July 06 2015 11:30AM
This is a two-part series that will deal with the offseason changes and their implications on the Winnipeg Jets for next season and beyond. Part one deals with the draft.
The draft class of 2015 was considered by many experts to be one of the deepest in many years. With the likes of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel leading the way, this year's draftees could very well change the face of the NHL for years to come.
July 03 2015 12:33PM
Throughout the course of the last year, the team at CanucksArmy and Jets Nation have been working on the development of a prospect evaluation tool called Prospect Cohort Success Percentage, or PCS for short. The basic premise is that by finding the closest comparables to a prospect in terms of age, size, league, and point production, we can gain insight into the prospect's likelihood of success at the NHL level.
At it's essence, the tool tries to mathematically answer the following questions:
- Who are a given players' closest pre-NHL comparables?
- What percentage of a players' closest comparables went on to become successful NHLers as defined by playing in excess of 200 NHL games (PCS%)?
- Of the comparables who went on to play in the NHL what was the average NHL point-per-game (PCS PPG) of these players?
There is a fair amount of advancements we're currently working on for PCS, including quality of teamates and era adjustments, but we thought it would be fun to see how teams did at the 2015 draft when using PCS as a benchmark.
July 03 2015 11:35AM
The club's article also mentioned that Rick St. Croix would be returning to the Winnipeg organization as the team's developmental goaltending coach. St. Croix will be in charge of working with the team's non-NHL goaltenders.
At this time, it is unknown if Dusty Imoo, who had been in that role for the Jets, is being retained or not. EDIT: Rick Ralph reported Dusty Imoo is no longer with the organization.
July 03 2015 11:17AM
The Winnipeg Jets announced today that they signed the young, physical forward of the Barrie Colts to an entry level contract. As per limitations in the CBA, the contract is a three-year, two-way deal, with an average cap hit of 1.125 million when including bonuses.
Lemieux was drafted by the the Buffalo Sabres in 2014, and joined the Jets as part of the return for Zach Bogosian, Evander Kane, and Jason Kasdorf.
July 03 2015 10:39AM
The Winnipeg Jets have added some experience to their young defensive core in the AHL.