The Winnipeg Jets were formed in 1999 when the NHL expansion program was well
underway. The team was known as the Atlanta Thrashers at the time. They eventually
moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2011 and have been there ever since. Unfortunately,
Winnipeg Jets tickets holders have not seen much success for their team. They have yet to
win a division, conference, or Stanley Cup title. Winnipeg Jets tickets holders will be hoping
that the move to Winnipeg helps the teams fortunes both on and off the ice.
While they have not won anything in their existence, the Jets have had some great players in
the past. They have had the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk, Vyacheslav Kozlov, and Marian Hossa on
the roster at one time or other. These players are also the leading scorers of the franchise.
The move to Winnipeg was slightly controversial, with the "True North Sports and
Entertainment" Company buying the Atlanta Thrashers with the intent to move them to
Winnipeg. The argument was that more fans would be interested in the team at their new
The Winnipeg Jets tickets holders have seen some struggles in the past few years. Even back
in Atlanta, success was not forthcoming. The team made the playoffs in 2006-2007 but lost
in the QFs to the Rangers. They failed to make the playoffs the following five seasons, with
the team having losing seasons in 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2010-11. They were fourth in their
division in 2011-12 and Winnipeg Jets tickets holders will want a lot of improvement in the
coming season or two.
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