While Winnipeg’s season came to an end on Thursday, a pair of players that were up with the Jets will see their campaign continue a little while longer. The team announced (Twitter link) that goaltenders Oskari Salminen and Arvid Holm were returned to Manitoba of the AHL.
Salminen is in the first year of an entry-level deal signed last May. The 23-year-old was recalled to Winnipeg at the beginning of the playoffs but didn’t see any game action while up with the big club. Salminen had a decent first season in North America, posting a 3.06 GAA along with a .896 SV% in 39 games, leading the Moose in appearances by a goaltender.
As for Holm, the pending RFA served as the backup for the Jets at the end of their series against Vegas after being brought up last weekend. The 24-year-old was the better of the two netminders in the minors this season, posting a 2.67 GAA and a .911 SV% in 35 appearances, a strong improvement from his rookie campaign in 2021-22.
The assignments are a welcome one for Manitoba with their best-of-five second-round series getting underway yesterday. Having their regular goalie tandem intact instead of emergency options can only help their chances of advancing this postseason.