January 11 2017 02:00PM
Patrik Laine is an All-Star baby!
There may have been a handful of question marks that needed to be answered leading up to Tuesday's naming of the four NHL All-Star teams, but there was zero doubt who was going to be called upon to represent the Jets in Los Angeles at the end of January.
What is in doubt however is whether or not Laine will be medically cleared to play in the showcase event as he continues to go through the NHL's concussion protocalls after the hit he took this past weekend in Buffalo. All going well with the series of six tests that he will have to undertake one after another each day for six days in a row, he could be back and playing as early as next week. But he could also be sidelined for much, much longer and you best believe the Jets are not going to rush the young phenom back into any game action.
January 11 2017 12:00PM
Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017's potential free agency class.
With Brent Burns signed in San Jose, the 2017 unrestricted free agent defenceman market gets very thin very fast. You have Kevin Shattenkirk as your clear cut top option, especially for those teams who need a boost in production from the blue line. Then, after him, you have Karl Alzner, the best option for a team looking for a steady, consistent, shut down guy.
But as we've seen over the past few summers, teams are becoming skeptical of handing big contracts to stay at home defencemen like Alzner who contribute little offensively. Is he still going to be able to command the salary of a top pairing defenceman on the open market? With the league's gradual shift to analytics, is he still a valued commodity?
January 11 2017 11:00AM
The Winnipeg Jets look to build off the momentum the gained on Tuesday from a 2-0 shutout of the Calgary Flames against a Montreal Canadiens team that has had a very strong season but are on the start of a two game road trip through Winnipeg and Minnesota and are doing so missing a lot of regulars in the lineup.
January 10 2017 03:00PM
Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele is not only in a three-way tie for the Jets' lead in scoring but is also becoming one of the core members of the team. Still, there is plenty to be known about the 23-year-old, who has gone a long way since being drafted seventh overall in 2011.
January 10 2017 11:03AM
The Winnipeg Jets are at that point in the season — just past the midway point — where fans and media alike are starting to make firmer determinations in their minds as to whether or not they will be seeing playoff hockey for only the second time since the Atlanta Thrashers made their permanent migration north to the chilly and white winter hockey wonderland.