Jets place Clitsome on IR, recall Melchiori

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The Winnipeg Jets made some defensive adjustments on Thursday, placing Grant Clitsome on the IR while recalling Julian Melchiori from the AHL.

Clitsome, 28, was placed on the injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 17.

While his point production has been respectable enough (12 in 32 games), Clitsome’s recent increased value can be seen clearest in his ice time, as he’s jumped from 18:50 in 2012-13 to 19:47 minutes per game this season. That workload is second only to his sophomore season when he was with Columbus; he averaged 21:16 per contest with the Blue Jackets in 2010-11.

Melchiori, 22, hasn’t played in the NHL yet in his career. The Jets (then the Atlanta Thrashers) selected Melchiori in the third round (87th overall) in 2010. He generated five assists in 18 AHL games with the St. John’s IceCaps so far this season.