September 16 2015 02:04PM
The YoungStars tournament has come to a close. The Juniour Winnipeg Jets went 1-2-0 but not all is loss.
The weather was nice. The people were friendly. Hockey was played. And we got to watch some of our favourite prospects play our favourite sport.
Between Canucks' Army and Jets' Nation, we had four analysts sitting beside each other, which made it easy to watch the game while tracking a few numbers.
Not much can be made of a maximum of three game sample, whether by eye-test or numbers, but let's break down some of the tournament.
September 16 2015 11:17AM
Last year the Winnipeg Jets suffered some significant injuries to both their forward and defensive cores. To patch the holes temporarily, the Jets' General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff traded for Jiri Tlusty and Lee Stempniak.
After the dust settled, the Jets became a team able to play four lines without much risk of playing penalty kill hockey at 5-on-5.
Michael Frolik has now left the Jets, but his roster spot --and perhaps his role-- has been replaced by the return of Alexander Burmistrov.
However, the loss of both Tlusty and Stempniak has sent the Jets fourth line back to unknowns of prospects and AHL fringe players.
Will the Jets finally be able to dress a competent fourth line this year, or will it be a return of the shorthanded even strength chase in the defensive zone?
September 15 2015 01:39PM
Screen cap courtesy: TSN.ca
Bob McKenzie, being the elite hockey reporter he is, conducted an interview with the General Manager for each of Western Canada's four NHL hockey teams.
One of these four of course is the Winnipeg Jets. McKenzie produced some interesting quotes from Jets' Kevin Cheveldayoff.
The full 30-minute interview can be seen here on TSN, but here are what we think is the five most interest topics McKenzie and Cheveldayoff discussed.
September 15 2015 09:21AM
You remember Facebook right? It was that cool social media website that you spent all your time on before your mom and dad joined and you discovered how much better Twitter is. You probably still check in on Facebook from time to time if only to clear out all the Candy Crush invites you get from your auntie but now you have a new reason to constantly check in with Facebook... Jets Nation!
September 14 2015 05:13PM
After what was a bit of an embarrassing show the first two games in the torunament, the Winnipeg Jets were able to bounce back strong and take the then undefeated Edmonton Oilers in overtime.
It may be a Monday afternoon in September, but there was hockey today in Penticton, British Columbia.