Slicing and Dicing the Jets: Andrew Ladd 2015-2016

Garret Hohl
June 15 2016 01:19PM

The Winnipeg Jets missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons since the move to Manitoba, and the 14th time over 16 seasons over franchise history. The season does not end for us though at Jets Nation.

Welcome to our series where we take an analytical approach, dissecting what went wrong with the Jets 2015-2016 season and how to improve the team for next year.

We turn our evidence-based breakdown of the Jets with Andrew Ladd's 2015-2016 season.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #7 Mikhail Sergachyov

J.D. Burke
June 15 2016 08:00AM

Mikhail Sergachyov built a strong case as the draft's best defenceman in his first year with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. The Russian defender, who was selected sixth overall in the CHL Import Draft last summer, checks in as the seventh-ranked prospect in our consensus rankings.

The Spitfires played Sergachyov, an OHL rookie, primarily on their top pairing and used him in both phases of special teams. Sergachyov shined in those minutes, amassing the highest points, primary points and goals among first-time draft eligible defenceman in the OHL -- well ahead of Olli Juolevi and Jakob Chychrun. Those accolades pushed Sergachyov up draft boards and built a strong case for his Max Kaminsky Trophy award, given to the CHL's top defenceman. 

There's a lot to like about Sergachyov and very few boxes unchecked on the long list of qualities one hopes for in a top pairing defender. Sergachyov can skate, hit, pass and is an ace in transition. He's also a right-side defender, in spite of his left-handedness. Let's take a look at this late-risers long-term NHL prospects, on the other side of the jump.

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Slicing and Dicing the Jets: Andrew Copp 2015-2016

Garret Hohl
June 14 2016 01:48PM

The Winnipeg Jets missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons since the move to Manitoba, and the 14th time over 16 seasons over franchise history. The season does not end for us though at Jets Nation.

Welcome to our series where we take an analytical approach, dissecting what went wrong with the Jets 2015-2016 season and how to improve the team for next year.

We turn our evidence-based breakdown of the Jets with Andrew Copp's 2015-2016 season.

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Nation Network Prospect Profile #8: Jakob Chychrun

Jeremy Davis
June 14 2016 08:00AM

Jakob Chychrun

The Jakob Chychrun tale took on somewhat of a life of its own over the course of the 2015-16 season. Once thought to be among the best talents available this year, the Sarnia Sting rearguard has slid down most rankings and gets plenty of shade thrown his way as a result. There are plenty that believe that he's still the top defenceman available though, so where does the truth lay?

As always, the truth rests somewhere in the middle, and a deeper look into his season and the narratives that ensued shows a promising young player with a lot of physical tools who was undone by expectations more than anything else.

Jakob Chychrun checks in at #8 on our draft rankings.

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Nation Network Prospect Profile #9: Olli Juolevi

Jeremy Davis
June 13 2016 08:00AM

Olli Juolevi 2

For the majority of this season, London Knights defenceman Olli Juolevi was in contention for the mantle of "best defenceman available" at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, duking it out with fellow OHL blueliners Jakob Chychrun and Mikhail Sergachev. Unreal performances in international tournaments drew a wealth of attention his way, and playing on the Memorial Cup winning London Knights certainly didn't hurt.

At the end of the year, with the draft fast approaching, Juolevi ranks as the third best defenceman available, according to our rankings. However, the situation is still fluid enough that he could go at any time and could very well be the first defenceman to have his name called on June 24th.

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