Lundmark was drafted 51st overall by the Jets at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Viewed by many as one of the defensive sleepers of this draft, few thought Lundmark would ever end up going this high. His ice time in the SHL this past season was limited, but he played quite well in a depth role for Linkoping. There isn't a ton of high-end offense here, but Lundmark is a strong puck mover and a right-handed shot. The No. 21 ranked European skater by NHL Central Scouting, Lundmark will marinate in Sweden for another few seasons.
News: Heinola was drafted 20th overall by the Jets at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Heinola has elite vision and hockey sense, and that helps mask his average wheels. Don't get us wrong -- he definitely has a solid pro future. Heinola has ice water in his veins and his game reads are exceptional. But at 5-foot-11, defenders are expected to be high-end skaters. He isn't. Heinola already played against men in Finland's top league and the growth in his game over the year showed scouts he can find his way. He controls exits and entries well, and that's a big part of today's NHL. Heinola could be a solid, T.J. Brodie type, so watch his game closely.
News: Pionk was traded to the Jets along with the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft in exchange for Jacob Trouba.
Impact: Like Trouba, Pionk is also a restricted free agent so Winnipeg is only acquiring his rights. However, he will be much more affordable to extend. The 23-year-old has shown promise though, notching six goals and 26 points while racking up 138 hits during the 2018-19 campaign. Pionk should be a decent bottom-four defenseman for the Jets next season.
News: Luoto signed a three-year, two-way contract with the Jets on Saturday.
Impact: Luoto played with Patrik Laine in Finland, but the 21-year-old did not get drafted. He tallied just 16 points over 58 games with the Tappara Tampere of Finland's top hockey league last season, but he could end up in the minors this year if he decides to travel across the pond.
News: Gustafsson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Jets on Thursday.
Impact: Gustafsson spent the 2018-19 campaign with HV71 of the SHL, notching two goals and 12 points in 36 games. The 2018 second-round pick might receive an invite to Winnipeg's training camp this year, but he's fully expected to return to Sweden for at least one more season with HV71, so he probably won't make his NHL debut until 2020-21 at the earliest.
News: Lipon agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with the Jets on Thursday.
Impact: Lipon spent the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Manitoba, notching 11 goals and 26 points in 60 games. The 2013 third-round pick hasn't appeared in an NHL contest since 2015-16 and is nothing more than an organizational depth option at this stage in his career.
News: Griffith inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Jets on Wednesday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: The deal is worth $700,000 at the NHL level and $300,000 at the AHL level, but the latter number will likely be more relevant to Griffith's future. The 26-year-old hasn't suited up in the NHL since 2017, but led the AHL's Manitoba Moose in scoring last season with 57 points.
News: Chibisov signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Jets on Saturday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Chibisov spent the 2018-19 campaign with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL, notching seven goals and 20 points in 50 games. This is just a depth signing for the Jets, so Chibisov will likely spend the entirety of the upcoming season in the minors.
News: Suess inked a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg on Friday.
Impact: Suess was putting together a solid first professional season with eight goals and four helpers in 26 games, until an upper-body injury in December ended his 2018-19 campaign. Selected by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Draft, the 25-year-old spent four years with Minnesota State University, racking up 127 points in 157 collegiate outings along the way. The winger's deal will pay him $700,000 at the NHL level, which should afford him some green eggs and ham.
News: Shaw agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with the Jets on Friday.
Impact: Shaw spent the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign in the AHL, totaling 29 goals and 51 points in 70 games. The 26-year-old forward is nothing more than an organizational depth option at this stage in his career, and will once again spend most of his time in the minors next season.