The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce today that they have agreed to terms with right wing Blake Wheeler on a new contract. As per club policy, terms of the agreement are not disclosed.
Wheeler, 24, appeared in 23 games for the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010-11 and recorded 17 points (7g, 10a) and 14 penalty minutes. Wheeler joined the Thrashers organization in a trade with the Boston Bruins on Feb. 28, 2011, along with defenceman Mark Stuart in exchange for centre Rich Peverley and defenceman Boris Valabik. Prior to the trade last year, Wheeler had 27 points (11g, 16a) and 32 penalty minutes in 58 games with the Bruins.
In his NHL career, the native of Robbinsdale, MN has played in 244 games for Atlanta and Boston recording a total of 127 points (57g, 70a) and 145 penalty minutes. Wheeler was originally drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round, fifth overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
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