March 26 2014 11:50AM
Yesterday we had a terrific article by Dave Wheeler from Wheeler In the Morning about the Jets making strides over the past three seasons. No doubt, a 10th place finish in the West is better than a 10th place finish in the Southeast, and the Jets logged more travel miles this season than in their first thanks to the geographic spread of Western cities. The circumstances are harder, so running in place is actually a sign of improvement.
Still, it's slow improvement and has a low ceiling so far. The GM claims to be building from within and building toward a long-term, renewable success - something we can all get behind in principle.
However, I’m on record as being more cynical about this plan. Do we really have to wait 5 more years for the Jets to make the playoffs? When does this GM intend to compete for the serious hardware? Are the Jets really growing players who will be better than what they have right now?
March 25 2014 05:51AM
I'm tired of people saying that the Winnipeg Jets haven't gotten any better since last season. The brass for the Jets since the get-go have stated that this team is going to build through the draft, and build a team reminiscent of The Pittsburgh Penguins and The Chicago Blackhawks. Chevy being the former Asst. GM for the Hawks and working under Scotty and Stan Bowman, it's believable that he may have picked up a habit or two from these two brilliant minds. Sure, the Pens hit the jackpot with Crosby and Malkin in back to back years, and Hawks didn't do too shabby with local boy Johnny Toews and Patrick Kane in their own draft. Looking at the Jets draft history thus far, names like Schieffle and Trouba, although superstars in their own right, won't have the opportunity to shine in the league until they hit the post season, and the rest of the NHL gets to see them test their metal. If only every team (especially ours) had a european scouting staff like the Red Wings, who don't even take their feet off the table at the draft until the 4th round. With the latest landscape in the Western Conference, it's hard to think that the Jets are making it promise land this year, to add 3 years in a row that the franchise will be looked upon as a disappointment in the history books.
March 21 2014 11:44AM
Now most of my hockey fantasies include Jordan Eberle, a bottle of sherry, a roaring fire and a DVD of All Dogs Go To Heaven. So when I heard about a video called the Fantasy Minute I was understandably excited.
Today we are introducing the Fantasy Minute but be forewarned - it's about fantasy hockey not necessarily fantasies about hockey. Oh and the mega babe host. No big deal.
March 18 2014 07:21PM
Fenwick Chart via Extraskater.com
Despite being completely out-possessed throughout the entire game, the scoring chance count was actually relatively close. Was this a result of solid defense from the Jets, or strategy by the Blues?
March 18 2014 07:17PM
In a game that ended with pure insanity, the St. Louis Blues put on a clinic of how to play in the neutral zone, control possession, and simply grind a team on the second half of a back to back out of the game. It was this kind of play that ultimately led to the penalties, frustration, and shenanigans that we saw in the end.