Injuries and illness on the Winnipeg Jets’ forward lines have led to recall of winger Carl Klingberg from the St. John’s IceCaps.
The 22-year-old Klingberg was promoted from the IceCaps today after the Jets, who play the Calgary Flames tonight, placed forward Evander Kane (hand laceration) on injured reserve.
Winnipeg already has forwards Jim Slater (hernia) and Matt Halischuk (broken arm) on IR.
As well, Jets forward Devin Setoguchi is sick and might not play against the Flames. That’s led to the promotion — at least in practice — of Eric O’Dell to Winnipeg’s second line with Olli Jokinen and Dustin Byfuglien. O’Dell has scored two goals in eight games since being recalled from the IceCaps, both those goals coming in the last two games.
Klingberg has 11 goals, 18 points and a team-leading plus-eight rating for the IceCaps this season. He has played in seven career NHL games with Winnipeg and the Atlanta Thrasher, but has yet to record a point.
The move is not the only one that significantly affects the upcoming three-game series between the IceCaps and AHL-leading Manchester Monarchs, who square off at Mile One Centre Friday, Saturday and Monday. The Monarchs have lost goalie Martin Jones, probably for the rest of the season, after he was recalled to the parent Los Angeles Kings.
Jones becomes the backup to Kings’ No. 1 netminder Jonathan Quick after Ben Scrivens was traded to the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday.