The Good and Bad of the 2015 Offseason (Looking Back): Central Division

Cam Lewis
January 29 2016 10:17AM

A few months ago, I looked at all of the moves each team had made over the offseason with the goal of figuring out which trades and signings were good and bad, and what each teams goals were and whether or not they did a good job of making personnel changes to achieve them. Now, since an adequate amount of time has passed, I'm going to pull those assessments up, throw on my hindsight goggles, and look back on the good and the bad moves from the 2015 offseason. 

The Hawks executed another successful re-tool in the midst of sinking into cap hell, hitting a home run on undrafted Russian free agent Artemi Panarin. The Colorado Avalanche have brought Avsalytics back to life and are doing their best to defy statistics, and this time, it's probably even more puzzling than last. And the Dallas Stars attempt to become the Chicago Blackhawks last summer has helped turn them into a legitimate contender. Let's get into it. 

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Nic Petan is quietly having himself quite the season

Garret Hohl
January 29 2016 09:10AM

We recently discussed some of the issues with the Winnipeg Jets' farm team (part 1 and part 2).

However, not all news from the Manitoba Moose is bad news. While the team has indeed struggle immensely and the support from the veteran talent has been all but non-existent, there has been an exceptional skater despite having their exploits lost in the shuffle of a terrible team.

Let's take a look at Nic Petan's performance compared to some other individuals.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 29 2016 06:00AM

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LeafsNation is now TankNation, Wideman runs over ref in Calgary, Barkov's contract impact on Sean Monahan, a Horvat for Douin trade possible in Vancouver, Ken Holland shouldn't have a phone at the trade deadline, Jets look to sign Byfuglien and not Ladd, Nail Yakupov positive possession in Edmonton, a look around the NHL at the break, all kinds of trade deadline scenarios and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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How are the Manitoba Moose vets performing?

Garret Hohl
January 28 2016 01:23PM

The Moose are arguably the worst team in the American Hockey League. They get out shot a lot; they get out scored a lot. The team struggles to prevent goals and they struggle to produce them.

We previously discussed how the Manitoba Moose have been over reliant on their youngest players to produce offence.

While the Jets' prospects and other young players on the Moose have not been exactly league leaders in scoring, there is a huge issue with the veteran players inability to produce as they should.

Is it due to the Moose's choice in veterans though or is it maybe something else?

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Scheifele's back: What about his next contract?

Mack Irwin
January 27 2016 02:40PM

It feels good to win a game every once in a while.

Last night's win against the Arizona Coyotes, highlighted by Nikolaj Ehlers' first-ever hat trick, was as cathartic for the struggling Jets as it was exciting for their fans. But as basement-dwellers in the Central Division, the Jets' playoff hopes are vanishingly slim (10% according to hockeyviz.com, just 4% at sportsclubstats.com.) 

So our attention has shifted to the future: who will be traded, who will be re-signed, and the rest. Amidst all the uncertainty about Winnipeg's free agents, Mark Scheifele's next contract has been largely ignored.

Unlike Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd, Scheifele isn't a pending UFA. And unlike Jacob Trouba, there have been no reports of exorbitant contract asks. But the former seventh-overall pick is one of the Jets' best forwards, and is just hitting his prime. Let's take a crack at projecting his next deal.

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