A day after the Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff suggested his team would not immediately recall a forward from the St. John's IceCaps to replace an injured Mark Scheifele, the Jets did just that, promoting John Albert from their AHL farm club Thursday afternoon.
One reason for the apparent change in plans could be because Albert is being classified as an emergency recall, one which will not count towards the four-recall limit imposed on NHL teams between now and the end of the regular season.
The Jets are missing three forwards because of injury. Besides Scheifele, out four to eight weeks with a sprained knee, centre James Wright is sidelined with a sprained ankle and Chris Thorburn is listed day-to-day with an upper-body ailment. That left Winnipeg with just 12 healthy forwards for Thursday night's home game against the Los Angeles Kings.
This is Albert's second call-up to Winnipeg. He spent eight games with the Jets earlier this season, scoring one goal, which came in his NHL debut against the Rangers in New York.
The 25-year-old Albert has 33 points in 51 games for the IceCaps this season. That includes 17 goals, 11 of which have come in St, John's last nine games. He also leads the AHL with six shorthanded tallies.