Spotlight on the Opponent: Andrew Ladd

What: Winnipeg at Detroit
When: Tuesday, November 12, 7:30pm (TV: FSD, TSN)

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The Winnipeg Jets, for all their youth and their struggles to stay afloat in the NHL Central Division, actually have a two-time Stanley Cup winner on their roster.

He’s Andrew Ladd, and the Red Wings thought they were rid of this guy, who was part of the Chicago Blackhawks teams who wrested Western Conference supremacy from the Wings starting in 2010.

But Ladd, at age 27, is in his prime and is second in scoring on the Jets roster, behind Bryan Little.

And he has those two Cups.

The first came in 2006, when Ladd toiled for the surprising Carolina Hurricanes. The second was in 2010, with Chicago.

Ladd was drafted 4th overall in 2004 by Carolina, and after some injury issues in 2007, he was dealt to the Blackhawks at the trading deadline in February 2008. In 2010, Ladd was traded by Chicago to Atlanta, with his contract set to expire after the 2010-11 season. Ladd then inked a 5-year, $22 million deal with Winnipeg (Atlanta moved to Winnipeg after the 2010-11 season) in July 2011, after timing his “contract year” wonderfully, scoring a carer-high 29 goals.

The left-winger kind of flies under the radar, but the truth is that Ladd is kind of a sniper, having already scored 143 goals in the NHL. He’s generally considered one of the toughest forwards to play against in the league.

Ladd scored the shootout winner for the Jets Sunday night in a home win over San Jose, after having scored the game-tying goal with 1:43 left in regulation.

In a 4-2 win over the Red Wings in Winnipeg on November 4, Ladd had a goal and an assist as he continues to be a thorn in the Wings’ side.

Jets coach Claude Noel says “Andrew does a lot of things for us. He’s our captain and leads our team.”

Ladd wears no. 16 for the Jets.

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