Player Preview: Bryan Little

Trin Potratz
August 22 2014 10:57AM

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For the past few seasons, Bryan Little has been one of the bright spots in the Jets organization. The former 12th overall pick blossomed into a contributing centre a little bit more every season since becoming a pro at the ripe age of 19.

Little may not be one of the NHL's elite, but after posting a career high of 64 points last season at 26 years young, the Edmonton native may be ready to become a top pivot for years to come.

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Player Preview: Michael Frolik

Kevin McCartney
August 22 2014 10:48AM

Frolik

Michael Frolik joined the organization as a defensive specialist with underwhelming hockey-card stats. Through 136 games in Chicago, Frolik managed just 34 points, deployed in his final season for fewer than 13 minutes a night with Bryan Bickell and Michael Handzus. Like so many players who managed to score in Florida (cough cough Jokinen), it seemed his offence didn't translate on a more competitive squad. Instead, his resume highlighted his defensive work as a key part of the league's 3rd best PK, and his playoff record, scoring 18 points in 34 career playoff games and winning a Stanley.  

What happened in Winnipeg was a wonderful surprise. Frolik emerged as the life preserver for first young Scheifele and then the erratic Jokinen before moving to the top line to play power-vs-power with Ladd and Little. Versatility is his primary strength on a roster with so many holes, and it's likely Frolik plays a major role in this season. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 22 2014 08:05AM



The NHL changes the draft lottery, Bertuzzi-Moore 10 years later, a Gino Odjick tale, truculence in Calgary, bye bye Tyler Bozak, and more in this week's Roundup

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Could Burmistrov Become An Oiler?

Trin Potratz
August 20 2014 11:49AM

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After completing his entry-level contract with the Winnipeg Jets, Alexander Burmistrov took his talents back home to Russia where he enjoyed a successful season with the KHL’s Kazan Ak-Bars.

Recent reports state that Burmistrov is eyeing an NHL return after he fulfills the 2nd year of his KHL contract set to play out this coming season.

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Player Preview: Dustin Byfuglien

Kevin McCartney
August 20 2014 06:00AM

Buf pins ovie

It is a deeply enjoyable coincidence that I am assigned this player preview. I might be Byfuglien's biggest fan when he plays defence, and was a staunch defender during the 'Mystery Turnovers' days. At the same time, his transition play as a forward is slow and haphazard and his defensive work from the forward position was hard to watch last season. He's a star player and difference maker for this club, and the question on everyone's mind is whether he'll be in a position to succeed.

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