Within the next day or so, the Jets will be making some cuts as they want to trim their roster significantly; they only have a few preseason games left and they want to showcase their full team in the games to come.
In this article you will see six players that the Jets cannot cut.
Well, at least for now...
Jason Jaffray has to be one of the biggest fan-favorites in the Jets organization. He has been playing in Winnipeg for the now-defunct Manitoba Moose since the 2005-06 season and is having a decent enough preseason that should make it hard for the Jets staff to send him down to the AHL farm team.
Jaffray has some talent and is a good enough player that he can play well on the Jets' third or fourth line. Whether or not that is in the cards for him is yet to be seen, But the fans would love it if he stayed with the big club when the season starts.
Bodie, who stands at 6'4", is not afraid of anyone on the ice and is a tough guy that the Jets could use on their fourth line. He provides depth on this young and talented team and can also score the odd goal, as he did in today's preseason game.
Bodie has had a tremendous training camp and preseason so far, so we would like to expect that the Jets will sign him to a contract in the near future.
Paul Postma has been one of the top prospects in this organization for the past few years now and is finally putting himself in a position to make the big club on a full-time basis.
Postma has had a terrific preseason that has included a four-point night in the Jets' preseason home-opener against Columbus and could steal a spot on the Jets' third line defense.
Expect him to make it past the team's next cuts tomorrow.
Carl Klingberg is one of the Jets' most interesting prospects because he is a Swede who plays a relatively North American style of game. He doesn't rack up the most points, but he makes up for it by being a physical and crafty player.
Klingberg has a really good shot to make the Jets' third or fourth line and has had a good training camp, so it seems unlikely that he will be cut at this stage.
The 33-year-old Swiss netminder is currently on a tryout contract with the Jets and is a seasoned veteran who has won a Stanley Cup and posted a 30-plus win season once upon a time with the Colorado Avalanche.
Aebischer has spent the past four seasons playing for Lugano of the Swiss League. He is back in North America now and is trying to impress the Jets coaching staff enough that they will offer him a contract with the Jets or the AHL squad.
Aebischer has made a lot of nice saves this preseason and is really pressing Chris Mason for the backup job, as was his intended role when the Jets signed him to a tryout contract.
Mark Scheifele has without a doubt been the most productive player for the Jets so far in the preseason and is likely making coach Claude Noel miserable on whether to keep him on the team for the season or send him back to his junior team in Barrie.
Scheifele is already being called a Calder Trophy candidate by some hockey analysts and they are not wrong. He has been one of the most impressive rookies in this preseason and a lot of people are taking notice of the 18-year-old from Kitchener.
Expect Scheifele to be with the team for the duration of the preseason before the coaching staff makes its final decision.