Winnipeg – Barring a last minute injury or illness, Forward Jack Roslovic and Goalie Eric Comrie will become the 4th and 5th players to make their NHL debuts for the Winnipeg Jets this season when they suit tomorrow night in the team’s final road game of the season versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. That was confirmed by Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice to reporters covering the team practice this afternoon at Nationwide Arena.
It will be an extra special night for Roslovic, who is from Columbus and will have family and friends in the stands to watch the 20 year old, 6-1 and 182 pound center achieve a life long dream of playing in the NHL.
Roslovic, who was the Jets second pick in the first round (25th overall) of the 2015 entry draft, was the leading scorer on the Manitoba Moose with 13 goals and 32 assists for 45 points in 61 games when he was officially recalled on Monday. So was Kyle Connor, and they were among the players watching from the press box on Tuesday Night in St. Louis when the Jets beat the Blues 5-2.
At the same time, Comrie was making 35 saves and earning 1st Star of the game honors in a 3-1 Manitoba Moose victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins. But he was boarding a plane for Columbus first thing this morning and arrived just in time for practice.
The 21 year old, 6-1 and 180 pound netminder from Edmonton has been outstanding for the Baby Jets in his second professional season, playing in 48 of the team’s 70 games to date.
Winnipeg’s 2nd round pick in 2013, and a 2015 World Junior Gold Medalist, is 17-25-2 with a 2.98 goals against average and .906 saves percentage.
The Jets are on their first 5 game winning streak in more than 2 years, and will try to win 6 in a row tomorrow night for the first time since relocating to Winnipeg from Atlanta for the start of the 2011-12 season. The last time the franchise won 6 straight was November 19-30/2010.