June 06 2016 11:07AM
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 Adam Lowry's 2015-2016 season.
June 06 2016 09:44AM
Two of the Jets most promising players are due for a raise this offseason. Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba's entry level contract's are set to expire and there is lots of decision making to be had with the two restricted free agents. Will the Jets lock both for the long term? What could each player demand with term and dollar? Could one of the two be on it's way out of Winnipeg?
Let's break it down.
June 06 2016 08:00AM
Though Julien Gauthier entered this season hot off the heels of a point-plus-per-game rookie season in the QMJHL and a presumptive spot in the top ten of this year's entry draft, his star has fallen to the middle of the first-round by most accounts. The Nation Network's consensus aligns closely with that assessment, as Gauthier checks in at 16th by our reckoning.
Part of the trepidation is production related. Though Gauthier had shown proficiency as a playmaker in his two QMJHL seasons prior, he was infamously dubbed this year's Cy Young winner for his lofty imbalance of goals to assists, with his 41 goals met by a paltry 16 helpers. Given that Gauthier posted a 38 goal, 35 assist season the year prior, that represents a sizeable step back no matter the context.
Gauthier's physical toolkit is rivalled by few in this class, though, and that's what's kept him in the conversation as a high first-round selection. His combination of size, speed, power and offensive instincts make him a handful for defenders -- more often than not they're left in his wake or bowled over entirely. We'll try to make sense of the disconnect between his tools and production as we break down Gauthier and his long-term prospects of developing into a bona fide NHL forward.
June 05 2016 08:00AM
Coming in as our 17th ranked prospect, is Penticton Vees defenceman Dante Fabbro.
The smooth skating defenceman was a force for what many expected to be the eventual BCHL champions. but their season was cut short after a 2nd round loss to West Kelowna. For Fabbro personally, the loss may have been a blessing in disguise as he was able to suit up for Canada at the U18 World Junior Championships.
This allowed him to play against the top players from all over the world with hopes of mitigating the questions of whether his success at the junior A level in Penticton would translate. We think it did, thus he falls just outside of the top 15 for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
June 04 2016 11:34AM
Coming in at 18 on the Nation Network's prospect ranking is NCAA defenseman Charlie McAvoy. McAvoy combines strong skating, high hockey IQ, and superb vision to create a tantalizing package for a draft eligible defenseman.
After the jump we'll take a look at McAvoy as a player with some risk, but also a great amount of upside.