NHL News: Jets ink pick Cole Perfetti, 2021 season updates, and more

The Winnipeg Jets inked their first round pick, 10th overall in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Cole Perfetti signed his ELC yesterday and will try to start his pro journey as an 18 year-old next season.

NHL News: Jets ink Cole Perfetti

Winnipeg’s future number one center will be attending Canada’s selection camp on November 16th. He scored 111 points in the OHL last season which was a single season record for Saginaw.

“I think every kid’s dream and every player’s goal is to make the NHL as fast as possible, and that’s obviously my goal, is to make it this year,” Perfetti stated. “Hopefully, I earn a spot and play very good at camp that they are forced to keep me there.”

The latest on the NHL start of the season

The NBA announced they are shooting for a December 22 start date. For the NHL, the target is January 1 but it is a fluid situation. Elliotte Friedman has been tracking down the story and said that both the NHL and the PA are in “regular contact”.

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“The players that I have spoken to are kind of getting to the point where they’re saying, ‘OK, let’s talk about dates here,'” Friedman said on Writers Bloc.

When it comes to challenges, Friedman stressed heavily time off for the players. A condensed schedule will make that difficult and things like the typical “Christmas break” will need to be negotiated.

Dallad Stars sign RFA Roope Hintz

Dallas has inked RFA Roope Hintz to a 3 year deal with an AAV of $3.15 million.

Winnipeg Jets trying to boost Patrik Laine’s value?

The Jets appear to have brought back center Paul Stastny for two reasons. One to add a center, and two to rekindle some chemistry with former linemate Patrik Laine.

According to the rumor mill, the hope is to raise his trade value for next season. Read the full story here.