Better Know a Prospect – Mark Scheifele Edition

Dean Belanger
December 23 2011 02:41PM


To the casual hockey fan, Mark Scheifele was a surprise pick last June in Minnesota. Many Jets fans were probably hoping Ryan Strome would fall to 7th and when he didn’t they were most likely thinking Sean Couturier was the probable selection (I know I did). Many experts felt that Winnipeg went “of the board” or “reached” when they selected Scheifele from the Barrie Colts.

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10 Things the Jets have Given us in 2011

MC Hockey
December 23 2011 02:37PM



10. Major-League City Status for Winnipeg:

The author shyly admits his departure from Winnipeg in 1996 was fueled by the feeling that Winnipeg was becoming like another small town in Michigan where General Motors had closed a big manufacturing plant (see movie from that zany Michael Moore) in tumbleweeds! I say Tumbleweeds be gone now!

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The Montreal Canadiens Stink and Other Things we Learned on Thursday Night.

Nation World HQ
December 22 2011 09:10PM


The Montreal Canadiens stink.

Whether it’s just a brief aberration or it’s something Habs fans can expect for the rest of the season, what happened on Wednesday night in Chicago and Thursday night in Winnipeg proved pretty clearly that the Canadiens are a bad team with a bad coach and a bad GM and whether we’re speaking in French or English, it’s still smelly.

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Cold War Echo

Andrey Osadchenko
December 21 2011 12:33PM


(pic courtesy Dirty Dangle)  

(Moscow native Andrey Osadchenko wanted to weigh in on the recent "Ovechkin on Steriods" controversy)

If you read John Steigerwald’s column about Ovechkin’s alleged steroid use and you listened to him argue with Ryan Lambert on the radio show about it and your initial reaction wasn’t ‘Wow!’ you are not an easy person to impress.

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Jets Lose in Shootout Despite Pavelec's Brilliance

Nation World HQ
December 20 2011 09:40PM

A number of years ago, when he was general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, Brian Burke made an astute statement about the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"We call them the Stanley Cup playoffs," said Burke, "because we can't call them Goalie."

Burke was being funny, but he was dead on. Without great goaltending you can't win the Stanley Cup (as the 2011 Boston Bruins will attest). In the case of the 2011-12 Winnipeg Jets, getting to the playoffs will be impossible without great goaltending.

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