SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Winnipeg Jets confirmed Thursday they'll assign defenceman Josh Morrissey to the AHL's St. John's IceCaps in the coming days.
Morrissey, who turns 19 today, was selected 13th overall by the Jets at last year's NHL Draft and spent this season with the Western Hockey League's Prince Albert Raiders, where he was named a first-team all-star and is a finalist for the league's defenceman-of-the-year award.
Morrissey's Raiders were bounced in straight games by the Edmonton Oil Kings from the WHL playoffs Wednesday night.
The IceCaps sit second in the AHL's Atlantic Division with a record of 41-21-4 and are setting up for a playoff run. Morrissey, who had 28 goals and 73 points in 59 games this season, will get a chance to taste the pro game with the IceCaps in the post-season.
Next fall, however, the Calgary native will still have junior eligibility remaining so he'll have to crack the Jets lineup or return to Prince Albert.
Sabres recall duo
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have recalled defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen and forward Johan Larsson from the minors to address an injury-depleted roster.
The moves were made Thursday before a game at Nashville that night, when the league-worst Sabres (20-44-8) were to close a five-game road trip.
Defenceman Tyler Myers was hurt in a 2-0 loss at Montreal on Tuesday, in his first game after missing five with an elbow injury. Forward Torrey Mitchell was also hurt at Montreal.
Ristolainen returns for a third stint in Buffalo this season. The rookie, a first-round draft pick, has a goal in 24 games with the Sabres.
Larsson has also split time this season between Buffalo and AHL Rochester. He has an assist in 21 games with the Sabres.
—Staff / news services