Although the temperatures in Winnipeg have dropped as winter settles in, the Manitoba Moose remain hot.
The Jets’ top AHL affiliate is 17-5-1-1 and sits atop the Central Division. They’re coming off two dominant wins versus Cleveland and have outscored their opponents 25-3 over their past five games.
The Moose’s red-hot ways are due, in no small part, to the scorching play of second-year player Jack Roslovic. With 13 goals and 15 assists through just 24 games, Roslovic leads the Moose and is second in league scoring. He’s already tied his goal output from his rookie season.
“I think the difference between that first year and second year has been a wonder for me…” Roslovic said Friday on TSN 1290’s Afternoon Ride, saying he’s settled in more easily during his second tour of duty.
With more experience comes more responsibility. Roslovic was primarily a center last year, but has been used as a winger by head coach Pascal Vincent at times this year.
“I wasn’t really that familiar with wing at the pro level,” Roslovic admitted, although he acknowledged he had some experience in the past.
“It’s been fun, it’s been a good new challenge for me in my career,” Roslovic said.
Roslovic’s not taking all the credit for Manitoba’s success. He says the organization’s additions of Mike Sgarbossa and Buddy Robinson have provided a needed veteran presence.
“They’ve been great,” Roslovic said. “They’re both really good guys. I think they’re one of the big factors… in the gel factor.”
The Moose will seek their 10th straight win on Saturday when they host Milwaukee at Bell MTS Place.