The Winnipeg Jets will go into this upcoming season with a handful of questions from goaltending and defense, but the one thing that can’t really be questioned is the talent they have at forward.
The Jets boasted four players who had 25+ goals last season – you can argue it could have been five players had Bryan Little not missed 23 games, he finished with 21 goals on the season. Blake Wheeler cemented his status as a complete player who can score, set up plays, defend and play physical. Mark Scheifele established himself as one of the league’s top centers. Patrik Laine burst onto the scene and led the Jets in goals while Nik Ehlers persevered through a couple of prolonged scoring slumps and still finished with 25 goals on the season.
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Those five players alone would be the envy of a lot of teams in the league and no matter who you’d put in that sixth forward slot, those top two lines would be among the best on the NHL.
One can not overlook Mathieu Perreault who proved that when put in the role of a top six forward and fully healthy, he can perform at a very high level. Don’t forget about Kyle Connor who did struggle at times in his first NHL stint, but the 20 year old absolutely lit up AHL scoreboards to the tune of 25 goals and 44 points in 52 games.
We’ve talked at length about Adam Lowry who fares well on the third line but would be even better on a fourth line center role leading a line that can handle themselves defensively and still provide a bit of offensive punch.
And of course as we go into talking about the third and fourth lines, answers start to really vary in terms of who goes where. Joel Armia, Nic Petan, Andrew Copp, and Marko Dano all factor in.
What Would You Do JetsNation?
With all that in mind, today we ask… What would your forward lines look like to start the season? Where would Perreault figure into your plans and would he do so as a winger or as a center behind Scheifele? Would you keep Brian Little up in the top six, or would you put him on a third line and give the Jets three strong scoring lines? Do you believe Adam Lowry is third line capable and would you be willing to bump Petan or Dano into a top six role?
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