August 22 2014 10:57AM
For the past few seasons, Bryan Little has been one of the bright spots in the Jets organization. The former 12th overall pick blossomed into a contributing centre a little bit more every season since becoming a pro at the ripe age of 19.
Little may not be one of the NHL's elite, but after posting a career high of 64 points last season at 26 years young, the Edmonton native may be ready to become a top pivot for years to come.
August 22 2014 10:48AM
Michael Frolik joined the organization as a defensive specialist with underwhelming hockey-card stats. Through 136 games in Chicago, Frolik managed just 34 points, deployed in his final season for fewer than 13 minutes a night with Bryan Bickell and Michael Handzus. Like so many players who managed to score in Florida (cough cough Jokinen), it seemed his offence didn't translate on a more competitive squad. Instead, his resume highlighted his defensive work as a key part of the league's 3rd best PK, and his playoff record, scoring 18 points in 34 career playoff games and winning a Stanley.
What happened in Winnipeg was a wonderful surprise. Frolik emerged as the life preserver for first young Scheifele and then the erratic Jokinen before moving to the top line to play power-vs-power with Ladd and Little. Versatility is his primary strength on a roster with so many holes, and it's likely Frolik plays a major role in this season.
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August 22 2014 08:05AM
The NHL changes the draft lottery, Bertuzzi-Moore 10 years later, a Gino Odjick tale, truculence in Calgary, bye bye Tyler Bozak, and more in this week's Roundup
August 20 2014 11:49AM
Recent reports state that Burmistrov is eyeing an NHL return after he fulfills the 2nd year of his KHL contract set to play out this coming season.
August 20 2014 06:00AM
It is a deeply enjoyable coincidence that I am assigned this player preview. I might be Byfuglien's biggest fan when he plays defence, and was a staunch defender during the 'Mystery Turnovers' days. At the same time, his transition play as a forward is slow and haphazard and his defensive work from the forward position was hard to watch last season. He's a star player and difference maker for this club, and the question on everyone's mind is whether he'll be in a position to succeed.