The Roundup

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July 25 2014 08:05AM

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Trading a young star, stats for days, behind the Kesler trade talks, Draisaitl versus Bennett and more, all in this weeks roundup

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Jets 2014/15 Depth Chart: Goaltenders

Kevin McCartney
July 24 2014 05:27PM

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With the announcement in April that Ondrej Pavelec would return as the starting goaltender for the Jets, the hope of a playoff birth for the Jets was effectively dashed. We've looked at him in every way imaginable, only to find that he's simply not an NHL quality goaltender. It's a serious problem and that it continues as such is vexing.  

Inside we'll look at what we can expect from the Jets' tandem this year, ask who will back-up the back-up, and see how it compares to the rest of the Division.

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Is Bogosian Worth His Hefty Contract?

Trin Potratz
July 24 2014 07:30AM

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The year was 2008, and draft experts were calling it the year of Stamkos and the defensemen. The 2008 NHL Entry Draft may go down in history as one of the best, and almost certainly the best for defensemen. Drew Doughty, Alex Pietrangelo, Luke Schenn, Tyler Myers, Erik Karlsson, Jake Gardiner, Luca Sbisa, Michael Del Zotto, John Carlson and Zach Bogosian were the best to come out of the first round.

The then Atlanta Thrashers held the third overall pick and selected New York native Zach Bogosian out of Peterborough in the OHL. Fast forward 6 years later, and it's obvious the Thrashers made a mistake selecting Bogosian in favour of Alex Pietrangelo.

While Bogosian has proven to be a solidified NHL player, he has yet to live up to his potential. Still, for some reason, Cheveldayoff felt it was necessary to extend the injury-riddled defender to a 7-year contract.

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Jets 2014/15 Depth Chart: Defenders

Kevin McCartney
July 23 2014 12:09PM

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In the bizarro-season that was, a common theme was the refusal by Claude Noel to ice a 'common-sense' lineup. This was evident everywhere, including on the blue line where Bogosian started the year on his off-side even before the blender was turned on. By the end of the year, Mark Stuart was playing over 20 minutes a game in a defined top-4 role under Maurice, Byfuglien was playing the wing, and a handful of would-be Jets defenders were injured, absent, or pushed down the depth chart. 

The team passed on various waiver wire defenders (Alex Urbom twice, Corey Potter, and Mike Kostka among them) while bringing in Keaton Ellerby. Adam Pardy graduated back to the NHL in an extremely limited role, and the Jets revealed their lack of depth with call-ups for Ben Chairot and Julian Melchiori while Zach Redmond played most of his year in the minors.  

Despite the mess brewing in the 4 through 8 slots, on-lookers were hard pressed to focus on anything but Jacob Trouba. (After watching him in a tune-up tournament, I wrote that I didn't think he was ready. I mention that as often as possible because I obviously deserve the public shaming.) His breakout rookie campaign was perhaps a tad more exciting than effective, but the kid showed he belongs beyond a doubt. 

With the biggest minutes contributor and the team's top right handed defender moved to forward, Trouba will be an even more integral part of the Jets' fortunes this year. With some questionable moves over the past two seasons, Trouba doesn't have a lot of help either. The team is still waiting for Bogosian to live up to his potential, and now they need him to live up to his contract as well. On the left side, the team needs an Enstrom clone - frustratingly, Grant Clitsome didn't do much to suggest he's up to the task during an injury-filled season.  

The primary questions we ask ourselves in this series are how many goals we can expect and how the depth chart measures up to the rest of the Division.

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Jets 2014/15 Depth Chart: Right Wing

Kevin McCartney
July 22 2014 02:55PM

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Until last season, the Jets had employed a host of would-be centres and waiver wire additions in prominent roles on the right wing. Antropov, Wellwood, Burmistrov, Miettinen, and Santorelli all played significant minutes on the starboard while with the team. Perhaps it shouldn't have been a surprise, then, that this position was a bit of a mess last season. 

Still, unlike the left wing, at this time last year it seemed like the team had finally found a solution. All of Frolik, Setoguchi, and Halischuk joined the team in a single off-season, along with two-way deals for Jerome Samson and Andrew Gordon. Instead, the team converted one of their top defenders to play this wing, put Setoguchi in a position to fail, lost Halischuk to injury and ineffectiveness, and let Samson and Gordon play their whole seasons in the minors. Only Frolik emerged as a solution, and he now awaits an arbitrator to determine his contract amount. 

Some teams can turn a hunk of clay into an NHL player. And some teams take the opposite approach.

The primary questions we ask ourselves in this series are how many goals we can expect and how the depth chart measures up to the rest of the Division.

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