Why Tyler Myers fits better in Winnipeg long-term even if he's been only a marginal upgrade on Zach Bogosian

Thomas Drance
April 06 2015 12:07PM

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In the aftermath of the Evander Kane blockbuster many analysts, myself included, found it tempting to view it as two separate deals - Kane for Drew Stafford, two quality prospects and a first-round pick, and then Zach Bogosian for Tyler Myers. 

In truth it's a deal that shouldn't be broken down into its individual components, for an important salary cap related reason. Let's get into that and look at how Bogosian and Myers have fit in with their respective new clubs since the trade.

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The Winnipeg Jets have become one of the league's elite defensive teams

Garret Hohl
April 05 2015 05:10PM

The Winnipeg Jets have improved over their term under the supervision of Paul Maurice. They are closer to the playoffs than ever before despite playing in a tougher conference than ever before.

Jets currently sit 9th in 5v5 goal differentials, while placing 13th and 15th in power play goals for and penalty kill goals against per minute. For underlying numbers, the Jets have the league's sixth best score-adjusted Corsi percentage.

The Jets have improved into arguably a top ten team, despite the fact that they may miss the playoffs this year.

The biggest improvement has been due to defense, which we will look at after the jump.

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First Star, Worst Star: April 5th, 2015

April 05 2015 03:30PM


Happy Easter everyone! I hope you've all gotten sufficiently full on ham, chocolate, and the blood of Jesus. Before settling in for a late nap/early bed time here's First Star, Worst Star rising from the dead like the Easter Bunny!

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Might the Jets recall Nikolaj Ehlers from Halifax once his QMJHL season ends?

Thomas Drance
April 04 2015 07:35PM

Could Nikolaj Ehlers see some NHL action this season?

It's unlikely, particularly following the Halifax Mooseheads' 4-3 overtime victory on Friday. That win - in which Ehlers managed three points - gave the Mooseheads a 3-2 lead in their current postseason series against the Shawinigan Cataractes. Jets general manager. Whatever the likelihood, Kevin Cheveldayoff was in Halifax to watch Ehlers play on April 1 (we originally thought the Mooseheads account was just kidding), and the Jets would appear to be pondering the possibility, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Freidman.

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Jets Nation Recap: Back to winning!

Garret Hohl
April 04 2015 05:02PM

The Winnipeg Jets out score the Vancouver Canucks in what ended up a crazy shooting gallery for both teams.

The first period saw five goals as the netminders gave a what-not-to-do goaltender clinic. Jim Slater opened the scoring from a sweet backdoor pass from Jiri Tlusty. The Jets then brought it up to a two goal lead with Michael Frolik picking up his 18th of the season, only to have each of the Sedin's score to tie up the game. The period ended with Lee Stempniak scoring with less than two minutes remaining.

The second period was much of the same, but with less goals scored. The teams traded goals, with the Jets' coming from Mark Scheifele and the Canucks' coming from Alex Burrows.

In the third Stempniak scored the insurance goal with a nice deke into Eddie Lack's five-hole. Burrows got his second of the game with Lack pulled, but the Canucks were unable to get the game tying goal.

Let's break it down.

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