Westin Michaud to sign AHL deal with Winnipeg Jets organization

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UND forward and former Colorado College Tiger Westin Michaud tries to sneak the puck past goalie Matt Vernon (30) Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Last summer, Westin Michaud went to development camp with the Winnipeg Jets.

As it turns out, he'll be headed back.

Michaud will sign a one-year American Hockey League deal with the Manitoba Moose -- the top minor-league affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets -- the Herald has learned from a source.

Michaud's deal will start next season.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound winger from Cloquet, Minn., graduate transferred from Colorado College to UND for his senior season and ended up becoming a key part of a 26-5-4 Fighting Hawks team that won the Penrose Cup as National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular-season champions.


Michaud tied for the team lead in goals with 16 and tallied a career-high 28 points in 35 games. In conference games only, Michaud finished second in the NCHC in goals with 12, only behind Minnesota Duluth forward Cole Koepke (14).

Michaud proved to be a versatile player for UND.

He started the season at center, but moved to left wing on a line with NCHC rookie of the year Shane Pinto. Michaud was on UND's top power-play unit, playing along the goal line, on a unit that also featured Pinto, Hobey Baker Award finalist Jordan Kawaguchi, Matt Kiersted and Jasper Weatherby. Michaud also killed penalties for the Fighting Hawks.

Michaud will be the third member of UND's seven-person senior class to sign a pro deal.

Previously, defenseman Colton Poolman signed with the Calgary Flames and forward Cole Smith signed with the Nashville Predators.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at
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