Like with Seth Griffith earlier today, the Winnipeg Jets have re-signed a minor league forward. J.C. Lipon has agreed to terms with the Jets on a one-year, two-way contract worth $700K at the NHL level. Lipon was scheduled to become a Group VI unrestricted free agent this summer after failing to get much of an NHL opportunity with the Jets so far in his career.
Lipon, 25, was originally selected in the third round of the 2013 draft after an impressive finish to his junior career. The winger ended up with 112 points and 135 penalty minutes that season for the Kamloops Blazers, mixing physicality and offense to make him a dangerous opponent. That mix continued in the minor leagues the next season when the overage Lipon jumped right into professional hockey, recording 42 points and 136 penalty minutes for the St. John’s IceCaps of the AHL. That kind of versatility has continued throughout his career, but with only nine games in the NHL so far the Jets have obviously not believed it can be sustained at the highest level.
Still, Lipon is an important part of the Manitoba Moose and has worn an “A” as alternate captain for the past three seasons. He’ll be back in the AHL most likely in 2019-20, unless the Jets find themselves struggling to fill the fourth line after their upcoming cap crunch. At the very worst, he’ll provide some depth for the team in case of injury.