February 26 2013 11:05AM
Prior to the Buffalo last week, various Jets were quoted about the need for positivity. Wheeler in particular started talking about changing his attitude. Sure enough, after earning a win against Buffalo, Blake Wheeler's new sunny disposition took centre stage in the press. Both the Winnipeg Free Press and Sun ran articles that would have us believe Wheeler's smiling face backed off defenders and opened passing lanes like his scowl never could. Louis Armstrong to the rescue, right? Call me skeptical.
Yet something did change for Wheeler in Buffalo, and it carried through into Carolina. With the help of Ninja Greg's cool new data from the Super Shot tool, we can take an educated guess at the cause of Wheeler's recent turn.
February 15 2013 09:26AM
In part 1, we looked at how Claude Noel is using the Jets forwards so far this season. Below we'll look at how he's using the defence. The chart below comes from Ninja Greg's fantastic site. Thanks to him for use of his nifty tool.
To the Charts!
February 14 2013 12:34PM
Eric Tangradi, LW/RW, WPG
LW/RW 6'4" 220lbs, 24 years old
Drafted 2007, 42nd Overall
Contract: 1 Year, 2-way, 65K / 726K
Nick Name: Big Dog
I recently wrote about how the Jets are using their forwards and suggested that Noel might have to shorten his bench to avoid suffering the struggles of his 4th line. James Wright has had to be sheltered, Anthony Peluso didn't even break a sweat the other night in his 2:49 of ice time, and Slater and Thorburn aren't solving this team's losing ways without some help. Is Tangradi any help to us? Here's what he adds to the Jets and what we can expect in the next few months.
February 13 2013 02:10PM
After Claude Noel's new lines brought a badly deserved win to the Jets on Saturday, it's worth asking ourselves just how Noel is using his players. In this post, we'll look at Ninja Greg's fantastic Player Usage charts to examine Winnipegs forwards in terms of who they are skating against and where they are sarting their shifts at even strength.
To the Charts!
February 06 2013 03:36PM
News today that top prospect Mark Scheifele has been sent to wax on with Dale Hawerchuk has the internet buzzing. With a number of healthy scratches so far this season, Scheifele's return to junior shouldn't shock Winnipeg fans. No doubt we're all a little nervous, though. So let's breathe deep and do some explana-bragging for a minute.