Winnipeg Jets assign Kyle Connor to Manitoba Moose to finalize roster

Manitoba Moose forward Kyle Connor celebrates his second period goal against the Chicago Wolves. True North Sports & Entertainment

The Winnipeg Jets made their final cut of training camp on Tuesday.

The Jets assigned forward Kyle Connor to the Manitoba Moose to finalize their opening day 23-man roster. The move left the Jets with 24 players but forward Matt Hendricks was placed on injured reserve.

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Connor, 20, made the Jets’ roster out of training camp last season. He appeared in 19 games with the team before getting re-assigned to the Moose. Connor found his stride in the AHL and was named Manitoba’s most valuable player after he scored 25 goals with 19 assists in just 52 games. The Jets called him back up late in the season and he scored a goal in their final game of the regular season.

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The Jets kept eight defenseman on their opening day playing roster including rookie blueliner Tucker Poolman.

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The Jets play their season opener on Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bell MTS Place.

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