Ville Heinola is well on his way to a full recovery
The Winnipeg Jets received some good news on Thursday, as general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff made the announcement that defender Ville Heinola would be making his way down to the Manitoba Moose.
This assignment doesn't necessarily come as a demotion, but rather an opportunity to condition himself to get ready to return to game action.
Injured back on October 5 in the preseason, Heinola ended up breaking his ankle, and has been out of the Jets' lineup ever since.
Following his 12-week recovery, the soon-to-be 23-year-old Finn will suit up in the American Hockey League, where he will attempt to get his lungs and legs back up speed, not to mention working his ankle back into every day, high-level use.
Currently in his fifth season of professional play, Heinola has yet to suit up in any sort of official game, as he has been on Winnipeg's injured reserve since opening night. Following his conditioning stint, the Jets will need to get creative as a way to find him a place to play moving forward, as the team's current makeup is winning games - lots of games.
Next up for the Jets is a home test against Chicago on Thursday night. The Moose play Laval on Friday.