Last season, right wing prospect JC Lipon got his first taste of NHL action with the Winnipeg Jets.
Now, he’s coming back on board with the club for another year.
James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reported on Monday morning that Lipon, who played in his first nine NHL games last season, has inked a one year extension with the Jets for the 2016-17 season. Per Mirtle, the deal is two way in nature, and will pay out $650,000 at the NHL level.
Once this deal is up, the forward will once again be a restricted free agent.
Drafted 91st overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 2013 as a late draftee, Lipon first went pro with the Central Division club the year after he was selected, playing for the St. John’s Ice Caps of the AHL. He’s remained exclusively in the minors up until last season, when he was given the brief call-up with Winnipeg.
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, the 23-year-old forward is no stranger to racking up penalty minutes, although he managed to hit a career low in PIM last year (with just 87 in his 45 AHL games) and put up a career high in goals, with 13. Add in that he was able to rack up 30 goals playing in a partial AHL season, and it seems that he’ll continue to be a good depth option for Winnipeg, whether at the NHL or AHL level next year.
With this deal signed, the Jets have just one contract left needing to be signed before the start of the upcoming season, as RFA defenseman Jacob Trouba remains without a new deal for next year.