What would you do Wednesday: Righting the Ship

In this instalment of “What Would You
Do Wednesday”, I want to see what you, the readers, would do to help get the
Jets off their recent five-game losing skid. Don’t hold back and fight for what
you believe in.

THE SCENARIO

Before the NHL All-Star break the
Jets were one of the hottest teams in the league. The Jets had 60 points in 50
games, which put them seven points up on Calgary in the wild card race, 10
points up on Colorado for fourth in the Central Division and just two points
back of Chicago for third in the division. Needless to say they were sitting
pretty good at the unofficial halfway point of the season.

Fast forward two weeks and the Jets
have gone from sitting comfortable to fighting for their playoff lives with
seven other teams. There is just seven points separating the Jets, Flames,
Canucks, Sharks, Kings, Stars, Wild and Avalanche from fifth and twelfth in the
Western Conference.

Since the All-Star break the Jets
have gone 0-4-1 with three of their losses coming against conference rivals
(Dallas, Calgary and Vancouver). Also, Winnipeg has struggled with the man
advantage during this losing streak. They have converted on just two of 12
power plays in the past five games.

Goaltending has also been an issue
for the Jets over the past week and a half. Rookie netminder Michael
Hutchinson, who has been outstanding for the Jets this season, has allowed 12
goals in three games and was pulled in favour of Ondrej Pavelec in his last
game against the Flames. Pavelec has not been much better, giving up seven
goals in two starts. Both goalies will have to pick up their games should the
Jets want to continue fighting for a playoff spot.

In the past couple of games, scoring
has noticeably been coming from predominantly the Jets top line of Bryan
Little, Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd, who have five goals and eight assists
since the All-Star break. Winnipeg’s other lines have not been producing as
much for the team, Perreault/Scheifele/Frolik have a combined four points,
Kane/Lowry/Thorburn have seven and Galiardi/Slater/Peluso have zero. Could a
shuffle in the lines help out the Jets scoring woes?

HOW IT WORKS

Seeing as there are so many things
contributing to the Jets recent woes, I am leaving this open for your
discussion and interpretation. What would you do to help the Jets get back into
the groove they were in earlier in January?

Feel free to let us know what you
would do, would you switch up the goaltending situation? Would you make changes
to the power play units that have struggled mightily? Would you change up the
lines to try and find new explosive combinations? Would you make a trade to
shake up the locker room? If so who would you move and what would you want back?
You’re the GM, so you tell us in What Would You Do Wednesday!

  • ScheifeleDown

    First and foremost, Chevy has to pull the trigger on a deal for a forward. A fourth line that doesn’t play more than 6-8 minutes is killing the top 3 lines. Daniel Winnik seems to be the best option for a bottom six role. I’d even like to see Cormier be given a shot at the fourth line, since Slater is largely ineffective. Maybe a little shakeup of the second and third lines would also be in order since all the skill is on Scheifele’s line and all the grit is on Lowry’s. Spread it out and try another combination. Perhaps Scheifele between Kane and Frolik? And Perreault with Lowry and Winnik?
    Also, I’m not to sure I like Buff going back with Enstrom. But at the very least, Trouba should be your second pairing over Bogo right now. Or why not try them together? I know…two righties….but Stuart has been terrible lately.

  • I’m not really too nervous about the PP. 2/12 is under league average but 3/12 would actually be above.

    Goaltending has been a mess, part because they played bad and part because of so many PKs (will get to that). I probably still run Hutch more often than Pavs… maybe 2:1 until/if Hutch regresses to Pav’s numbers.

    PK though. Oh god. Not only has their been waaaay to many of them; they’ve been really bad at it.

    What I do? Getting an underrated cheap bottom 6 guy would be awesome. Thinking guys like Goc, Winnik, Bergenheim, Kenedy, etc. Losing Thor and/or Stu might be icing on the cake if I can pull it off in the trade.

    Other than that, stay calm and cary on. Jets aren’t contenders but they are young and getting better.

    I’d probably make the second line Kane-Perreault-Frolik… then the third Lowry-Scheifele-Trade guy (if winger).