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It was a beautiful sunny day in early February and the Jets were in training camp at their training facility in Port Macquarie.
They were looking to fill their depth chart at forward, but the Jets had some serious competition for minutes on the top line.
They also needed some depth on defence, so they signed veteran winger Alexei Emelin to a three-year contract extension.
The Jets’ first round pick, 2016 third overall pick Anders Nilsson, also signed a one-year deal worth $1.4 million.
It was the first of two deals that were expected.
The other one, signed earlier in the month, was expected.
But the first was not the outcome.
Nilsson has been a disappointment in Winnipeg and the two signings in March had some fans scratching their heads.
He was a good NHLer, and there were plenty of questions about his ability to be a top-four forward in the NHL, but he was also a guy who could not translate his offensive skills into the Jets’ lineup.
So why were the Jets going to give up that pick?
The answer is that Nilsson has played just six games with the Jets this season.
Nilsson’s play this season is not good enough to warrant the signing.
And the Jets know that, because they have had trouble getting him to play.
The Jets are currently ranked third in the league in scoring and Nilsson is not doing much of anything to improve that situation.
He has two goals and three assists in 10 games.
Nicolson is a good player, but there is simply not enough time to play for the Jets in the playoffs.
The issue is not that Nilson has not played in the past.
It is that he is a player who has not been getting the opportunities to contribute consistently enough to help the Jets score more goals.
Nilansson has only played four games with Winnipeg this season and has four points, three assists and three penalty minutes.
But he is not scoring as many goals as he should be.
Nissan has only registered a point in nine games with Buffalo, the Jets third and final team to come to Winnipeg and his best game of the season so far was the game where he scored the overtime winner against Buffalo.
The goal was his second of the year.
Niland has two assists in six games this season, but has no points or points on the power play.
The Sabres power play has a combined 0-for-14.
Nillsson is also not getting the chance to play in the postseason, which has made him a non-factor.
He has not had any playoff experience and he has not appeared in a playoff game this season either.
The NHL has been trying to work on his game since he was drafted.
His defensive game is still a work in progress and he is still not getting any looks at the top-nine minutes.
He is also having trouble finding offensive zone time.
Nimby is not an ideal role player for the Oilers, but is not a terrible role player either.
Nilsons offensive game is a work-in-progress.
He needs to continue to work to make sure his offensive game starts to improve.
The next question is, what about the other forwards on the Jets roster?
The Jets had the option of signing two forwards who were not yet NHL ready, but did not have the salary cap space to spend on another one.
They could have traded the pick, but they did not.
Instead, the trade deadline is two weeks away.
The Oilers have signed a pair of forwards in Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to two-year deals worth $4 million per season.
They have one more player coming off an eight-game point streak.
They have two young prospects in Connor Fiala and Dylan Strome, both who are still developing and could be NHL ready.
So the Oilers have a nice mix of NHL players with plenty of experience.
The other player the Oilers could have used to bolster their depth is Ryan Nuggett, who is not even signed yet and is the Jets top prospect.
Nuggett has scored four goals in 19 games this year.
He will be competing for the fourth and final spot on the team’s depth chart.
He does not have any NHL experience.
If Nuggetts development continues and he starts to produce, he could be an NHL player in a few years.
Naggett’s production is a problem for the Edmonton Oilers.
His production in his rookie year was very good.
His play was a bit erratic and his shots were not always accurate, but it was a very good rookie season.
The problem is that Nugget was playing for a young team and he did not contribute at the level expected.
Nucks team depth chart reads like a top line of Connor McElhinney, Sam Bennett and Zach Bogosian.
It could be worse, but in the grand scheme of things, the Oilers were not