March 15 2013 02:09PM
One of my all-time blogosphere favourites is Allan Mitchell, AKA Lowetide (check him out on Oilers Nation if you haven't already). His writing is a joy to read, his work is thoughtful, and he has an insight unique to decades of careful observation (not too many decades, I'm sure - sorry Allan!). That's my fawning pre-amble to this - I'm going to steal an exercise he did this morning on his site and re-create it for the Jets. If there was an expansion draft this summer, who would make a 1 Goalie, 5 defencemen, 9 forward protected list to represent that core of the team now and into the future?
March 14 2013 02:09PM
It's been a pretty great week in Jets Nation. A frenetic win over Toronto, including a powerplay that looked like nothing we'd see all year (thank the Hockey Gods equivalent of baby Jesus), had the MTS Centre hopping. Points in four straight, a feeling like the playoffs are within reach. Derek Meech and Grant Clitsome look like contributors in the absence of Enstrom. The penalty kill has been perfect 9 games running. And maybe best of all, there is a string of good news on the prospect front, including Scheifele, Trouba, and rumours of college free agent signing on the horizon.
March 13 2013 01:58PM
Patrice Cormier was recalled today to replace an injured Jim Slater, who is suspected to have a broken hand from blocking a Phaneuf shot while down 5-on-3 in the third. I picked on Slater a bit in my review of the Jets’ Penalty Killing troubles, but I have to admit that now I feel as though the hockey gods are trying to teach me to appreciate what I have. Inside a quick look at what we’re getting in Cormier.
March 12 2013 03:55PM
It's old news now (like, two days!), but the Jets moved elder prospect Spencer Machacek for Czech winger Tomas Kubalik over the weekend. It's a small move, and neither player is likely to play 200 games in the NHL. Still, I'm obsessive, so we're going to talk about each player, why it happened, and what it means for the Jets after the jump!
March 11 2013 05:38PM
The Jets have been struggling to stay on the playoff bubble in the East all year. A 3-game win streak to end February gave way to two decisive losses to divisional opponents, and the recent road trip collected 5 of a possible (and expected) 8 points against also-rans and the struggling Devils. Sure, there have been some injuries, particularly to the team's best two defencemen in Byfuglien and Enstrom. Goaltending has been... well, that's another article. But the Jets special teams has let fans down more nights than not. The mere fact that I can write a multi-part series on the Jets woes at special teams is disheartening. Might as well start with the good news. That's right, the Penalty Kill is the good news. Good gravy...