The Winnipeg Jets recalled 25-year old center John Albert from the St. John’s Ice Caps of the AHL on Thursday.
Albert made his NHL debut on December 2nd, 2013, and scored his first NHL goal on the same night. Albert went on to play 7 more games with the Jets, before they returned him on loan just before the Christmas break. He has a -3 rating and an average Time On Ice in the 5:00 range after eight games this season.
In the AHL, Albert has 17 goals and 33 points in 51 games with the Ice Caps this season, and has 14 points in his last 13 games. Albert was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week on February 23rd.
The Jets recalled Albert after centers Mark Scheifele and James Wright went down with injuries in the past week. Wright (ankle, indefinitely) and Scheifele (MCL, 6-8 weeks) both look to be out for an extended period of time, meaning Albert may even finish the final 19 games with the Jets.
The move comes ahead of the Jets’ match-up with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night in Winnipeg. The Jets made the announcement just before 11:00 Central, and it is unknown whether Albert will get to Winnipeg in time to dress Thursday. Michael Frolik is also moving from the wing to center to fill the void against the Kings.
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