Jets Nation 2013 Year-End Awards: Best Forward

Kevin McCartney
May 04 2013 04:00PM


We nominated, you voted, and the results are in. All this week we'll be revealing your reader picks with our writers' perspectives for the Jets Nation 2013 Year-End Awards. From the obvious (Claude Noel for Best Hockey Dad) to the obscene ([redacted]), the Nation has spoken on who gets the virtual hardware. Today, we begin with the Jets' Best Forward.

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Thinking with an Empty Net: GM Presser, Draft Extras, and Roster Opportunities

Kevin McCartney
May 02 2013 07:04PM

Every week or so, I have a few thoughts. This week I congratulate myself for not throwing things during Cheveldayoff's press conference, toss out a bit of extra data from the on-going Marcel Comeau evaluation, and muse on what the roster could look like next year. A smattering of my synaptic output below.

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Jets Nation 2013 Year-End Awards

Kevin McCartney
May 01 2013 04:01PM

This year, the Nations Network is handing out some virtual hardware to end the season. Slip into your favourite yelling pants, put on a cloak of incredulity, and check out our nominees below. Vote for your favourite, our writers will do the same, and we'll unveil the winners and our personal picks in the days to come.

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Throwing darts: Evaluating Jets Head Scout Marcel Comeau Part 2

Kevin McCartney
April 26 2013 03:34PM


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. 

Part 1 of our evaluation looked at where Comeau and the scouting team draw talent from, finding a pattern of selecting players from outside the top development programs of the world. Further, Comeau has a known preference for players with grit and notably desires player character. He was quoted as saying his preference is for players "you'd like to share a foxhole with at some point in time."

In Part 2, we'll begin our evaluation in earnest. Knowing how he sees the game a little better, what is Comeau's record of success at drafting? There are many ways to measure this, but Part 2 will focus on what was delivered against what can be reasonably expected by round. We'll use drafts years 2003 to 2010 (8 drafts in total) to ask the following - given the average rate of finding NHL players in a given round, has Marcel Comeau graduated enough quality players to indicate success?

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Game #46 at Buffalo: Threes

Kevin McCartney
April 22 2013 02:00PM

Buffalo Sabers (19-20-6) At
Your Winnipeg Jets (23-19-3)

Last Meeting: April 9th, Jets 4 – Sabres 1

Broadcast: TSN Jets

Puck Drop: 6:00 (CT) 


Buffalo was eliminated from playoff contention by the Rangers on Friday - which puts the over-under for mentions of "playing for pride" at 6.5. After a miserable and confusing season that has seen the longest tenured coach in the league fired and three members of their opening night roster traded, this Sabres team is likely playing out the string because they're contractually obligated and not for much else. This is the third meeting of the teams, the Jets collecting two wins in their previous matchups. This one comes with the Jets just three points back of three different teams - Rangers, Senators, and the division leading Capitals. It's also the third last game of the Jets season and the team finds themselves back on the road after a 6-game home stand that saw them go 5-0-1 and score three or more goals in every game.

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