The Winnipeg Jets have got some significant contributions from some of their new faces already this season, whether it’s Jacob Trouba logging big minutes in the defensive corps, the goals scored by Devin Setoguchi and Michael Frolik or Mark Scheifele settling in on the second line.
And then there is Matt Halischuk, brought in this past summer after being cast adrift by the Nashville Predators, who has yet to even suit up for a regular-season game. That could change in the next few days, however, with the Jets playing three times in four nights, beginning Thursday in Minnesota against the Wild.
"That stuff is kind of out of your hands. You just try to come in and work hard, get some good practices in, some good training in and just be ready to go," said Halischuk after practice Wednesday and just prior to the team heading out to Minny. "There’s not much else you can do.
"Everybody is here with the same goal: to win games. So, whether I’m in or not I just try to work hard and do my best and do whatever I can to get some wins in here.
"I want to stay sharp and contribute right away but the main thing is, and I’ve been through this before, is to try and not do too much, to play a team game and just do the simple things."
Halischuk was working on a line with Jim Slater and Anthony Peluso on Wednesday, with James Wright also getting some turns with that unit. He’s coming off a decent training camp in which he showcased the tenacity and grit to his game that led to the Jets signing him.
"He’s a good, hard-working, honest player," said Jets coach Claude Noel of Halischuk. "He’s a very efficient player that gives you what he has every day. He’s very reliable, a good penalty killer. He’s played well.
"He might be in… so, let’s just wait and see."
Noel said winger Chris Thorburn remains day-to-day with his injury. There’s also a possibility Al Montoya could get his first start in net, what with the Jets facing the Wild Thursday before returning home to face the Dallas Stars Friday and the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
"I’m not afraid of putting him in the game," Noel said of Montoya. "He’s a guy that is going to have to play here soon so that would probably be a good time."