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Free Agency 2017: The Market For Goaltenders

Free Agent Frenzy is almost upon us. We’ve gone through an Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft, and on Saturday, the annual tradition of throwing a bunch of money at players will begin. Over the next few days, I’m going to dive into the unrestricted free agent market and map out who’s available and who’s going…

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Jets Goalie Search Begins in Earnest

If you’ve been a fan of the Winnipeg Jets for almost any length of time, you’ve heard this before: the Winnipeg Jets would have made the playoffs last year if they’d had even average goaltending. It’s a line that’s been true of the Jets more than once. This year the numbers indicated the Jets had…

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Samberg: “Glad to be a Winnipeg Jet”

There was no way the Winnipeg Jets could leave this draft without addressing the glaring deficiencies on the left side of their blue line. Defence is the weakest part of their prospect pipeline, but the left is especially barren. Taking Finnish winger Kristian Vesalainen at 24th overall, while reasonable, didn’t address that need, raising the…

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10 Thoughts On The Awards And Drafts Weekend

It’s been a bit of a crazy four days in the hockey world as the NHL handed out awards, filled out the roster of it’s 31st and newest franchise with actual players, discussed possible changes to the game, saw a handful of deals being made and drafted 217 players. With the 2017 NHL draft done…

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Jets select Leon Gawanke 136th overall

With the 136th overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Jets select Defenseman Leon Gawanke from Cape Breton of the QMJHL. Gawanke, 18, is a native of Berlin, Germany and is a right shot defenseman. The 6’1″, 186lb d-man had 32 points (8 goals, 24 assists) with Cape Breton in 54 games this season,…

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Winnipeg Jets Draft Johnathan Kovacevic 74th Overall

With the 74th overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Jets select Defenseman Johnathan Kovacevic from Merrimack College in Hockey East. Kovacevic, 19, is a native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and is a right shot defenseman. The 6’4″, 208lb d-man put up 19 points (3 goals, 16 assists) for Merrimack last season.  He was…

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Winnipeg Jets Draft Dylan Samberg 43rd Overall

With the 43rd overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Jets select Defenseman Dylan Samberg from Hermantown High School in Minnesota. Samberg, 18, is a native of Saginaw, Minnesota, and is a left shot defenseman. The 6’3″, 190lb defenseman put up 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) for Hermantown High School in Minnesota. He…

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Jets Re-Sign Pending RFA Ben Chiarot

Late Friday Night after the first round of the NHL Draft and well after everyone assumed that NHL General Managers were done for the night, according to a tweet from TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, Kevin Cheveledayoff has inked defenseman and pending restricted free agent Ben Chiarot to a two year extension worth 2.8 million. The Jets…

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Winnipeg Jets Draft Kristian Vesalainen

With the 24th overall selection* in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Jets select Forward Kristian Vesalainen from Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League. Vesalainen, 18, is a native of Helsinki Finland, and plays both left and right wing. The 6’3″, 209lb winger put up 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists) for Frolunda HC, and looks…