Winnipeg Jets are going all in on youth movement

Garret Hohl
August 24 2015 07:00AM

The Winnipeg Jets made the playoffs for the first time since the move to central Canada.

They made it without superstars, but rather with depth. The Jets carried legitimate top-nine scorers on their fourth line at times between Jiri Tlusty and Lee Stempniak. With the loss of both of those players, plus Michael Frolik and Jim Slater, the Jets have quite a few openings in their roster.

A team with so many holes would often look to free agency to fill the gaps, but it looks like the Jets will turn to internal options.

Stempniak told Sportsnet:

I was hoping to go back, but from what my agent told me, they were looking to some spots to young guys. They have some very good prospects there that they were looking to give some ice time to. I don't think we ever fully closed the door on it, but at this point, if I had to guess, it doesn't look too promising.

So what does this mean for the Jets and Jets fans alike?

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Jets Nation Prospect Profile 2015: #15-11

Garret Hohl
August 24 2015 06:00AM

The next five profiles in our prospect series have been completed, so let's take a look.

Continue past the jump as we highlight numbers 15 through 10.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 21 2015 06:45AM


Pavel Bure's Legends Hockey League, Trevor Linden defends GM, is Babcock really better than Carlyle, Flames new arena, Sam Bennett at centre, McDavid and Hall get head start on season, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen

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Jets Nation Prospect Profile 2015: #11 Michael Spacek

Garret Hohl
August 21 2015 06:00AM


If there is one pattern in the prospect series, it is that we like players who score, and especially when they score against tough competition.

The 5'11, right wing Michael Spacek has a long standing history of scoring, and has done consistently against those far older and bigger than himself. We were high enough on him to rank him 25th overall at 2015's NHL Entry draft, and we are high on him once again.

We continue our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #11.

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Jets Nation Prospect Profile 2015: #12 Brendan Lemieux

Garret Hohl
August 20 2015 11:26AM


There is a lot of excitement for the 6', 210 lbs left winger of the Barrie Colts.

Brenden Lemieux came as part of the package Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, and Jason Kasdorf. Since Tyler Myers and Bogosian are similarly used defenders, many look at as Lemieux, Joel Armia, a then rental (Drew Stafford), and a first round pick (Jack Roslovic) for Kane and Kasdorf.

We continue our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #12.

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