September 09 2013 03:34PM
The Nations Network sent some Jets Nation writers to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC this year. We'll have game reviews and practice notes throughout the week around the Network and on twitter @nhljetsnation, @kevinmccart, and @brettmartinlive
After a 7-2 drubbing of the Oilers prospects, the Jets Young Stars boasted the best goal differential after two games of any team in the tournament – a combined 12-5. The Oilers lost every game in the tournament, and I have commented elsewhere that their forward group is pugilistic and under-skilled. They brought seven left handed defencemen to the tournament, and the Jets played the worst of their three underwhelming netminders. It’s important in these moments that we put the boxcars and the results on the back burner and consider the process.
It was the tale of two games for the Jets, who dominated possession and zone time through two periods and out-shot the Oilers 26-21 through 40. During the second period the Oilers adjusted their forecheck to put the second man in the first passing lane instead of on the puck and the Jets started struggling to transition. Added to the change of possession was the Jets moving to a trap system in the third, which did little to stop the Oilers preferred dump and chase system. The Oilers also changed their powerplay to a funnel in the third (check the Oilers Nation post for details). that the Jets didn’t adjust to. The result? A final 20 minutes in which the Jets were out-shot 17-2, and out-scored 2-1.
September 09 2013 12:37PM
As the Nation Network prepares for the 2013-14 season, it is with great excitement that we can finally announce that Brian Sutherby has joined the company as the VP of Beatdowns, Gaming and general law enforcement.
September 08 2013 12:35PM
The optimisim in the air is certainly quite thick isn't it?
After a 7-2 sinking of the Oilers prospects (let's not forget that fact) on Saturday night, Twitter was abuzz with the hope and glory that this team, of prospects and potential future Winnipeg Jet players, would have in the many years to come.
Oh yes, I can see it now - the Winnipeg Jets 2017 Stanley Cup Champions...hold on.
I'm a Jets fan, but you've got to be kidding yourself if you can honestly predict that at this point in a season.
September 07 2013 07:06PM
The Nations Network sent some Jets Nation writers to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC this year. We'll have game reviews and practice notes throughout the weekend around the Network and on twitter @nhljetsnation, @kevinmccart, and @brettmartinlive
The Jets prospects had an impressive debut in their first game of the Young Stars tournament last night against the San Jose Sharks' prospects. In a 5-3 victory, the Jets put on a dynamic offensive performance, including two goals by former Islander Brenden Kichton. Though Scheifele wore the captain's "C," the team was led by the performance of Lowry, linemates JC Lipon and Nic Petan, and their blueline. Inside we'll go over some of the tactical aspects of the game and then look how each Jet played.
September 06 2013 11:37PM
Pretty lucky, us members of JetsNation are. This week marks the unofficial begining of the 2013-2014 NHL Season, as the Young Starts Prospect Tournament gets going in Penticton. It's a legitimate event on the NHL calender, one that is attended by Hockey Media heavyweights like TSN's Bob Mackenzie, amongst others. Also there, somewhat less understandably, is yours truly, as JetsNation boss Kevin McCartney (who's already there, that go-getter) and I descend on the Country's most hopping retirement community to catch some future NHL'ers.
I'm pretty excited as a) this means Hockey is back, b) my personal hell of a summer is over, and c) we'll get to relay to you a good look-see at the next wave of Winnipeg Jets. What other Jets blog out there can offer you this kind of coverage? Not a one! Unless some of them are indeed there, in which case, I will neither apologize nor acknowledge their existence.