THE JETS GO TO CAMP

DAY 2

SundayXtra - - JETS TRAINING CAMP REPORT -

PLAY­ERS ON CAMP ROS­TER:

PLAY­ERS IN CAMP SATUR­DAY: 50.

MISS­ING: D Tyler My­ers, D Grant Cl­it­some, D Jan Kostalek, C John Al­bert, G Jussi Olki­noura

NEWS OF THE DAY: With Jets Na­tion out in full force for the team’s an­nual Fan Fest, the club held an af­ter­noon scrim­mage that in­cluded a mix of young prospects and likely AH­Lers, with fourth line and sev­enth-de­fence­man, vet­eran types.

Most no­table, how­ever, was who didn’t scrim­mage — young­ster Nik Eh­lers.

Jets head coach Paul Mau­rice had Eh­lers prac­tise in the morn­ing with an oth­er­wise ex­clu­sively vet­eran group that in­cluded the team’s top seven for­wards (plus Alex Bur­mistrov), top six de­fence­man and top two goalies.

That prompted the ob­vi­ous ques­tion about Eh­lers — and an ob­vi­ous an­swer.

“No, he doesn’t have the job yet,” Mau­rice replied. “All of our Amer­i­can (Hockey) League play­ers ran a sim­i­lar ver­sion to our sys­tem, so they’ve al­ready seen it a bunch of times.

“But there’s two or three guys that haven’t had a lot of ex­po­sure to it and he’s one of them. He and Bur­mistrov are the two guys. So they were out there to­day in that en­vi­ron­ment. With only nine for­wards and six D, you can spend a lot more time teach­ing them.

“We want to get them as much ex­po­sure to this sys­tem and this style of hockey as we can.”

QUOTABLE: “I was driv­ing to get here around 7 o’clock in the morn­ing and there was al­ready a big lineup out­side. And I seen Danc­ing Gabe out there. He was wear­ing a jersey and he was ex­cited. It’s good to see. We know we have great fans and they’re happy they have a team in this city. They’re ex­cited, and you play hockey for the fans.”

— Goal­tender On­drej Pav­elec on the big turnout at MTS Ice­plex Satur­day for what the Jets billed as Fan Fest.

FYI: Fri­day’s top three line com­bos and de­fen­sive pair­ings: Ladd-Lowry-Lit­tle; Stafford-ScheifeleWheeler; Per­reaultBur­mistrov-Eh­lers; En­strom-Har­ri­son; Stu­art-Trouba; Chiarot-Byfuglien

TO­DAY’S SKED: Group 1: 9-10:30 a.m.; Group 2: Noon1:30 p.m. At MTS Ice­plex.

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