January 18 2017 08:48PM
It was a night of returns at the MTS Centre. Ondrej Pavelec returned between the pipes for the first time this season. Alexander Burmistrov returned to face his former club. The Arizona Coyotes returned to a city they once called home. Most importantly, the Winnipeg Jets returned to winning ways as they doubled the Desert Dogs 6-3 to snap a four-game losing streak.
January 18 2017 01:30PM
TSN released their annual Trade Bait List ahead of the March 1st deadline and three Jets players cracked the top 15. To no one’s surprise, pending unrestricted free agent goaltender Ondrej Pavelec comes in at number nine along with pending unrestricted winger Drew Stafford showing up at 15. Not only are those two likely candidates to be moved, some will argue they both should be moved, if there are any takers. A somewhat surprising inclusion on the list and extra surprising in his placement is Mathieu Perreault, who shows up at number four.
But should it be surprising?
January 18 2017 11:00AM
So, has anyone heard any news around the Jets camp lately? It's been pretty quiet hasn't it. Not much is happening. Oh wait. There was a small order of business. Nothing major. Ondrej Pavelec was called up from the Manitoba Moose. Remember him? Yeah that didn't generate much talk. Unless you count Twitter nearly exploding.
January 18 2017 08:00AM
Losing Patrik Laine isn't an easy thing to adjust to. Expectedly, Winnipeg misses Laine dearly in many facets. He's missed on the teams top line, on their power play, in clutch scoring opportunities, you name it.
Rotating Drew Stafford and Mathieu Perreault up and down the lineup isn't going to replace Laine's scoring. Those type of tweaks will continue to equal mediocrity, a style of play the Jets have grown accustomed to. With no timetable for Laine's return, the Jets will have to continue to scramble to find an offensive boost in the mean time and that's proven to be no easy task with the current roster of players they have.
Not much to report on Patrik Laine today. Maurice said he continues to improve, but has not skated yet.— Sara Orlesky (@saraorlesky) January 17, 2017
The Jets need to construct their lines better and insert more scoring throughout their lineup. Thinking outside the box, what about the idea of Kyle Connor, the Jets first round pick in 2015, getting another stint with the Jets?
Hear me out:
January 17 2017 01:38PM
While it has been a whirlwind of a season for the Winnipeg Jets, no one has experienced more ups and downs than Mathieu Perreault.
The 29-year-old centre, who has been playing on the second-line LW of late, is not experiencing the consistency he has over the years. In his last three season, he's scored at least 40 points, serving as an important asset and core member of the Jets' scoring lines.
However, he has struggled greatly this season and has just four goals and 13 points through 33 games. Not only that, he is a minus-14 and is not playing the quality of hockey he usually boasts. He did have an undisclosed injury that held him out of the lineup for some time, and it's clear that he is still shaking off some rust.
But then again, he has appeared to pick things up of late. He recorded two power-play helpers in Saturday's loss to the Los Angeles Kings, marking his first multi-point game of the 2016-17 season. He has three goals and 10 points in his last 16 games and may be on the verge to finding his scoring touch again.