Slicing and Dicing the Jets: What happened to the Jets at Evens?

Garret Hohl
May 26 2016 09:33AM

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 Nations.

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.

This time for our series, we look at the Jets performance for even strength.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #27 Rasmus Aspland

Cammers
May 26 2016 07:00AM

Rasmus Asplund comes in at 27th in the Nation Network prospect rankings. The 18 year old Swede plays centre and left wing in the SHL for Farjestad BK. 

Lets take a look at the young forward.

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Prospect Vids | Jansen Harkins 2015-16 Highlights

Anthony Lenting
May 25 2016 10:10AM

Jansen Harkins comes off another successful season with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL. Harkins scored 24 goals and 33 assists for 57 points. While he did not match his point total from the previous season, Harkins scored 4 more goals. A first round exit from the WHL playoffs meant Jansen had a chance to showcase his skills in the AHL, with 3 points in 6 games for the Moose.

The B.C. native will challenge for a spot on the Jets next season, and due to the CHL-NHL agreement, will be returned to Prince George if he does not make the NHL club. Check out the highlights after the jump!

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #28 Will Bitten

J.D. Burke
May 25 2016 08:00AM

Will Bitten has seen some stuff, man. Though immensely talented and beaming with promise, the 2017 draft prospect just survived most bizarre seasons a franchise has ever endured in the rich history of the Canadian Hockey League.

The Flint Firebirds were a trainwreck last season. The team's owner fired their coach after he refused to play his son often enough. The team walked out on ownership. Ownership was then forced to re-hire said coach by the league, before inevitably firing him before the end of the season. The league then enforced suspensions, fines and other punitive measures as a result. Did I mention this was their inaugural season, too?

Throughout all this, Bitten remained defiantly productive and showcased high-end talent and poise as the rock that kept the Firebirds ship from washing ashore entirely. As Jeff Marek so aptly described the situation for Bitten on an episode of his junior hockey podcast, "he was everything for that hockey team". That's high praise for a 17-year-old. Bitten wasn't underserving of the distinction though and we'll explain why as we introduce him as the 28th ranked prospect in our profile series.

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Jets Nation Podcast: NHL Entry Draft Preview (31-60)

Cody B
May 25 2016 05:00AM

Canadian hockey fans can become bored at this time of year with no Canadian teams in the playoffs, and the meaningless World Hockey championship wrapping up on the weekend. 

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