February 06 2015 08:00AM
It's one thing to be good, it's another entirely to be good and young.
I wrote an article in the Winnipeg Free Press last Saturday, saying that underlying metrics say good things about the 2014-15 Winnipeg Jets. The Jets' strong numbers --such as in score adjusted Corsi percentage (SAC%)-- are a positive sign. While points and wins show where a team stands at a single moment, shot metrics are important because they better predict how a team will perform for the remainder of the season.
There are seven teams in the NHL who currently hold a better SAC% than the Winnipeg Jets. The real kicker though is only the Tampa Bay Lightning consist of a younger average roster.
The Jets' youth has not just been passengers, but have driven a lot of the success as well. In this series we will look at the Jets depth in each position, while specifically focusing on those under 25 and making a NHL impact.
Today we turn to the final bastion of defense: those crazy enough to take 30+ frozen pucks to the body a game.
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February 06 2015 06:30AM
Evander Kane problems, Zack Kassian problems, Tyler Bozak potentially on the move, trusting Oilers media, Flames trade speculation, a Fantasy Hockey cheat sheet and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
February 05 2015 07:46PM
In a week that's mostly been filled with bad news for the Winnipeg Jets, here's a ray of sunshine: as it turns out, despite all of the Evander Kane drama, a whole host of NHL teams would reportedly be very interested in acquiring the 23-year-old power forward in a trade.
Though a lot of that interest will be dependent on Kane's current injury status - and the Jets placed him on Injured Reserve on Thursday following a meeting with doctors - it does make it more likely that maybe Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff can net a decent return for the controversial forward.
February 05 2015 01:34PM
The issue may have started out with sweat pants, but the circumstances that led to Kane being a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Vancouver Canucks were significantly darker and more complicated.
As it turns out, Kane reportedly failed to show up for Tuesday's game following an incident with a variety of teammates including Dustin Byfuglien, according to a report from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.
This is an ugly situation, to say the least.
February 05 2015 10:01AM
The relationship between Evander Kane and the Winnipeg Jets is eroding quickly, and it seems like we'll see some movement one way or another this week.
The 23-year-old power forward has skill to burn, but he's playing hurt, and has obviously been in Paul Maurice's cross hairs over wearing sweat pants to a team meeting (or something). It would appear that surgery is an option for the skilled, young winger - who wasn't present for Winnipeg's practice on Thursday - but it's interesting to note that Kane is reportedly being made available on the trade market also.