Winnipeg Jets look to potential NHL rookies to provide internal competition and fill in depth

Garret Hohl
July 22 2015 12:59PM

Besides killing the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Winnipeg Jets summer has been very quiet. To some, too quiet.

Currently the Jets are heading towards the season with only 22 signed who were regular roster players for most of last season, with a few of those being possible depth options sent to the Manitoba Moose. The most apparent holes seem to be the ones left by the departure of Lee Stempniak, Jiri Tlusty, and Jim Slater.

However, this has given some Jets an opportunity to earn their keep in the NHL.

Let's take a look at some potential NHL rookies who will be battling for a roster spot this September and October.

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Winnipeg Jets ver 2.0, All-Time Best

Garret Hohl
July 21 2015 10:57AM

Okay, okay. I understand that a "all-time best" is a bit silly for a team with only four seasons accumulated. And yes, we could expand the sample by including franchise history (Atlanta Thrashers) or city history (WHA and older NHL Jets).

Still, this is a new team in many ways despite it's relationship to the past.

The exercise also gives us an opportunity (and an excuse) to use WAR-on-Ice's Goals Above Replacement, a holistic statistic that estimates a player's impact on goal differentials by combining their performance in shot differentials, scoring, penalty differentials, and face offs relative to a replacement level player. It's an imperfect statistic, but is a good place to start the conversation.

For the research, we will limit our looks at players who played at least a full season for the Winnipeg Jets. Let's take a look.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
July 17 2015 07:00AM

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Kesler's new contract and the Dave Nonis effect, Leafs salary cap situation, Flames new guys provide more options, what the numbers predict for Vancouver next season, Oilers interested in Seabrook, have no one to blame but themselves for Justin Schultz and more in this week's Roundup.

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Alexander Burmistrov joins Winnipeg soccer practice

Garret Hohl
July 14 2015 02:21PM

While many of the Winnipeg Jets' players are fishing, golfing, or conducting their offseason training outside of Winnipeg, one Jet - and a formerly defected Jet at that - has not only swung by for a visit, but stuck around town.

This week Alexander Burmistrov was spotted joining the Borussia Dortmund Bonivital Boys Soccer Club for a practice, and did so in partial incognito fashion.

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Talent Left on the 2015 Draft Floor

Josh W
July 14 2015 02:02PM

Every year at the NHL Entry Draft a number of teams make really smart decisions on their picks (Islanders, Jets) while other teams seem to fall on their face (Bruins).  At the end of the 210 picks, inevitably there are players every year who are not chosen despite showing potential to be better than average picks.  This makes these players currently Unrestricted Free Agents and available to be signed to contracts by teams who feels they have potential.  

Looking back at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, MoneyPuck used PCS to look back at those players who had a high chance of success at the NHL level.  (Un)surprisingly many were invited to teams camps and many went on to become important players on their teams, invited to World Juniors, and some were even signed to NHL teams.

With a current baseline of 8% of forwards and 5.6% of defencemen drafted move on to become NHL regulars, we can use PCS to look back at the 2015 draft and see players who should be invited to camps and are good bets to spend an ELC on.

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