Thursday, October 6, 2011

Jets Add Scoring Touch With MacLean, Send Cormier Down For Seasoning

For a team that had trouble scoring goals last season, the addition of Brett MacLean via the waiver wire is what Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is hoping will solve that problem.

MacLean, a former 30 goal scorer in the AHL and a two-time 100+ point producer in junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals, MacLean has been described as a pure offensive threat.

Selected 32nd overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the now 22 year-old MacLean has had only 13 games of NHL experience with his former team, the Phoenix Coyotes, scoring two goals and adding an assist in those games.

In three seasons in the AHL, one of them cut short because of a call-up, MacLean posted over 21 goals, including 30 goals in 2009-10, to go along with 35 assists.

MacLean will likely be in Jets blue come Sunday afternoon.

As for Patrice Cormier, the former 54th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, he will be starting the season with the St. John's Ice Caps of the AHL to season his game.

As Cormier has only played 63 games in the past two seasons between his junior suspension, injury and his time between the Chicago Wolves and the Atlanta Thrashers, Jets management want the young centreman to have some time playing.

With the Ice Caps, Cormier will have a leading role offensively. And he can contribute offensively, having scored 51 points (23 goals, 28 assists) in his second last junior season, and he was scoring at a point per game until his suspension in his final junior season in 2009-19.

If injuries persist in the Jets lineup, Cormier may be the first to get the call to come back to Winnipeg.

As for now, the Jets are hoping MacLean will be the answer and he can form into a full-time NHLer.

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