4-14-14: The Jets closed out the season with wins over Boston and Calgary, halting an ugly slide. After resurgence under new head coach Paul Maurice, who is still looking for a contract for next season, the team posted just four regulation wins in its final 20 games. That’s not going to cut if for the Winnipeg faithful. The Jets, like many teams, need to consider a complete overhaul and re-build as well.
4-7-14: The Jets played the role of spoiler quite well this past week, beating the Coyotes and Leafs on the road. Jets forward Evander Kane was a healthy scratch for the game against Toronto, which makes one wonder if his time in Winnipeg has come to an end. He would certainly draw a ton of buzz on the trade market this summer, and would automatically help almost every team in the NHL. Winnipeg would surely want a lot for him, but teams like Pittsburgh and Los Angeles could benefit from his services.
3-31-14: Winnipeg’s playoff hopes have officially faded as the Jets are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games played. The Jets brass needs to think about changing the complexion of the team in the offseason. They would benefit from trading Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane and exploring the possibility of getting a bonafide number one goalie. They did better than most people thought in their first season in the West, but expectations in a Canadian city are always high.
3-25-14: A 3-2 home loss to the Hurricanes spells the end to any playoff hopes the Jets may have had. The one bright side is Dustin Byfuglien has six goals in 10 games this month. Just like the Hurricanes, the Jets need a facelift. It starts with Byfuglien, Kane, and possibly Ladd. The Jets are basically just the Atlanta Thrashers north and have no real identity. The young talent is there in Winnipeg and now they need to build around those key pieces.
3-17-14: Prior to their 7-2 win over the Stars this past Sunday, the Jets had lost six straight games and fallen out of the playoffs in the West. With upcoming games against St. Louis and Colorado, things aren't going to get any easier. The injury to Mark Scheifele has crippled the Jets down the middle. The Winnipeg faithful have been waiting years to see playoff hockey again and they may need to wait even longer.
3-10-14: The Jets have come back down to earth after their resurgence under head coach Paul Maurice. With three straight losses this past week, their playoff hopes appear to be fading. The injury to forward Mark Scheifele is devastating. He’s out 6-8 weeks with a knee injury and losing him long term severely hampers their playoff aspirations. They’re five points out and need to leap over three teams to have a shot at the postseason.
3-3-14: The Olympic break did nothing to slow down the red-hot Jets. Winnipeg went 2-0 this week and is 11-3-1 under new coach Paul Maurice. The playoffs are within reach, which wouldn’t have been the case two months ago. I can’t see the Jets making too many moves at the deadline given how close they’re to the playoffs. With that being said, defenseman Dustin Byfuglien could be moved for the right price. The same goes with Evander Kane.
2-10-14: Paul Maurice has given the Jets new life since taking over as coach. Winnipeg is 9-3-1 under Maurice, but dropped their final two games before the layoff. The Jets are only two points out of a playoff spot and what looked like a lost season three weeks ago is now exciting again. The Jets have never been active at the trade deadline but I would expect them to tinker their roster a bit. They could use another scoring winger and sure up the blueline.
2-3-14: The Jets continue to win under new head coach Paul Maurice. The team's record since the coaching change is now 8-2-0 and suddenly the Jets sit only four points back of a playoff spot. What an incredible turnaround that has been. Maurice has injected enthusiasm into a young squad that just maybe coming together at the right time. The Olympic break may hurt them some bit, but Winnipeg is now officially in the playoff race.
1-27-14: Since Paul Maurice replaced Claude Noel as head coach, the Jets are 6-1-0 and have outscored their opponents 23-13 over that time. Winnipeg’s hot streak has done nothing for their playoff hopes as they are still ways away from a playoff spot and will be probably be a seller at the trade deadline. Ondrej Pavelec has been in net for six of Maurice's games as head coach, allowing 12 goals over that time. He had allowed 13 goals in his previous three starts before Maurice's arrival.
1-20-14: Winnipeg has won all three games it has played under new head coach Paul Maurice. Two of those wins came over the halpless Flames and Oilers. The Jets are 10 points out of the final wild-card spot in the West. Most likely the will not be making a playoff appearance. However, with a strong month or so the Jets might be able to position themselves within reach of a postseason berth James Wright, with just two assists through 49 games, has played more contests than any other forward in the NHL this season without scoring a goal.
1-13-14: The Jets haven’t won a game in 2014 losing all five games they've played in January. The skid finally cost Claude Noel his job on Sunday, who was replaced by Paul Maurice.
It would take a historic run coupled with an equally historic collapse by a team ahead of Winnipeg to make the playoffs. Paul Maurice will have to work some magic to turn this team around. Since 2008-09, Ondrej Pavelec has the worst save percentage (.906) of any goaltender to play at least 250 games.
1-7-14: Winnipeg has dropped three straight games after winning three in a row immediately prior. All three losses came on the road and the Jets have one regulation win in their last 10 road games. The Jets are six points out of the playoffs and can't afford to alternate three wins and three losses. Ondrej Pavelec, the goalie enshrined as Winnipeg's starter and possessor of a long-term contract, is 11-21 on the season with a .901 save percentage. Al Montoya, the backup on a dirt-cheap one-year deal, is 8-5 with a .921 save percentage.
12-30-13: The Jets are doing their best to hang around in the tough West. The Jets have won two straight and three of their last five. The Jets' 2-1 overtime win against this past Sunday pulled them to within six points of a wild-card spot in the West. It's a long shot for the Jets to make the playoffs, but they're hanging around. Backup goalie Al Montoya, who has been in net for the Jets' past two wins, is making the most of his playing time. He is 7-2-1 with a 2.15 GAA and .927 save percentage this season.
12-23-13: The Jets keep playing games where they get points then follow up with games where they don't. This trend allows them from falling far but doesn't allow them to go anywhere good either. The lack of upward mobility is a big problem for Winnipeg, a team currently eight points out of a playoff spot. Backup goalie Al Montoya has played well. He has a 5-2-1 record and .920 save percentage has been solid pretty much when called upon.
12-16-13: It was an extremely tough week for the Jets facing the Blues, Stars and Avalanche at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. Well, the team failed miserably going 0-2-1. Not much of shock given the competition. You think the Jets missing being in the Eastern Conference? Their 33 points are good for last in the Central Division, but they would have been right in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference this season.
12-9-13: Winnipeg closed out a six-game road trip last week, winning two of its final three games to move to 4-2-0 on the Eastern Conference trip. That run moved the team's road record up to .500 at 7-7-1 and moved them to within seven points of the final playoff spot in the West. Dustin Byfuglien sits near the bottom of the Jets in on-ice shooting percentage (6.2 percent). The Jets will have a tough time making the playoffs in the West.
12-2-13: The Jets started off a six-game road trip well, taking two out of three contests. Michael Frolik, once a highly touted prospect for Florida, has spent the last few seasons as a role player on an excellent Blackhawks team. Frolik has emerged in Winnipeg as he has 15 points in 28 games so far this season. His numbers puts him ahead of many more skilled players such as Evander Kane, Devin Setoguchi and Olli Jokinen.
11-25-13: Winnipeg’s struggles continued this past week as the Jets lost all three games they played. Calgary and Minnesota defeated them in the shootout, while the Blackhawks beat them in regulation. Bryan Little leads the team in points with 23. His 12 goals are six more than any other Winnipeg player. The Jets power play is ranked 27th in the league clicking at a terrible 12.8 percent. The Jets embark on a six-game Eastern Conference road trip this upcoming week.
11-18-13: The Jets won two out of three games they played last week, thanks in large part to their outstanding shootout record. Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 41 of 43 shots against the Red Wings. The Jets also beat the Flyers 3-2 in the shootout. With their two shootout wins, the Jets improved to 6-0 on the year in the shootout. A loss to Minnesota snapped their four-game losing streak. Overall though, the Jets are playing better than they did early this season.
It was a good week for the Jets as they won three out of four games this week. Somehow they beat Detroit, San Jose and Nashville in Winnipeg. The much maligned Dustin Byfuglien does lead all NHL defenseman in shots taken with 64. He has zero goals but does have 11 assists. If Winnipeg doesn’t make the playoffs, which will be hard in the Western Conference, I think it’s time for Claude Noel to worry about his job.
11-5-13: It’s not a surprise that the Jets went 0-2 this week against the Blues and Canucks. How Ondrej Pavelec is still the Jets goalie is baffling? Pavelec’s save percentage over the last five seasons is the following: .906, .914, .906, .905 and now has a .902 number. The Jets have only one win in their last seven games. The Jets have only made the playoffs once is their franchise history dating back to when they were the Atlanta Thrashers.
10-29-13: So much for rookie Mark Scheifele holding down the number two center position for the Jets. Winnipeg currently sits 29th in the NHL in faceoff percentage. All of their forwards, besides Jim Slater, are clicking at fewer than 50% from the faceoff dot. The aforementioned Scheifele is clicking at only 39.2% from the dot. One bright spot for the Jets is their penalty kill is clicking at 83.0%, good for 11th overall in the league.
10-21-13: The Jets have only one regulation win in their last seven games. That’s flat out unacceptable especially in Winnipeg. Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler had huge seasons last year and this year they both have been non-existent. They each have four points in nine games played. The loss of Jacob Trouba to a neck injury is significant. It’s not as bad as it looked but nonetheless it’s going to hurt Winnipeg. Claude Noel’s job could be in jeopardy if they don’t turn it around quickly.
10-14-13: With a 3-0 victory over the Devils, Winnipeg ended a three game losing streak and got back to the .500 mark. The Jets struggle to generate any shots or offense on net. They don’t have the league’s most dynamic offense and lack the firepower up front. There are some nice pieces such as Evander Kane, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little but besides that, the Jets are struggling. Winnipeg would benefit from having a top tier goaltender.
10-7-13: The Jets should have beat Anaheim in Teemu Selanne’s final visit to his first NHL city. Rookies Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba have made great first impressions. Trouba is the Jets leading ice time getter among all defenseman thus far. The question mark this team has is where will their secondary scoring will come from?
9-4-13: The atmosphere and anticipation in Winnipeg more than met expectations, but the eager Jets fans have upgraded their sophisticated (or high brow) hockey palates to expectations of the playoffs. GM, Kevin Cheveldayoff, assuredly inked his core (Andrew Ladd, Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, Tobias Enstrom, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little) to contract extensions at least until the 2015-16 season. Cheveldayoff also reached out and plucked Devin Setoguchi and Michael Frolik from the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks, and added Adam Pardy to a defensive squad lead by “Big Buff,” Dustin Byfuglien.
The Jets move in to the Western Conference and travel relief that accompanies may be the only silver lining in their 2013-14 NHL Season. The Western Conference is an uphill battle and the Winnipeg Jets will have take advantage of teams like the Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers. It may even come down to the final game of the season, against the Calgary Flames, where a team projected to be better, will just have to be that- better.
8-3-13: The Jets have agreed to signed defenseman Zach Bogosian to a new seven-year deal worth $36M The 23-year-old will make $5.143M annually.
7-22-13: The Jets have signed Zach Redmond to a one-year, two-way contract.
Jets 2013 NHL Draft Summary:
Pick #13: Joshua Morrissey, D
Pick #43: Nicolas Petan, C
Pick #59: Eric Comrie, G
Pick #84: James Lodge, C
Pick #91: J.C. Lipon, RW
Pick #104: Andrew Copp, C
Pick #114: Jan Kostalek, D
Pick #127: Tucker Poolman, D
Pick #190: Brenden Kichton, D
Pick #194: Marcus Karlstrom, D