April 09 2015 09:27AM
It's nearly the end of the hockey season, and while we're starting to get excited at the prospect of the playoffs(!), we're also excited to announce the return of something we do every year at this time: the Nation Drafts playoff pool!
The Nation Drafts playoff pool is fun, inexpensive, proceeds benefit a worthy cause, and you could win prizes! What's not to love? Read on for more details.
April 08 2015 03:30PM
Chemistry in hockey is real. Different players have different skill sets and some of these may compliment other players. While overall skill and impact is still the major driving force of results, there are more ephemeral factors - like chemistry - that can push the needle one way or another.
One way to look at chemistry is by looking at how players perform with or without particular players (WOWYs) as well as at certain trends.
Let's use this tool to compare some of the Winnipeg Jets top defensive pairs.
April 08 2015 07:00AM
Evgeny Svechnikov is a big, strong and skilled forward eligible for the 2015 draft. He is ranked No. 15 on the latest Craig Button list and he's rising in many quarters. The young Russian is absolutely a quality prospect.
April 07 2015 11:34PM
Winnipeg Jets crowning jewel in the prospect cupboard is Nikolaj Ehlers, no arguments.
Just one point shy of a two point per game pace, Ehlers dominated the QMJHL with a regular season consisting of 37 goals and 64 assists in just 51 games.
His dominance has transitioned in the post-season as well. Ehlers leads the Quebec Major Junior league with 15 points in seven games, on a team that has only scored 19 goals.
Ehlers is the Jets most dynamic hockey player, but not all of his goals are dynamic.
Check this one out after the jump.
April 07 2015 09:24PM
Hands up if you called Ondrej Pavelec having a 100 percent save percentage on a back-to-back and Chris Thorburn scoring the game winning goal, because that combination has never happened before...
...but it did, and it was awesome!!
The opening period had a lot of chances going either way, with a slight edge to the Winnipeg Jets. Both goalies stood strong though, with neither team scoring in the first.
The second found the Jets taking over, dominating in chances and also frustrating the St. Louis Blues into taking penalties. It was in this period that the Jets lone goal was scored by none other than Thorburn.
The Jets went into defensive shell mode for the third period for the third game in a row, causing many Jet fans to lose to lose hair and nails while gaining weight and blood pressure. In the end Pavelec kept the door closed on the Blues and pushed the Jets one step closer to the playoffs.
Let's break it down.