August 29 2014 01:45PM
Arriving from Atlanta, the Jets 2.0 had limited prospect depth and not enough NHL-quality players to fill out a lineup card. The major questions facing the franchise followed from those deficiencies - where can we find more NHL-quality players, and how can we make that pipeline sustainable? For GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, the answer to both is the draft.
Last year we took a look at the Jets' organizational depth chart, sussing out the top prospects likely to make an NHL impact from the long shots and the falling suspects. Having graduated Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba from last year's crop of Blue Chip prospects while in the same year finishing last in the Central Division in both Wins and Points, there's a fair argument that the 'Cheveldayoff Method' is faulty. But with just three years on the job and the rookies making an impact, patience is still required.
Inside we'll examine who the next generation of Jets might be with an eye to both the future and the present roster. We start with the team's Top Prospects.
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August 29 2014 08:05AM
NHL reportedly looking at expansion, the changing world of sports journalism, Flames expectations, comparing Justin Schultz to PK Subban and more in this weeks Roundup
August 29 2014 07:15AM
The Winnipeg Jets will be entering the 2014-15 NHL season with very low expectations. The team was unable to add any special pieces to contribute to the team's growth, and seem somewhat comfortable with the group they have going into next season.
The good news is that low expectations can be met easily and any slight improvement over what many are predicting will be considered a win for the organization. The bad news is that the low expectations are where the team is at today.
August 29 2014 02:00AM
He's an enigma, a money-grubbing youngster, and a supreme young talented NHL forward. Yes, i'm talking about power forward Evander Kane.
Kane went through various ups and downs last year, with his off-ice immaturity leading to questions about his character and his on-ice performance being deemed not good enough to fight off character issues. Paul Maurice made Evander Kane a healthy scratch a time or two last season, and we'll see what kind of affect that has on the young player.
August 27 2014 08:17AM
I knew something was up when we recorded a new podcast last night and there was no major NHL news to report. Usually when that happens something goes kablooey the second we upload it. Low and behold, apparently the NHL is close to expanding by four teams, including another one in Toronto, by 2017.