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Enstrom glum again this year

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Toby Enstrom doesn't stand in front of the media very often, but when he does, he seldom dances around an issue.

And there's no hiding how he's feeling about another spring without playoff hockey on the horizon.

"It's very disappointing," Enstrom said. "I really wanted to make the playoffs this year. But with the way the team has been playing the last 30, 40 games, it's been improving. It felt like after the Olympic break, we had a good chance... to get ourselves in, but every year you miss the playoffs is disappointing. It doesn't feel good.

"There's still two games left in this year and then we have the summer to recharge. Coach wants us to really play at a high pace, and it's going to be an important summer for everyone on the team to come in next year well prepared for camp."

KICHTON PART OF STAR-STUDDED CAST: St. John's IceCaps defenceman Brenden Kichton, drafted in the seventh round last year by the Jets, was named Wednesday to the American Hockey League's All-Rookie Team.

Kichton, 21, has 10 goals and 35 assists in 71 games for the IceCaps this season.

SICK-BAY UPDATE: Bryan Little and Devin Setoguchi did not skate Wednesday. Paul Maurice said both were given "maintenance" days. Little is to play in the final two games, Thursday against Boston and Friday in Calgary.

The Jets recalled forward Patrice Cormier from the IceCaps.

HARDWARE NIGHT: The Jets will announce their team awards for the 2013-14 season prior to puck-drop tonight. The hardware includes the Dan Snyder Memorial Award (perseverance, dedication and hard work without reward or recognition), the Community Service Award (commitment to our community), and the Three Stars of the Game Award (most three-star selections at the MTS Centre).

NOTABLE: Jacob Trouba's 10th goal of the season in Toronto last weekend set a new franchise record for goals by a rookie defenceman.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 10, 2014 D3

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