Jets Forward Usage: A Deep Divide

Kevin McCartney
December 19 2013 08:54PM

Just as Ryan Blight's scathing piece about Kevin Cheveldayoff's lack of changes to the Atlanta Thrashers came to define how we thought about the Jets in the summer, Tim Bonner's recent piece regarding the massive gap in talent between the team's top group and depth players is coming to define how we talk about the next stages of this team. 

The conclusion of Bonner's work is the culmination of conversations he, we, and every Jets fan has had over the last 10 weeks. This team has problems, but the problems are contained to specific areas, namely the bottom-6 forwards, and bottom 2 or 3 defencemen.

One challenge this team faces is that it has to fix a number of concurrent deficits in order to even diagnose whether it has larger issues with core players like Evander Kane, Ondrej Pavelec, or Dustin Byfuglien.

A contention I stand by at this stage in the season is that the first change has to be Claude Noel. Inside, we'll see just how his lack of line matching and line awareness have impacted the performance of the forwards, with some extra sensitivity to Bonner's point about the deep divide between capable and incapable players on this roster.

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Game 36 at Buffalo: Pavelec Performance Tracker and Neutral Zone Play

Travis Hrubeniuk
December 19 2013 11:12AM

Despite the overall result of the game, the Jets actually played a decent game in the neutral zone. Well, not really. But when you compare it how they have performed normally, it wasn’t too bad. I’m trying to keep upbeat a little bit here everyone. Give me a break.

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Game 36 @ Buffalo: Scoring Chances & Observations

Travis Hrubeniuk
December 19 2013 11:07AM

Chart via Extraskater.com

A second straight strong performance by young Mark Scheifele was not enough Tuesday night, as the Jets lost yet another second half game of a back-to-back. This time, to the… wait, let me check that again... Buffalo Sabres?! What?

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Jetstream Podcast Ep 11: Christmas Baking

Travis Hrubeniuk
December 18 2013 09:40AM

On this week's episode, the boys discuss Peluso's hit on Goligoski, Evander Kane trade rumors and put the blame on Claude again. All that, plus whether or not injuries should affect suspensions, Joe's ineffective Twitter game and real-deal edible Christmas baking this time.

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Jets Post-Game 36: The Shame of It

Kevin McCartney
December 17 2013 09:24PM

Will this be the Jets' Last Supper?

Of course the lowest scoring team since 1967 expansion scored 4 against the Jets to win in regulation for the first time since November 15th. And naturally, the Jets became over-confident while winning 2-0 and down in the shot count 19-10 and in the Fenwick count 26-12. It only makes perfect sense that they lost the faceoff battle (badly) to a team with Cody Hodgson, former winger Tyler Ennis, former winger Steve Ott, former winger Marcus Foligno, and former winger Ville Leino taking draws.

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