The Jets assigned Gustafsson (undisclosed) to AHL Manitoba on Thursday.
Gustafsson recently finished the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament, notching four points in seven appearances with Team Sweden. The 2018 second-round pick will likely be back with the big club later this season, but he'll take on a featured role with the Jets' minor-league affilate for now.
Gustafsson sustained a minor injury while with Sweden at the 2020 World Junior Championships, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.
Gustafsson's injury further muddies the waters in terms of where the team wants him to report. Prior to heading to the Czech Republic, the 19-year-old was with Winnipeg in the NHL but may be sent to AHL Manitoba instead. When in the lineup for the Jets, the center averaged a meager 6:09 of ice time in 22 appearances and would log significantly more minutes with the Moose.
Gustafsson will join Team Sweden at the 2020 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic.
Gustafsson has been a healthy scratch for the Jets' last three games and is averaging a mere 6:09 of ice time when included in the lineup. Given his limited usage, it certainly shouldn't come as a shock that the Jets are willing to loan him to the youth national team. If Bryan Little (ear) is cleared to play by the time the tournament is over, Gustafsson could find himself headed to AHL Manitoba.
Gustafsson scored his first NHL goal in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks.
Gustafsson went end-to-end late in the first period to give the Jets a 2-1 lead. Connor Hellebuyck's strong play over the final two frames made sure Gustafsson's first goal would also be his first game-winner. The 19-year-old Swede has seen just 6:03 per game this season, and recently spent three straight games under the five-minute mark. While the milestone goal is nice, it's unlikely the second-round pick from 2018 will be a common name on the scoresheet going forward.
Gustafsson was only on the ice for 4:35 against the Predators on Tuesday.
In 15 appearances this year, Gustafsson has averaged a paltry 6:11 of ice time, which unsurprisingly has seen him fail to pick up a point. The Swede should probably be expected to head down to AHL Manitoba before too long if only to get him some minutes.
Gustafsson is averaging 6:09 of ice time through his first four games of the year.
Given his limited opportunities, it shouldn't come as surprise to see Gustafsson has registered zero shots, one hit and two blocks. The Swede should continue to slot into a bottom-six role for the Jets, at least until Mark Letestu (undisclosed) is cleared to return, though Mason Appleton could challenge for a spot in the lineup.