Appleton was one of six Black Aces promotions from AHL Manitoba on Wednesday, along with forwards Kristian Vesalainen, Marko Dano and Logan Shaw and blueliners Cameron Schilling and Logan Stanley. Appleton appeared in 36 games for the Jets this season, in which he recorded three goals, seven helpers and 29 shots while averaging 8:12 of ice time. In the minors, the Green Bay, Wisconsin native notched 32 points in 40 games, putting together another strong campaign. The 23-year-old should have a good chance at securing a spot on the 23-man roster coming out of camp in the fall.
Appleton was shipped down to AHL Manitoba on Monday. Appleton's demotion comes as the team picks up Matt Hendricks at the trade deadline. The 22-year-old Appleton would have spent more time watching from the press box than playing had he remained in Winnipeg, so the move will allow him to continue to develop in the minors.
Appleton notched a helper in Tuesday's 4-3 victory over New York. Appleton appears to have adjusted to the pace of the NHL game, as he has five points in his last seven games, despite averaging a mere 9:36 of ice time. Once Nikolaj Ehlers (upper body) is cleared to return, the Jets will face a difficult choice of who to send back to the minors and could decide to place Nicolas Petan on waivers rather than demote Appleton or fellow breakout wingers Brendan Lemieux and Jack Roslovic.
Appleton picked up two assists in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Ducks. It's Appleton's first multi-point game in the NHL. He's a depth player for the Jets, which minimizes any fantasy value.
Appleton picked up an assist in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Stars. The rookie hasn't had much of a chance to flash his offensive skills while skating on the fourth line, but Appleton has still managed a goal and three points in his last seven games. The 23-year-old posted strong numbers in college and the AHL, but he'll need a more prominent role if he's going to do the same for Winnipeg.
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