Bryan Little hasn’t suited up for the Winnipeg Jets since the first game of the regular season. He appeared in just 2:48 of ice time against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 13, and has been sidelined since with a lower-body injury. The Jets have been oddly quiet about the status of the 28-year-old forward, saying that he would be “out indefinitely” following the incident.
He wasn’t placed on the IR up until today, however. According to various sources, the Jets have put Little on injured reserve. They’ve
They’ve also recalled Marko Dano to take Little’s spot on the roster.
The #NHLJets have placed Bryan Little on IR and recalled Marko Dano from the MB Moose.
— Sara Orlesky (@saraorlesky) October 28, 2016
Little hasn’t had much luck in the injury department over the last 18 months or so. He was only able to play in 57 contests last season, and fans were excited to see him return to action once again in 2016-17.
His comeback was short-lived, however. He was placed on the IR retroactive to October 13 and isn’t expected back until late November.
This is the first time the Jets have recalled Dano this season, and he had notched two assists in six games at the AHL level with the Manitoba Moose. It seems likely that he’ll get into a game or two at least with Winnipeg since Little will miss the next few weeks and Drew Stafford is considered day-to-day at this juncture.
Dano has been a key part of three blockbuster trades despite only having 69 games of NHL experience under his belt. His draft rights were moved to the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the Jeff Carter trade. Then the Blue Jackets flipped him to the Chicago Blackhawks three years later in the Brandon Saad deal.
Most recently, the ‘Hawks traded Dano to the Jets in exchange for Andrew Ladd and two other players as they geared up for a Stanley Cup run last season.
Dano played in 21 games for the Jets in 2015-16, scoring four goals and adding four assists along the way.