March 02 2012 03:19PM
As the World Juniors hit, they were one of the best stories in the OHL. Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg’s first round pick in 2011, and the undrafted Tanner Pearson were arguably the two hottest players in junior hockey. Scheifele was scoring almost two points per game after being cut by the Jets, while Pearson was picking up a goal every game and averaging more than one assist per contest.
It wasn’t a surprise when both made the roster of Team Canada at the World Juniors.
Unfortunately, since the world’s biggest junior tournament, both have found their offense drying up.
March 01 2012 10:30PM
Well, you don't see this every day. Winnipeg put up a converted touchdown on the Panthers this evening, and without question the most astonishing moment was the Jets' 4th goal, when a bit of timely defensive work by Blake Wheeler turned some Florida pressure into this:
Beauty. Bryan Little will never score an easier goal, and good job that he finished it, too, because they were coming right at my end of the rink, and I can guarantee you there wasn't going to be anyone back to defend if he missed.
March 01 2012 02:36PM
When the schedule was drawn up last summer, tonight's Winnipeg-Florida game seemed an unlikely candidate to be a meaningful affair, with the ex-Thrashers and still-Panthers having spent last year wallowing in the depths of the Eastern Conference's second tier. Washington and Tampa were the clear heavyweights starting the season, and by this point in the year, the night seemed certain to just be another dreary encounter between two teams that would once again be relegated to playing out the string.
Of course, that's not quite how the year has unfolded, and as a result this evening's match at the Arena That Elbow Room Forgot has all the appearance of a game with actual playoff implications. With all caveats about the horrid level of the East this year noted, that's a surprising, and welcome, development.
February 29 2012 08:48AM
"Friend of the Nation Network - and two time Angler Cup Champion - Brian Sutherby has shared his thoughts about the Trade Deadline for the second time in less than a week. In this installment he takes a look at the difficulties of making a big move at the deadline and the impact new arrivals have on a dressing room this late in the season. He also calls a winner for this year's deadline day. - Wanye
February 28 2012 06:37AM
For Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, taking time to perfect something is the essence of his managing style.
The former 16th overall draft pick in 1988 has had time to grow and learn in the game - not only by playing the game on ice level, but by watching, learning, and being a student of the game.
And wherever Cheveldayoff has gone, success has not been far behind.
In his first season behind the bench as assistant coach to Butch Goring of the IHL's Utah Grizzlies, the team captured the Turner Cup in 1995-96.
That success translated into the next step in his career - becoming a general manager.