September 21 2014 05:20PM
Awe yes, it's that time of the year again everybody.
The zamboni's have finished their final tune-ups, and the equipment has been laid out by the equipment managers. The players have made their way to the ice a few times, hooking up with their new linemates.
The coaches have come up with a presentation and plan on what kind of systems their team will be running. Management has their eyes ready to watch and evaluate which players will be representing their organization when the puck drops for real next month.
The Winnipeg Jets have a wide array of training camp hopefuls that can will be deciding their fates with their play in the pre-season.With a large array of two-way contracts fighting for positions, it's anybody's guess who will be wearing the navy blue and white jerseys come opening night.
September 19 2014 07:30AM
Zach Bogosian has had his fair share of criticism and praise throughout his career. After beginning his NHL career with nine goals in 47 games making many believe he had the potential to be the team's go-to blue liner. Fast forward to today and Bogosian is simply an overpaid second pairing defenseman.
It's not a bad thing.
September 15 2014 08:19PM
After appearing in 46 regular season games in his first season with the Jets, Matt Halischuk was allowed to test the open market this off-season. Fast forward a couple months, and Halischuk never signed a deal with another NHL team. Instead, Halischuk was brought back into the mix for the Jets on a two-way deal carrying a $725K cap hit.
September 11 2014 08:00AM
I remember the first time I ever watched Tobias Enstrom play in the NHL and I remember the announcers declaring that in the old NHL, this is a player that never would have made the big leagues. Enstrom was a 23-year old rookie defenseman for the Atlanta Thrashers and he was only 5'10. One thing was evident however, and that was that this kid could flat out play.
September 10 2014 06:35PM
When a defenseman makes his NHL debut as a late-blooming 25-year-old, the player is usually not expected to be an elite player, but still serviceable enough to play 5/6 roles for his team.
That is the story of Grant Clitsome. Clitsome was a 9th round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (The last draft to have more than the seven rounds we are used to today) for the Columbus Blue Jackets. After completing his college career at Clarkson University in 2008, he began his pro career suiting up for the Syracuse Crunch for the following two seasons.