March 27 2013 08:07AM
This won’t be a long article, and it is not going to be loaded with in-depth stats. If anything, I am writing it simply as a ‘tip of the hat‘ to a player that for the majority of this season I have been very hard on.
That’s not to say I wasn’t right to be hard on Ondrej Pavelec. After all, he was at times God awful for at least half of the season. His glove hand was pitiful, his rebound control left nothing to be desired, and it could be said that he costed the Jets a handful of games.
Let me take you back to March 8th.
March 26 2013 06:04PM
Olli Jokinen was a free agent signing by the Jets this off-season - a two year, $9million deal intended to give Scheifele time to develop, add veteran depth down the middle, and create goals. He'd come off seasons of 54 and 61 points in Calgary (version 2), and though he is far removed from his 90 point seasons in Florida, Jokinen's lowest scoring season in the inter-lockout period was a 50 point campaign split between the Flames and Rangers. That is, until his 23 point pace with the Jets this year. And to be clear, that's a 23 point pace over an 82 game season. Boxcars aren't everything, but I can't help but start with the question, how bad has he been? It's not for the weak of stomach.
March 26 2013 11:43AM
It doesn't get any bigger than this. Well, it actually does - specifically this Saturday at the MTS Centre. But until then, this is as big as it gets. Tonight, your Winnipeg Jets travel to Raleigh, North Carolina to face the Carolina Hurricanes.
March 25 2013 11:20AM
Poor Evander Kane. And Jets fans as a whole. While Blake Wheeler, Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little form a consideble trio with fairly reliable and successful chemistry, Evander Kane has been saddled with a "who's who" of players you don't want lining up with your budding young star.
March 24 2013 12:58PM
Opportunities. Throughout the span of an NHL season, a team will be provided with a plethora of opportunities. In a normal 82 game season, it is quite important to take advantage of such opportunities if you want to make the playoffs. In a 48 game season? It becomes absolutely vital. For the second time this season the Jets spoiled an opportunity to really take hold of the Southeast Division and prove to everyone that they belong in the playoffs, and in doing so have provided an opportunity for Carolina to swoop right back in over the next week and take back that control. Today is another opportunity to make that task just a little bit harder awaits the Jets at the MTS Centre tonight.