The Winnipeg Jets have struggled to win games heading into the second half of the 2015-16 season – and they now may have to try and win a few games without forward Drew Stafford.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced on Sunday morning that Stafford will be summoned tomorrow afternoon for a disciplinary hearing related to his cross-check of Colorado Avalanche skater Nick Holden. The incident, which occurred during Winnipeg’s 4-2 victory over Colorado on Saturday, could result in a suspension for one of Winnipeg’s current top scorers.
Drafted 13th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Stafford was dealt to the Jets in winter 2015 as a part of the blockbuster deal that sent Evander Kane to the Buffalo Sabres. Since arriving in Winnipeg, Stafford has recorded 25 goals and 47 points, including two of the Central Division club’s four goals and an assist in their Saturday night victory.
Although the game was a penalty-filled affair for both Winnipeg and Colorado, Stafford was not penalized for any illegal plays during the game. Rather, Holden was given a two minute minor for hooking against the player who now faces the league. This could factor into whether the league delivers supplemental discipline on the hit or not, as no time has yet been served for the offense in question.
With or without Stafford, the Jets will next play on Thursday, February 11th against the Boston Bruins.