Should the Jets extend Ladd or Byfuglien: The case for Andrew Ladd

Garret Hohl
July 31 2015 01:45PM

The Winnipeg Jets have some crucial decisions to make on their future. The outcome from such decisions may not make or break the franchise, but the impact cannot be denied.

The Jets have their two biggest expiring contracts since the franchise move to Winnipeg.

As it currently stands, Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd enter unrestricted free agency and look to receive significant paydays July 1st, 2016. Not only do the Jets have their two biggest names at forward and defence garner raises, but their two biggest young forwards leave their entry level contracts that same summer. Skepticism surrounding the Canadian dollar and its potential impacts just add to the pile.

It's easy to see why some say the Jets are substantially unlikely to keep both Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien in the long run.

If the Jets had to keep one, which one should it be? We look at the case for choosing Andrew Ladd here.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
July 31 2015 07:00AM

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Canucks shake things up, pay too much for Sutter, Leafs-Bernier Arb battle, breaking down Lamoriello's past trades, one of the Flames top prospects coming to North America, McDavid, Scrivens, free agents still available for almost free and more in this week's Roundup.

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Mason Appleton's 2014-15 Highlights | Tri-City Storm

Anthony Lenting
July 29 2015 10:36AM

The Winnipeg Jets selected Mason Appleton at 168th overall in the fifth round.

Appleton is a 6'2 forward that played for the Tri-City Storm in the USHL. As someone who played his 18-year-old season last year, Appleton was an overage draft selection that went undrafted the previous season.

Check out some of Appleton's highlights last season.

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Establishing AHL Baselines for Prospect Success

Josh W
July 24 2015 09:37AM

Nearly every hockey fan has the basic understanding that the NHL is the best hockey league in the world and that to become an regular player in the league you need to be the best of the best. Combining this with the piling of recent evidence suggesting that the peak age of players is around the mid-20s, it starts to become apparent that fans in every fan base tend to be over-confident in the success of their AHL (and other) prospects.

It is important when studying prospects, and when wanting to increase the general understanding of the league, to establish a baseline of success for those in development leagues.  

Continue past the jump as we look into AHL success.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
July 24 2015 07:00AM

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What has Kyle Dubas done, Canucks not having a very good summer, do the Flames have a core group, who is the Oilers next captain, free agents still out there and more in this weeks Roundup

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