Winnipeg Jets officially part ways with former prospect Anton Johannesson

River Hawk
June 1, 2024  (10:42 PM)

Released Winnipeg Jets prospect Anton Johannesson
Photo credit: Jönköpings-Posten

After passing the must-sign deadline for many former NHL prospects, the Winnipeg Jets are down a 5th-round 2020 pick after their rights to Anton Johanneson expired.

The off-season trading strategy talk has ramped up as the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are underway. We have now reached the official must-sign date for former prospects for entry-level contracts, where the fate of nearly 50 players was decided.
"The unofficial start to the off-season calendar has always been the June 1, Must Sign By date.

Below is this years list of players that must be signed to an ELC by 5pm ET on Saturday, June 1, otherwise the team will lose their exclusive signing rights."

Among those players on the list was one former prospect for the Winnipeg Jets. This is 22-year-old defenseman Anton Johannesson, who was drafted 133rd overall in the fifth round of the 2020 draft.
"Jets select Anton Johannesson 133rd overall in the 2020 NHL Draft"

While this player did not get drafted as late as many other players with exclusivity expiring, fans who have paid close attention to his development believed he would not be of much use to Winnipeg. Johannesson has faced numerous injuries in his stint at home, and at only 5'9", he does not pose much of a threat for defensemen currently in the NHL.
"In a couple of days #NHLJets Anton Johannesson draft rights will expire. Injuries hurt his development somewhat but from what I've seen he's just too tiny to be an effective D even at the AHL level"

Evidently, this Swedish hockey player was unable to do enough to impress Winnipeg in his 28 games this season with the Brynäs IF. Thus, the Jets have not offered Johannesson a contract and will no longer have exclusivity.
"Jets exclusive signing rights to former prospect Anton Johannesson expired today.

Team won't be offering him a contract I've had confirmed."

With many more options on the table for Winnipeg, it is unlikely the Jets will miss Johannesson any time soon. Hopefully for the young defenseman, he can find his stride on the ice elsewhere.
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