Bryan Little, Jets agree on six-year, $31.75M extension

Bryan Little had one of his most productive NHL seasons a year ago, and now has a new six-year extension from the Winnipeg Jets.

With a crop of young, talented forwards, mixed with some more veteran players up front, the Winnipeg Jets locked up one of the latter on Thursday for the next six-plus years.

The Jets announced a six-year extension for center Bryan Little worth $31.75 million ($5.291 annually) that will begin in the 2018-19 season; Little was entering the final year of his current contract.

Little recorded 47 points last season, sixth on a Jets roster that featured a lot of point producers. Playing center on a line with Blake Wheeler, Little was one of the more commonly-used Jets forwards, fourth in average time-on-ice at 17:33 per-game.

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With the deal kicking in next season, Little, who turns 30 in November, will be signed in Winnipeg through his age-36 season in 2023-24. In 2013-14, as a 26-year-old, Little produced a 64-point season, a career-high, coinciding with the one time in his career he appeared in all 82 games.

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Since then, his overall production and appearances have dropped; Little has played 70, 57, and 59 games respectively since. Little's 0.80 points-per-game last season was a career high, though a fractured vertebrae forced him to miss about a quarter of the season.

Little was one of seven Jets players to eclipse the 45-point mark a season ago, along with defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, and fellow forwards Mathieu Perreault, Nikolaj Ehlers, Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele. Little finished fourth among that group in points-per-game.