Jets all set to roll with the punches as brand-new season methods
WINNIPEG– With training camp less than a week away for the Winnipeg Jets, there continues to be a lot of uncertainty about what the future holds as the team will get ready for a season like no other.
The Jets will be part of the North Department, otherwise called the Canadian Division, when the NHL season opens on Jan. 13.
Jets General Supervisor, Kevin Cheveldayoff spoke with media on Tuesday discussing whatever from what the teams taxi squad might look like to what to expect while playing during the pandemic.
When it concerns the taxi team, which will be a group of players that sticks with each team to limit the requirement for unnecessary travel in case there is an injury and a player needs to be called up, Cheveldayoff said he is still gathering information to understand how that will work best.
” Trying to understand where the American Hockey League might have to fit in and how it may need to operate for us this year. There’s a lot of behind the scenes discussion that are still going on there,” he said.
He stated the taxi squad will be unique as teams have never ever had to handle it previously.
” Having players that are just practising and not playing you have to take some particular things into factor to consider from a player development standpoint also.”
When Winnipeg opens camp, there will be some fresh faces taking part for the very first time, including Cole Perfetti who is presently playing in Edmonton as part of Group Canada at the World Junior Championships.
Cheveldayoff stated when Perfetti pertains to camp he will need to go through a modified quarantine for seven days prior to he is enabled to sign up with the remainder of the team.
That is simply one of the many changes that have actually been put in place due to the pandemic.
The distinctions that affect players on the ice are simpler to find, but Cheveldayoff said it has actually resulted in some problems off the ice, such as searching young potential customers.
” It’s something that you’re continuously trying to assess, continuously attempting to come to grips with,” he stated, “You find out to adjust, and you discover to utilize video. Everyone ends up being a video editor at some time in time here throughout this pandemic, but it still doesn’t remove from the human scouting aspect of things.”
He added this might lead to difficulties for the upcoming draft as there is a lot unpredictability with leagues worldwide.
Regardless of the challenges that the group and the league as a whole have to face, Cheveldayoff stated he is excited for the upcoming season and kept in mind the team that will see the most success will be the one that can roll with the punches.
Training camp will begin on Jan. 3 and the Jets will open their season on Jan. 14 in a bubble rematch against the Calgary Flames.