The Winnipeg Jets made their first round of training-camp cuts on Monday sending 10 players packing to junior or minor-league clubs.

Few of the cuts came as a surprise. A whole pack of the Jets’ 2013 draftees are headed back to their junior clubs including:


goalie Eric Comrie (Tri-City Americans)
Jimmy Lodge (Saginaw Spirit)
Jan Kostalek (Rimouski) and
Nic Petan (Portland Winterhawks).

A group of 2012 draft picks is also headed back including:

Guelph Storm forward Scott Kosmachuk
Lukas Sutter – who will go to spend a year under his uncle coach Brent Sutter with the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels – and
Kelowna Rockets forward Ryan Olsen.

The Jets also released their three unsigned rookies. Towering 6-foot-6 forward Axel Blomqvist just 18 will be headed back to the Lethbridge Hurricanes and will re-enter next year’s NHL draft after being passed over this year. Mitchell Theoret will return to the Barrie Colts for his overage year. Blueliner Zach Bell meanwhile has been assigned to the Jets affiliate St. John’s IceCaps.

The cuts leave 48 players in camp including 2013 draft picks Josh Morrissey Brenden Kichton and J.C. Lipon.
Top-goalie list omits Pavelec

The Jets’ goaltending numbers haven’t always been pretty and while Jets fans crunch statistics and tangle over the reasons why – spotty defence? Bad positioning? – this much is true: they’ll have to rise if the Jets want to make noise in the postseason.

With that in mind Jets head coach Claude Noel conceded it was "probably fair" that ESPN’s list of the top 25 NHL goalies released today omitted starter Ondrej Pavelec from the ranking. "Judging from his numbers I think those are assessments that get made in the media" Noel said after this morning’s training camp session at MTS Iceplex. "That’s their opinion and it’s probably fair. Until his numbers change then players get ranked a lot of times according to numbers."

To be clear Noel said he has confidence in Pavelec who will likely see his first game action of the year against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. But Pavelec is one of many players who will have to raise their game he said. "I think our goaltending can help us get in the playoffs" he said. "We’re going to have to play a good team game. Our goalies are going to have to do their part."