Avalanche 3rd Line Center: Who Will it Be?

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Jesse Winchester

Sep 22, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Nate Thompson (44) and Colorado Avalanche center Jesse Winchester (18) face off during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Last year’s team: Colorado Avalanche
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 205 pounds
Age: 29

Stats (from 2103-14 season with Florida Panthers:

GP G A P PIM +/-
52 9 9 18 38 48.5

Jesse Winchester suffered a concussion in a preseason game, and he stayed on injured reserve for the whole of last season. In fact, he’s still listed as being on injured reserve.

That’s really a pity. Jesse Winchester is a pretty solid player. He’s a hard worker who has decent two-way skills. He’s great on the penalty kill.

Winchester is pretty responsible with the puck, and he doesn’t mind shooting at the net. He’s not a real physical player, though — who can blame him with his concussion issues?

If Winchester is healthy enough to play next season, he’s almost certain to be the fourth line forward.

Jesse Winchester in action: