Reports are out that the Winnipeg Jets have activated defenseman Mark Stuart from off of the injured reserve (IR).
— Left Wing Lock (@Left_Wing_Lock) March 24, 2016
Stuart, 31, had played in 55 games for the Jets this season in which he put up a goal and two assists and amassed 58 penalty minutes before being placed on the injured reserve list due to a hand injury. Stuart broke his right hand while blocking a shot during the first period of a mid-February match up with the Edmonton Oilers (he went on to finish the game before going straight to the injured reserve for an estimated six-week stay).
The 6’2, 216-pound blue liner is in his fifth season with the Jets organization (was originally traded to the Atlanta Thrashers fin their final season and made the move to Winnipeg with the franchise).
Rochester, Minnesota Native has donned the “A” for the Jets since the 2012-13 season as he patrols the Winnipeg blue line.
Originally selected 21st overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2003 NHL Draft. He has seen ice time in 622 NHL games split between the Jets/Thrashers and the Boston Bruins. With 24 NHL career goals and 65 assists to his name he has additionally amassed 687 penalty minutes in the same time.
Stuart has represented team USA on several occasions internationally including the 2011 IIHF World Championship where he donned the Captains “C” for the tournament.