Jets Prospect Update - November 30th

November 30 2015 12:57PM

Big weekends from Tucker Poolman and Jansen Harkins paced the prospects this week as we check in with the prospects update.

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Friedman: Islanders 'said no' to Jets offer of Byfuglien for Hamonic

Thomas Drance
November 30 2015 10:36AM

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The status of key pending unrestricted free agents stars Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd is the biggest Winnipeg Jets story going this season.

There are a variety of other interesting Jets subplots - from how Connor Hellebuyck and Nikolaj Ehlers fare in their first taste of NHL action, to how the Jets sort through contract issues with pending restricted players like Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele - but how this small market (albeit successful) club opts to deal with Ladd and Byfuglien is a bigger, global-type issue.

Do the Jets believe in this core group of players? Are they willing to let one or both of Ladd and Byfuglien walk? These are easily the biggest questions facing this organization this season. And of late, this mammoth quandary has intersected with the availability of New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic - a Manitoba-born defenseman eager to play for the Jets. 

On Monday, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman - who recently opined that the Jets re-engaged Byfuglien in contract extension talks in the context of getting their ducks in a row on the Hamonic front - suggested in a radio appearance on Sportsnet 960 that the Jets have offered the Islanders a Byfuglien for Hamonic swap. Obviously it wasn't enough to convince the Islanders to do the deal.

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Jets Nation Recap: Buried By An Avalanche Of Mistakes, Jets Lose 5-3

Art Middleton
November 28 2015 11:56PM


That was fun while it lasted.

A day after playing a game in Minnesota much like they had all of last season with tight checking, disciplined play, the Winnipeg Jets regressed back to the form we have seen from them more often than not this season.

Less than ideal goaltending, bad turnovers and poor defensive coverage leading to early mistakes doomed the Jets to a 5-3 loss against the Colorado Avalanche.

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JGD 25: Jets Look For Revenge Against Colorado Avalanche

Vinnie Criscenzo
November 28 2015 12:19PM


If anyone read yesterday's game preview, you will understand why I am so happy right now. 

Not only did the Jets win 3-1 against a Minnesota Wild team who have been dominant at home and just had Zach Parise return to the lineup, but Connor Hellebuyck ended up making his NHL debut with his first NHL start and grabbed his first NHL win. 

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Jets Nation Recap: Jets Take Flight Over the Wild

November 27 2015 08:11PM

The Winnipeg Jets hoped to take flight again after a tumultuous span that has seen them go (insert record) and lose goaltender Ondrej Pavelec to injury. Luckily some guy named Connor Hellebuyck was up to the task and led the Jets to a 3-1 victory over the Wild.

Lets take a look at the game.

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