#NHLJets have agreed to terms with forward Jansen Harkins on a two-year contract with an average annual value of $725,000.
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) October 27, 2020
Jansen Harkins Signed by the Winnipeg Jets
The 23-year-old forward made his NHL debut with the Jets last season but also played with the Manitoba Moose in the AHL for part of the season. In 29 games played with the Jets, Harkins scored twice and dished out five assists, making for seven points. In the AHL, Harkins lit it up. He scored seven times and had 24 assists, totalling to 31 points in only 30 games. In 150 games played with the Moose over four years, Harkins had 26 goals and 53 assists for 79 points. He also had 86 penalties in minutes over that same 150 game stretch. Harkins is a very smart player who loves to set up his teammates for scoring plays.
Looking to the Future
Having Jansen Harkins signed is beneficial for the Jets. They are only paying him just above league minimum, a good deal for a team with literally $0 in cap space right now. A lefty centerman is something the Jets could use, as their third and fourth line centermen are weak. Harkins might not start over them, however, unless there is an injury or other circumstances where he would need to be called up. But, seeing as he played 29 games with the Jets last season, him playing fourth-line minutes would not be surprising. Last season, he was averaging less than 10 minutes per game until early February, but then started to more time. Whether or not Harkins starts will likely be dependent on his performance in the AHL. Fans could see him playing significant minutes as soon as next season if Paul Maurice decides he will be the best fit.
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