August 2nd, 2017Josh Morrissey can't take any sort of step back this year. The Winnipeg Jets can't afford it.Morrissey is coming off a quietly successful rookie season with the Jets. He wasn't a serious Calder Trophy contender at any point, but he was a surprisingly stabilizing force on the back end.Morrissey put up small but encouraging point totals on little to no power play time with strong underlying numbers while giving the Jets another potent...
July 31st, 2017It is a rare occurrence when Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets have an active offseason. In 2012, it was viewed as a busy summer signing forwards Olli Jokinen and Alexei Ponikarovsky. This July, the Jets inked a pair of players that already have a secured spot on the opening night roster and hopefully this duo fares better than the last one.
Shoring up the goaltending position was priority number one for Jets management and they did so...
Fate was certainly with the Winnipeg Jets on April 30, 2016. That was the day the balls fell in their favor and gave them the opportunity to draft second overall.With that pick, they chose Finland's second favorite hockey player, Patrik Laine (sorry, but he won't upend Teemu Selanne anytime soon). The team and the fans have enjoyed the rewards ever since.Laine has never been one to shy away from the spotlight, and that's good because the highlights follow him both on and off the ice. When Laine told the Toronto Maple Leafs they should draft him first overall because he's a better...July 18th, 2017
When you have one of the deepest prospect pools in the NHL, it's no easy task narrowing that pool down to the four best.That, however, is the Winnipeg Jets' perfect problem. There are any number of talented prospects who could appear on this list. I'd venture to say you could leave the Jets' best prospect off this list (I nearly did, and I'll explain why in a moment) and still have a list to make other teams jealous.As it stands, there was a clear-cut duo at the top, but beyond the first two places, the waters grew murkier. It's a testament to Winnipeg's depth that there were many...July 11th, 2017
Connor McDavid recently became the highest paid player in the NHL with his $12.5 million cap hit for eight years, and $100 million contract. McDavid’s extension gives Winnipeg Jets fans the chance to speculate on their own wonder kid, Patrik Laine and what sort of contract he will be signing in one year's time when he is eligible for negotiation.Patrik Laine's first season in the NHL was a good one. He scored 36 goals and bagged 28 assists in 73 games to assert himself as the League's best sniper; with great play comes a great contract. If Laine can continue this trajectory and...July 11th, 2017
With free agency now behind them, the Winnipeg Jets should turn their attention to one of their best in-house players: Jacob Trouba.Trouba represents the second head of Winnipeg's two-headed monster from their first cluster of promising prospects. Both were taken at key positions in order to solidify the Jets there for years to come.The first head, Mark Scheifele, signed a massive extension last offseason that ensured his position with the team at center for the next eight years. He's done nothing but vindicate the Jets since they went off the board to take him seventh overall in...July 9th, 2017
Look, we all know that the Winnipeg Jets are going to be good soon. They have a deep prospect pool, an elite centerman, a world-class winger and a solid blue line. But the Jets had a disappointing 2016-17 season, missing the playoffs by seven points. With a young team a year older, boosted with a few additional players, could we possibly be seeing the Sea of White return in 2018? Let's investigate.
Mason the Man in Net
The Winnipeg Jets elected to replace the inconsistencies of Michael Hutchinson and Connor Hellebuyck with free-agent signing Steve Mason. Hellebuyck struggled last season to...July 8th, 2017
The Winnipeg Jets, in past years, have at most dipped a toe in the muddy waters of free agency. This year they hiked up their bathing suits, held their breath and dove in.Never before have the Jets handed out so much money to free agents as they did on this July 1. The contracts given to Dmitry Kulikov and Steve Mason represent the biggest chunk of change ever to leave the organization's bank account on Canada Day.https://twitter.com/TimNHL/status/881193835958685696While Kulikov and Mason are hardly the final pieces of the puzzle, they are an improvement on the depth chart over...July 3rd, 2017