July 21 2015 10:57AM
Okay, okay. I understand that a "all-time best" is a bit silly for a team with only four seasons accumulated. And yes, we could expand the sample by including franchise history (Atlanta Thrashers) or city history (WHA and older NHL Jets).
Still, this is a new team in many ways despite it's relationship to the past.
The exercise also gives us an opportunity (and an excuse) to use WAR-on-Ice's Goals Above Replacement, a holistic statistic that estimates a player's impact on goal differentials by combining their performance in shot differentials, scoring, penalty differentials, and face offs relative to a replacement level player. It's an imperfect statistic, but is a good place to start the conversation.
For the research, we will limit our looks at players who played at least a full season for the Winnipeg Jets. Let's take a look.
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July 17 2015 07:00AM
Kesler's new contract and the Dave Nonis effect, Leafs salary cap situation, Flames new guys provide more options, what the numbers predict for Vancouver next season, Oilers interested in Seabrook, have no one to blame but themselves for Justin Schultz and more in this week's Roundup.
July 14 2015 02:21PM
While many of the Winnipeg Jets' players are fishing, golfing, or conducting their offseason training outside of Winnipeg, one Jet - and a formerly defected Jet at that - has not only swung by for a visit, but stuck around town.
This week Alexander Burmistrov was spotted joining the Borussia Dortmund Bonivital Boys Soccer Club for a practice, and did so in partial incognito fashion.
July 14 2015 02:02PM
Every year at the NHL Entry Draft a number of teams make really smart decisions on their picks (Islanders, Jets) while other teams seem to fall on their face (Bruins). At the end of the 210 picks, inevitably there are players every year who are not chosen despite showing potential to be better than average picks. This makes these players currently Unrestricted Free Agents and available to be signed to contracts by teams who feels they have potential.
Looking back at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, MoneyPuck used PCS to look back at those players who had a high chance of success at the NHL level. (Un)surprisingly many were invited to teams camps and many went on to become important players on their teams, invited to World Juniors, and some were even signed to NHL teams.
With a current baseline of 8% of forwards and 5.6% of defencemen drafted move on to become NHL regulars, we can use PCS to look back at the 2015 draft and see players who should be invited to camps and are good bets to spend an ELC on.
July 14 2015 01:31PM
The Winnipeg Jets selected Erik Foley at 78th overall.
Foley is a physical player with a great worth ethic. He is a tireless forechecker, and great possession player.
Check out some of Foley's highlights last season.