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Jets Must Find Patrik Laine's Centre

Jets Must Find Patrik Laine's Centre

October 10th, 2018 You would think it wouldn't be hard to find chemistry with a player like Patrik Laine. Get him the puck in shooting position and just wait to celebrate. It should be easy. As the Pittsburgh Penguins demonstrated for years, however, finding a running mate for a star player isn't about...
Can the Jets Really Win the Stanley Cup?

Can the Jets Really Win the Stanley Cup?

October 9th, 2018 The start of the NHL season brings all the expert predictions out for all to see and debate. One of the most prevalent right now is that the Winnipeg Jets will win the Stanley Cup. The Hockey News has been predicting the Jets will take it all in 2019 for years. They're standing by their...

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September 27th, 2018
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The Winnipeg Jets have a problem that all 30 other NHL teams wished that they had. Through drafting and trading, the Jets have accrued an enviable stockpile of right-handed defenders and while other clubs are paying big money to secure their own RHD, head coach Paul Maurice and the Jets are struggling to figure out what to do with them all. The newest experiment has pending UFA, Tyler Myers, on the left side of the second defensive pairing. The 6-foot-8 behemoth is playing alongside fellow giant, Dustin Byfuglien and on paper, this is fantastic. Myers had a productive year in 2017-18 when he put up 36 points in a full 82-game schedule, coming on the heels of a tragedy and injury-plagued 2016-17 season. Big Buff, on the other hand, continues to be an NHL star, notching 45 points in 69 games during the 2017-18 season, while laying massive hits and playing the sheriff during some of Winnipeg's chippier games. In practice, however, this experiment has not been successful. Myers Is...
September 24th, 2018
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If for some reason you were concerned about the chemistry between Winnipeg Jets' star forwards Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele, don't be. The duo — who comprised two-thirds of the Jets' dynamic top line — have played well over their two preseason games, showing why the top line is the only thing set in stone when it comes to the Jets' opening night lineup. A Prolific Pair Wheeler and Scheifele made mincemeat of their opponents in 2017-18. Their ability to create turnovers, use their speed to generate chances off the rush, and their uncanny ability to know where each other are on the ice at all times explain their offensive output. Last year, Wheeler produced a career-high 91 points and Scheifele operated at a point-per-game clip for the first time in his career. Quite simply, they push each other to new heights. To call them a "dynamic duo" is an accurate cliche. Hockeyreference.com's scoring logs show that, of Scheifele's 23 2017-18 regular-season goals, Wheeler notched...
September 24th, 2018
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  The Winnipeg Jets have always been a bit of an odd bunch in the aesthetics department. Their World Hockey Association days saw them change their uniforms nearly every single year. Once they reached the National Hockey League, they wore a stolen jersey template for an entire decade. The return of the Jets to Winnipeg in 2011 saw 15 years of pent-up ideas crammed into one design. And, despite a glorious back catalogue to draw from, the third sweater introduced for 2018-19 contains no imagination or appeal whatsoever. Related: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Jets’ Jerseys However, the centrepiece of Winnipeg’s ensemble, their logo, has almost always been a triumph, providing us with some of the most beloved imagery in NHL history. The Jets Wordmark The Jets made their WHA debut in the league’s inaugural season of 1972-73, taking their name from the Winnipeg Jets of the Western Canadian Hockey League (now the Western Hockey League). The “Jets” name...
September 19th, 2018
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With the offseason departure of Paul Stastny, the battle to play second-line centre will take centre stage in the Jets' preseason action and likely well into the regular season. Losing a solid option in Stastny, and the great chemistry he had with Patrik Laine and Nik Ehlers, leaves a hole but the Winnipeg Jets have the pieces to fix it. Veteran Little Still a Great Choice Conventional wisdom says the 'tie goes to the veteran' and for the Jets, centre Bryan Little should be it. He's already been pegged by head coach Paul Maurice to slot in as the second-line centre and said he's looking forward to the challenge, as well as the reward that comes with lining up between Ehlers and Laine. The 30-year-old has centered the second line in the past, as well as playing top line minutes with fellow Atlanta holdovers Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler while remaining remarkably consistent. He has only put up fewer than 40 points once since coming to Winnipeg—32 points in a lockout-shortened...