5 things: How good is Hellebuyck?

Ryan Lambert
January 08 2016 04:43PM

1. The story so far

The prolonged absence due to injury of Ondrej Pavelec and the relatively poor play of Michael Hutchinson created something of a whirlwind that swept Connor Hellebuyck to power, and now it seems as if that power won't be relinquished any time soon.

Hellebuyck didn't exactly get a slow run-out with the Jets, and was instead thrown pretty quickly into the fire, but has excelled to an almost ludicrous extent. Behind the same team and in close to the same number of games, Hellebuyck has a save percentage more than 30 points higher than either of the previous Jets' goalies, and one wonders if that forces Winnipeg to make some very tough decisions when Pavelec comes back from injury.

This is, after all, a team which is holding on tenuously to realistic playoff hopes (they entered Friday four points back of Nashville for the final wild card spot, the only one to which they have any sort of realistic access) and Hellebuyck seems to be the only goaltender who can actually get them there. A combined .937 save percentage across 14 appearances will yield a 9-4-1 record pretty much of the time, and even there you have to say he's been a bit unlucky if nothing else. The Jets' penalty-killing problems are often discussed and illustrated once again on a pretty much nightly basis at this point, and Hellebuyck is as much a victim as anyone. He, unlike the other goalies to man the Winnipeg crease this season, at least has the ludicrous 5-on-5 numbers to overcome even the worst penalty kill on a lot of nights.

And that's a quality he's shown far more often than not in his career.

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5 things: Paying Andrew Ladd

Ryan Lambert
November 06 2015 02:23PM

Editor's note: Ryan Lambert talks about five things to look at with the Andrew Ladd pending free agent situation.

Let's take a look.

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5 things: Early Calder Candidates

Ryan Lambert
October 31 2015 08:00AM

We're now 10 or 11 games into the season for just about everyone in the league, and already some of the wheat in the "Calder Consideration" pool is starting to separate from the chaff.

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Five things: Is a quiet summer a good thing?

Ryan Lambert
July 10 2015 10:54AM

It's nearing mid-July and rosters are starting shape out for the next season.

Have the Winnipeg Jets done enough to make it into the playoffs once again?

Let's take a look after the jump.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #2 Jack Eichel

Ryan Lambert
June 26 2015 11:00AM

We're getting down to the nitty gritty here at the Nation Network draft profiles. In fact, we're down the No. 2 guy on everyone's draft board, and our very last profile. Yup it's Buffalo-bound Jack Eichel, who is largely considered the second- or third-best prospect to come along in the last several years (behind you-know-who this year, and Nathan MacKinnon two years back). 

A lot has been said about Eichel by this point, but here's a run-down.

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