Split Squad Rosters vs. Winnipeg

I must admit, ti's a little strange-and exciting-to put Winnipeg in the headline. It's so good to have the Jets back in the league, and the Jackets are the team that gets to welcome them back to the NHL. Granted, it's only a preseason game (and a split-squad game at that) but a lot of people will take an interest in the result. Given the aura surrounding the return of the Jets, special considerations were taken into account when deciding on how to split the rosters. Generally, the Canadian coaches and players are heading to the 'Peg while the Americans and Euros stay in Columbus. Coach Arniel is a former Jet, so this should be an exciting moment for him. Here are the rosters:

Traveling to Winnipeg:

Matt Calvert Derick Brassard Tomas Kubalik
Alexandre Giroux Ryan Johansen Derek Dorsett
Ryan Russell Derek MacKenzie Aaron Bogosian
Dane Byers Martin St.Pierre Cody Bass

 

Kris Russell Dalton Prout
Grant Clitsome Cody Goloubef
Aaron Johnson Austin Madaisky

 

Curtis Sanford
Allen York

 

Staying in Columbus:

Vinny Prospal Antoine Vermette R.J. Umberger
Maksim Mayorov Samuel Pahlsson Jared Boll
Oliver Gabriel Michael Chaput Cam Atkinson
Dalton Smith Boone Jenner Lukas Sedlak

 

John Moore James Wisniewski
Nick Holden Radek Martinek
David Savard Marc Methot

 

Mark Dekanich
Paul Dainton

 

As you can see, the division of players by nationality isn't a rule, but generally the Western boys (outside of Gabriel) will be in Winnipeg. I love the look of the Moore-Wiz pairing, they would be dangerous on the man advantage. One player I'll be keying on this preseason is Tomas Kubalik- I think he's in line for a huge year, and he could even make the Jackets out of camp. I'm also eager to see what Dex is all about. He'll have a solid defense in front of him tomorrow.

Check back tomorrow for our game day coverage.

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