June 14 2016 01:48PM
The Winnipeg Jets missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons since the move to Manitoba, and the 14th time over 16 seasons over franchise history. The season does not end for us though at Jets Nation.
Welcome to our series where we take an analytical approach, dissecting what went wrong with the Jets 2015-2016 season and how to improve the team for next year.
We turn our evidence-based breakdown of the Jets with Andrew Copp's 2015-2016 season.
June 14 2016 08:00AM
The Jakob Chychrun tale took on somewhat of a life of its own over the course of the 2015-16 season. Once thought to be among the best talents available this year, the Sarnia Sting rearguard has slid down most rankings and gets plenty of shade thrown his way as a result. There are plenty that believe that he's still the top defenceman available though, so where does the truth lay?
As always, the truth rests somewhere in the middle, and a deeper look into his season and the narratives that ensued shows a promising young player with a lot of physical tools who was undone by expectations more than anything else.
Jakob Chychrun checks in at #8 on our draft rankings.
June 13 2016 08:00AM
For the majority of this season, London Knights defenceman Olli Juolevi was in contention for the mantle of "best defenceman available" at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, duking it out with fellow OHL blueliners Jakob Chychrun and Mikhail Sergachev. Unreal performances in international tournaments drew a wealth of attention his way, and playing on the Memorial Cup winning London Knights certainly didn't hurt.
At the end of the year, with the draft fast approaching, Juolevi ranks as the third best defenceman available, according to our rankings. However, the situation is still fluid enough that he could go at any time and could very well be the first defenceman to have his name called on June 24th.
June 12 2016 08:00AM
Tyson Jost of the Penticton Vees in the BCHL is one of the most intriguing gambles in the middle of the first round.
Jost, like our 17th ranked prospect Dante Fabbro, was a member of the dominant Penticton Vees of the BCHL. Though they appeared the presumptive favourites as the playoffs started, Jost's Vees were ousted by the West Kelowna Warriors in the second round. One could argue the Vees were destined for a better fate, but there's no spinning their playoff loss as a knock on Jost, who led the team with 14 points in 11 games.
The bright side to their early exit was that it afforded Jost the opportunity to play for Team Canada at the U18 World Hockey Championships in North Dakota. Jost was able to use that tournament to assuage any concerns about the impact playing against a lower level of competition might have on assessing him, breaking Connor McDavid's tournament points record with 15 points in just 7 games on Canada's top line.
June 11 2016 08:00AM