July 21 2014 08:03PM
When the Jets stepped up to the podium to make their first selection of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia, they selected Danish LW Nikolaj Ehlers. This kid can flat out play, and he honed his skills in the same place Nate MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin did. That is with the Halifax Mooseheads.
Kevin McCartney wrote an article looking at the Jets left wing depth chart, and to be blunt, it's a sparse looking group beyond Evander Kane and Andrew Ladd. Mark Scheifele made the roster on opening night after his draft year, so does Ehlers have a shot?
July 21 2014 03:07PM
We continue our look at the 2014/15 Jets depth chart with an installment on the left wing. (Centre is here.)
A year ago, the Jets hit October 1st without 4 natural left wingers, and with both Eric Tangradi and James Wright on the official roster sheet. That lack of depth caused all sorts of havoc throughout the year, with almost every eventual dog-house occupant first filling the 3LW role no matter how outlandish. Halischuk, Thorburn, Setoguchi, Byfuglien, O'Dell, and more played in that spot, and none of them comfortably.
This season, it seems the Jets' port side is in flux. More ink has been spilled about Evander Kane than any sane person can possibly read in a lifetime, and so we won’t dwell. Suffice to say that this depth chart may look quite different come October. Regardless of that potential change, the depth of the position hasn't been addressed this off-season.
The primary questions we ask ourselves in this series are how many goals we can expect and how the depth chart measures up to the rest of the Division.
July 20 2014 07:15PM
It's the most boring time of the year for any die-hard hockey fan. The craziness of the free agency period is ultimately over, and arbitration dates are the most exciting thing.
To keep writers and readers like me intrigued, we'll start seeing various articles that are strictly speculation. The mind wanders and hockey-obssessed people like me will look for anything to chew on for a bit. Today I was reading through Facebook fan posts to see what some Jets fans were thinking about, and I came across an innocent comment about Dustin Penner.
July 20 2014 01:09PM
It’s no secret that the Jets have tension in their relationship with young power forward Evander Kane. It’s also no secret that Kane’s name has come up in trade rumours.
Rumours can simply be rumours, but if those rumours were to be true, what could Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff do to make the best of a bad situation?
July 18 2014 06:42PM
Photo by Bridget Samuels
We start our examination of the Jets’ depth chart with arguably the most important skater position. Championship teams in the modern NHL are typically defined by their quality and depth down the middle, and whether we define success in hockey by goals, scoring chances, or shot attempts, controlling the middle of the ice is critical.