April 23 2015 06:30PM
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Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has been inconsistent - or consistently sub-average, as you prefer - during his time between the pipes in Winnipeg. The veteran goaler was supplanted as Winnipeg's number one starter by Michael Hutchinson this past the fall, but he regained his usual position on the team and was stellar down the stretch.
Though Pavelec was ultimately unable to provide the Jets with the goaltending they required to hang with the Anaheim Ducks in a first-round sweep, it has to be noted that the Stanley Cup playoffs probably don't return to Portage and Main for the first time in 19 years without Pavelec's late-season run of competence.
Still, in looking at what holes the Jets need to address if they hope to contend with their current core: goaltending remains at the very top of the list. Will we see the Jets change direction in any meaningful way in net this offseason?
April 23 2015 07:30AM
Welcome back to another installment of Future NHEhlers, where we review all
the latest in news and play for the Winnipeg Jets (non-AHL) prospects.
We dig into all the game reports from the CHL, NCAA, and Europe to let
you know how all of your future favourites are progressing.
Without further ado, let's move to the numbers!
April 23 2015 07:00AM
the latest instalment of the IceCaps Recap where we review all the weekly
activities of the St. John’s Ice Caps, the AHL affiliation of the Winnipeg
Jets. Similar to the Future NHEhlers
weekly article, we review all the stats and news we can find for your IceCaps.
Continue past the jump to read what went down.
April 22 2015 11:14PM
It was what it was, and now it's over. The Anaheim Ducks have swept the Jets.
Bryan Little opened up the scoring for the Jets to a very loud cheer, only to have Emerson Etem tie it up a few minutes later.
The Jets stepped up the pressure early in the second, holding the Ducks without a shot for the first seven and a bit minutes of play. Frederik Andersen stood strong though, shutting the door and weathering the storm. Not long thereafter Andrew Cogliano scored his first goal of the series to give the Ducks the lead.
Early in the third Ryan Kesler --the thorn in the Jets side-- picked up his second goal for the extra insurance. It seemed like all was lost at this point, but the Jets did not give up. Mark Stuart brought the Jets within one.
It was not meant to be though, as Ryan Kessler picked up the goal on the empty net, eliminating the Jets from the playoffs.
April 22 2015 10:37PM
It had been a long, long time since Winnipeg has hosted an Stanley Cup playoff game. The fan base has been patient. We do not mind waiting a little while longer for our first win.
Here we lament the Winnipeg Jets end of a season, but also celebrate the season it was.