Once done in Winnipeg, a few of the Winnipeg Jets will go to the playoffs in the American Hockey League.

The St. John's Ice Caps, the team's minor league affiliate, clinched a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs.

That means most players on two-way contracts will head to Newfoundland once the Jets finish the season on Friday.

Among those going is goalie Michael Hutchinson. He just made his NHL debut but the 24-year-old can't wait for playoffs.

"It's always in the back of your mind,” he said. “The playoffs in St. John's and it's bit of a motivating factor during practice to kind of push yourself that extra bit so that you can stay sharp and be ready.

“Hopefully, we'll have a long run there. We have good team down in St. John's, so I'm looking forward to getting back there."