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In Winnipeg’s first 17 games of the year playing 10-6-1, at least one player was always involved on the injured list, not available in the COVID-19 log or otherwise, like Dylan DeMelo missed the first four competitions to be with his wife after having their child (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press Files)

Someone finds a piece of wood to knock because for the first time in the year, Winnipeg Jets trainer Paul Maurice had a healthy squad available on Sunday evening

This includes the 22-year-old Pierre-Luc Dubois, who returned to the line-up after four missed games with a lower body injury

“I’ve never been more ready to leave no matter what minutes, what role and in the next few games I’ll be ready for that,” Dubois said before the puck drop against the Vancouver Canucks to complete a road trip at four Play

The natural center was moved to the left to play with center Mark Scheifele and captain Blake Wheeler on the top line that meant a second line from Paul Stastny between Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor, a third line where Adam Lowry and Andrew Copp along with Mason Appleton were reunited, and a fourth line with the trio of “Dirty Thirties” of veterans Nathan Thompson, Trevor Lewis and Mathieu Perreault

Jansen Harkins came out to make room for Dubois while Kristian Vesalainen was struck off the 23-man roster and sent to the taxi team

“We don’t really have a group of all of them available. The superstition within me doesn’t want me to talk about it, but it has also allowed us to get some people back into comfortable positions Kyle and (Ehlers) play a lot like each other and I think Paul is really good at the middle and I’ve always liked Copp and Lowry, but I also like Lowry and Appleton so I’m excited to see what they can do, “said Maurice

“I’m excited I haven’t got Pierre-Luc as a winger for a career. He’s a centrist and we’re going to get him into it at some point”

In Winnipeg’s first 17 games of the year, going 10-6-1, at least one player was always on the injured list, in the COVID-19 log or otherwise unavailable, like Dylan DeMelo, the the first four games missed competitions to be with his wife after giving birth to their child

“It’s exciting, I think it’s a rarity this year It’ll be nice to see what we do Hopefully we can keep the same line-up for a long time and get a good read on how we gel and how we’re playing We’re obviously on stage now where we have a lot of good players and there are a lot of good guys who don’t play so everyone has to be interchangeable, “said DeMelo

“But I’m not going to have any expectations for Duby – he’s been gone a while – but we love the type of player he is and we think he fits our group really well and we like where our game is”It’s just now. So yeah, it’s definitely exciting to have everyone there”

Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice now has a full roster for Sunday night’s game against the Canucks (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press-Files)

Patrik Laine only played the season opener before he was injured and eventually moved to Columbus with Jack Roslovic when Dubois was no longer quarantined and ready, defender Tucker Poolman was isolated after testing positive and then Dubois became after two Games held pointless, injured quickly The Jets have also looked at injuries to Thompson and Harkins

Roslovic has scored four goals and added six assists in his first 12 games with the Blue Jackets. Laine has four goals, three assists and a high profile bank in his nine games with Columbus

“It definitely feels good to be back. It’s been a tough couple of weeks getting back in shape and then getting injured and trying to get back in shape. It was a muscle injury, something which isn’t too devastating, but you also want to be ready to play, and now that I’ve practiced and trained and had some team skates here, I’m ready to go again, “he told Dubois

He played the first 241 games of his NHL career without ever getting injured, which only added to the frustration given the unusual circumstances for the start of this year

“I’ve been in pain before or been sick, but I just don’t like to miss out on time. So this injury, when it was the game right after, I was ready to go mentally. I didn’t want to miss any time, me had already missed too much time out of quarantine and all that in my opinion. But it was just one of those decisions where you don’t want to play two games and then drop out for another 10, “said Dubois

“It was tough As I said, I’m someone who wants to play out there Sometimes it wasn’t easy to feel like I’m almost there and then not able to play. But now I’ve never been in my whole life so ready to play a hockey game “

Maurice said one possible option would be to have Dubois and Stastny swap places at some point, and Copp is also in the mix to get back into the top 6 where he excelled earlier this season

“You will notice the last shift of the game (on Friday) as I walked to two lines Stastny played the left wing with Scheifele and Wheeler. I got a big shot block in the last game and you sit there and say, “OK, there is something”And left-handers, especially for Mark on his weak side in the offensive zone, so there are a number of things I like about that too,” said Maurice

“But when everyone is back you want to see it now let’s see it”

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