The Winnipeg Jets have actually generated a veteran defenceman to reinforce their injury-plagued and young blue line.

The team revealed Wednesday it has actually declared Luca Sbisa off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks.

The 29-year-old has actually been part of five different NHL groups given that being drafted in 2008 by the Philadelphia Flyers.

He was chosen 19th overall that year but was bumped back to his junior group in the Western Hockey League for a time. Sbisa also played in the American Hockey League and the Swiss league for a few stints in between NHL gigs, prior to finally sticking in the major league for good since the 2013-14 season.

He was part of the inaugural Vegas Golden Knights team in 2017-18 that stopped the Jets' run towards the Stanley Cup. Vegas beat Winnipeg in Game 5 to win the Western Conference final and advance to the championship series.

Winnipeg Jets extreme right Joel Armia fights with Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Luca Sbisa throughout the NHL Western Conference finals in 2018. (John Locher/The Associated Press)

Last year, Sbisa bet the New York Islanders but just dressed for 9 games. He had one assist.

In 504 NHL video games -- which also included time with the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks -- he has 18 goals and 85 helps.

Sbisa also bet Switzerland in the 2010 Olympic Games and in the 2011 and 2012 World Championships, and bet Team Europe under Jets head coach Paul Maurice at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

The Jets protective corps was diminished throughout the off-season with the departures of Jacob Trouba, Tyler Myers and Ben Chiarot. They are likewise handling Dustin Byfuglien's continuing personal leave of lack.

Previously this year they were hit with injuries to Josh Morrissey, and more just recently to Tucker Poolman and Nathan Beaulieu.

Those injuries, integrated with the lack of experience of much of the new defence gamers, have actually resulted in the Jets offering opposing groups a lot of shooting opportunities. The group ranks eighth-worst in the NHL for average shots versus at 33.5.

And when it pertains to goals against, they are 12th worst out of the 31-team league at 3.27 per game.

He was part of the inaugural Vegas Golden Knights group in 2017-18 that stopped the Jets' run towards the Stanley Cup.


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