Another depth signing has come in tonight, this one with Jansen Harkins and the Winnipeg Jets. Per CapFriendly, Harkins has re-signed with the Jets on a two-year deal carrying an $850K AAV.
Harkins, 25, has been with the Jets organization since being drafted by the team in the second round of the 2015 draft. Harkins was a star in the WHL for the Prince George Cougars, scoring at least 20 goals in three straight seasons and over 70 points twice.
As a professional, Harkins has taken a long road to the NHL. Harkins spent parts of four seasons in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose and even spent a few games with the Jacksonville IceMen of the ECHL.
At the NHL level, Harkins has been a useful, if a bit unimpressive depth player for the Jets. He has 22 points in 132 career games and had seven goals and 13 points in 77 games this past year, his first as an NHL regular. Harkins played in an extremely limited role, getting under 10 minutes of ice time per game.
Such little ice time and zero special teams use isn’t ideal for a bottom-sixer, but Harkins provided energy to the Jets’ lineup, which is something they valued enough to keep him on their NHL roster.
At an $850k salary, getting Harkins back to fill out the Jets’ depth isn’t a bad piece of work for GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.