The Winnipeg Jets acquired forwards Alex Iafallo, Rasmus Kupari, and Gabriel Vilardi as well as a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Pierre-Luc Dubois. The Jets had signed Dubois to an eight-year contract extension worth $68 million dollars before the trade. Iafallo played 59 games for the Kings in 2022-23 and recorded 36 points (14G, 22A) and 20 penalty minutes, before adding four points in six playoff games. The Eden, New York native has played 420 career NHL games for Los Angeles and posted 204 points. Kupari played 66 games for the Kings in 2022-23 and recorded 15 points, while also playing in all six playoff games. The 23-year-old product of Kotka, Finland also played in 11 games for the AHL’s Ontario Reign last season. He won gold with Finland at the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship. Vilardi played 63 games for the Kings in 2022-23 and recorded 41 points (23G, 18A) and 18 PIMs, adding four points in five playoff games. The 23-year-old native of Kingston, Ont. who was the Kings first-round pick (11th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, has played 152 career NHL games for L.A. and posted 78 points. He was on the Windsor Spitfires team with Jets defenceman Logan Stanley that won the 2017 Memorial Cup.
The 2023 NHL Draft takes place tonight in Nashville. The Chicago Blackhawks have the overall number one pick and are expected to selected Regina Pats captain Connor Bedard. Zach Benson, who scored 36 goals and had 98 points with the Winnipeg Ice this past season, and Brandon Wheat Kings forward Nate Danielson are projected to go in the first round. Wheat Kings netminder Connor Bjarnason was ranked number one by NHL Central Scouting among all North American goaltenders. The Winnipeg Jets have the 18th pick in the opening round.
The Carillon Sultans will be looking for their 10th win of the season tonight when the face the Braves in Springfield. The Winnipeg Senior Baseball League leading West Winnipeg A's have a 10-1 record. The Sultans are 9-3.
For the first time since July 7th-8th of last year the Winnipeg Goldeyes have pitched back-to-back shutouts as they defeated the Lincoln Saltdogs 4-0 Tuesday at Haymarket Park. Luis Ramirez, Cam Opp and Tyler Jandron combined on a four-hitter as the Fish extended their winning streak to a season high four games. Goldeyes designated hitter Max Murphy homered for the third straight game.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed quarterback Dakota Prukop to a one-year contract. Prukop returns to the Bombers after dressing for four games this season with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League. In those four games, Prukop completed 31 of 50 pass attempts for 312 yards and three touchdowns while adding 97 yards on the ground and one rushing touchdown. Prukop held the highest passer rating on the team with 91.4. Last season with the Bombers, Prukop had six rushing touchdowns, two passing touchdowns, 181 passing yards and 209 rushing yards. In the 2022 playoffs, Prukop rushed for a touchdown in the West Final and scored two touchdowns in the 109th Grey Cup loss to the Toronto Argonauts. With the addition of Prukop to the roster, the Blue Bombers released American quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome.
The Carillon Sultans are enjoying some time off. Carillon coach Rick Penner will join Clayton Dreger on the Sultans Report which airs Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. on AM 1250 Radio.