Lukas Sutter, 39th overall pick by the Winnipeg Jets, walks on the draft floor during day two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(June 22, 2012 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

Jets let Lukas Sutter re-enter draft

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The Winnipeg Jets took Lukas Sutter with the 39th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but they won’t even give him an entry-level contract. Instead, he will try his luck again in the 2014 draft.

Sutter had 59 points and 165 penalty minutes in 70 WHL games in 2011-12, but he dipped to just 24 points the following season and had 23 points in 45 contests in 2013-14 before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.

He is the son of former NHL forward Rich Sutter, who had 149 goals, 315 points, and 1,411 penalty minutes in 874 career games.

“Development takes on different forms and we have to make some tough calls at different points and times. It certainly was a very difficult decision to move past Lukas,” Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff told the Winnipeg Sun. “Lukas is a fine young hockey player. Unfortunately, he ran into some injuries and things like that and we wish him all the best.”

Video: Flyers, Bolts confirm 3-on-3 OT is pretty much the greatest thing ever


Well, the NHL’s two new initiatives for ’15-16 seem to be going swimmingly.

Not long after Ottawa successfully made the second-ever coach’s challenge, fans got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime.

And what a look it was.

In the span of 137 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers combined for eight shots on goal, a few breakaways, some tremendous saves — including one on a penalty shot — and, finally, Jason Garrison‘s game-winning goal on a breakaway from center, giving the Bolts a 3-2 win.

It was, in a word, fun.

Lots of fun.

A quick sampling of reviews:

Of course, not everybody was a fan:

Now, to temper things a bit — this was the first time we’ve seen 3-on-3 with something on the line, so there was a novelty factor at play. There’s also no guaranteeing future OT sessions will be as exciting as this.

But none of that takes away from the fact 3-on-3 made for appointment viewing, and immense entertainment value. The prospect of future games like this? That’s pretty exciting.

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)


Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…