Photo: Albany Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid, shown here playing for New Jersey in an NHL preseason game, has been among the top goaltenders in the AHL so far in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
As the AHL season has entered full swing, so have the NHL recalls. Many AHL players have already seen considerable time in the NHL, or have spent a large number of days traveling between where their parent club is playing, and where their AHL team is located.
Photo: Defenseman Jacob Trouba scored one goal, one assist, and led the Jets with over 25 minutes of ice time in his NHL debut (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon SMI)
The Winnipeg Jets have built steadily through the draft since relocating from Atlanta. The team hit well in the early rounds of 2011 and 2012 and went for volume in 2013 with ten overall picks, including five in the first three rounds.
Photo: Selected 8th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, forward Alex Burmistrov was the final first-round pick the Atlanta Thrashers organization would ever make. The Thrashers moved to Winnipeg in 2011 and became the Jets. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The Winnipeg Jets finished the season ninth overall in the Eastern Conference, just four points out of the playoffs. On the whole however, it was a disappointing season for the organization. Although they showed fight down to the final week of the shortened season, several flaws in the team makeup became evident as the season wore on, and there are areas of concern that must be addressed in the upcoming draft.
Photo: Tanner Pearson, a point-per-game player in January, ranks among the top ten rookie scorers in the AHL thanks to his recent production. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
Welcome to the January 2013 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various competition levels who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind. This month's edition features a handful of participants from the 2013 World Junior Championships, both the positive performances for Team USA and Sweden as well as the more disappointing showings from the likes of Canada and Finland. We also discuss a pair of pro prospects who are hot at the right time and putting themselves in a good position in their respective organizations now that the lockout is over.