The Winnipeg Jets made a roster change before heading out of town for the start of a 4 game road trip Saturday Night in Edmonton. Veteran Goalie Ondrej Pavelec has been activated, and rookie Netminder Connor Hellebuyck has been assigned to the AHL Manitoba Moose.
Pavelec had been sidelined since suffering a strained knee on November 21st in a game versus the Arizona Coyotes. The Jets goalie was involved in a goalmouth collision with Coyotes Captain Shane Doan, leaving backup Michael Hutchinson, and Hellebuyck to handle the netminding duties.
Hutchinson struggled, going winless in 7 starts before ending the drought last Saturday with a 4-2 victory in Colorado. Hellebuyck was outstanding in winning his first 4 NHL starts, and proceeded to take over the net for 22 of the next 25 games.
But in his last 2 home starts, the 22 year old Michigan native struggled- allowing 6 goals on just 17 shots in just 24:33 of playing time in the 5-3 and 6-2 losses to Carolina and Boston. Hellebuyck went 13-11-1 with a 2.34 goals against average and .918 saves percentage in 25 games played.
Pavelec was 5-6-1 with a 2.82 goals GAA and .906 saves percentage in the 15 appearances he made prior to getting injured.
To make room for Hellebuyck the Manitoba Moose have sent goalie Jussi Olkinuora to the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL.