February 15 2017 12:30PM
© Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets are in a lot of trouble. People are already looking forward to next season and it isn’t even the trade deadline, yet. What had a potential to be a promising season for the Jets, now is turning into another tire fire.
In fact, there is a lot of work that needs to be done going into the 2017-18 season and even before the upcoming off season. There’s the expansion draft and the 2017 entry draft coming in June. You can even lump the trade deadline into this category.
The Jets have many needs up and down the organization. The question is what is the most pressing need?
The coach has the team playing a low event style of hockey, but the team is geared for high event style of hockey. The defense has some of the best defensemen in the NHL, but they also consistently play some of the worst in the NHL. The Jets have a promising young goaltender, but he has not been able to string together a consistent stretch of games for the team.
I can go on with a list similar to that. But, I’ve made my point. There’s a lot of work to be done by management and I question management’s ability to properly evaluate what needs to be done.
This is the same management that has led the Jets to the playoffs only once since the Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg. The management has drafted top players like Jacob Trouba, Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine, Nik Ehlers, Josh Morrissey and Kyle Connors since the relocation. The Jets have the pleasure of using elite players like Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien.
Yet, the playoffs seem so far away.
Obviously, there is a defensive depth issue and an issue with goaltending, but there is an organizational philosophy issue as well. There seems to be a desire to be okay with the status quo, look at how little the roster will change in the next year.
The methods they used to get to the playoffs two seasons ago worked and required a long term commitment from management to continue into the following seasons. But, they did not evaluate their talent properly and when it came to committing to secondary pieces like Frolik and Stepniak, the Jets let them walk.
It seems like the Jets are scared they will make a mistake in a trade and are hoping the right pieces fall into their laps.
As a result, we are with a management seemingly okay with how they stand; afraid to make a move because of making a mistake in player evaluation.
All of leads to the question, what is the biggest need for the Jets?
Do the Jets need a new goaltender?
Do the Jets need better forward depth?
Do the Jets require more defensemen?
Is a new management team in order? If so, should this management team be in place before the expansion draft?
What's the biggest organizational need?
What Would You Do Jets Nation?
Lets us know on Twitter: @NHLJetsNation