Jets Player Usage: Forwards (and whatever Miettinen is playing)

Kevin McCartney
April 15 2013 06:02PM

  Tom Szczerbowski (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski)

The Jets up-and-down season has frustrated attempts at clear finger pointing. Lack of scoring depth, inconsistent goaltending, very poor special teams, and some odd (and stubborn) line combinations have made it challenging to see the problem(s) very clearly. I've discussed Olli Jokinen as a problem here, the need for a RW here, and the problem of the fourth line the last time we looked at forward usage charts back in mid-February. Today we re-visit how the forwards are being used to see if we have any further clues about what went wrong in the forward group with a particular eye toward who should be back next year.

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Back to the Future: Evaluating Head Scout Marcel Comeau Part 1

Kevin McCartney
April 12 2013 08:23PM


Marcel Comeau has been the Head Scout of the Atlanta Thrashers and now Winnipeg Jets since 2003. This season will mark his 11th draft with the organization, and as Cheveldayoff continues to preach patience and hope, we will have a look at the man in charge of delivering a hockey team from a list of teenagers.

There are many ways to evaluate a draft, and of course, data continues to roll in all the time. Consider Part 1 a bit of an introduction to Comeau and his draft history. We'll look at his draft record without much context to get our minds around who it is he's been drafting and where the team has traditionally gone fishing for talent. I'll add some thoughts about the prospects on which we still wait.

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Weekly Thoughts

Kevin McCartney
April 11 2013 11:22AM


Every week or so, I have a few thoughts. This week I look at the Jets schedule and consider how hard things will be under re-alignment, look forward to the draft to begin our conversation about who the Jets might be in on, and give a preview of articles to come with a chance for you to shape how I look at the data. A smattering of my brainy output below.

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Stockholm in the Winter: Windows of Opportunity

Kevin McCartney
April 10 2013 03:19PM

                                                                                                                                                                         Photo by Micha Persson

Prior to this trade deadline, we talked about the idea that the team's actions would give us a tell about the direction of the organization, and about how they perceived their window of opportunity. The action taken? Adding Mike Santorelli via waivers - a bubble player from the worst team in the league this season. I think we all wanted something more decisive, though fans seemed split between buying and selling, and a terrible streak of losing that saw the division title simply slip through our fingers peaked the frustration at our current management group.

We're still left with the question of when this management group will choose to compete, and a further question of what they intend the roster to look like when they do.

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Game #41 Vs Buffalo: Last chances

Kevin McCartney
April 09 2013 05:43PM

Buffalo Sabers (16-17-6) At

Your Winnipeg Jets (19-19-2)

Last Meeting: February 19th, Jets 2 – Sabres 1

Broadcast: TSN Jets

Puck Drop: 7:00 (CT)


Buffalo is the only team in the Eastern Conference with a losing record against the Southeast Division. On top of it, they shipped out Pominville, Leopold, and Regehr since the last time the Jets played them, a 2-1 win back in the heady days of February. Still, the Jets at 3-7 in the last ten, and the Sabres have won 3 straight – apparently galvanized by their underdog status. The Jets are favoured to win, but have a meaningfully worse goal differential and are one of only ten teams in the league with fewer than 100 goals for – and a leader (along with Nashville) among that ignominious third for games played. Somehow, some way as we hold our breath for another puck drop.

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