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Where Shawn Matthias Will Help the Jets Most

As someone who usually covers the Canucks, one of my first thoughts when the Winnipeg Jets first signed Shawn Matthias was that he’d be able to help them out most on the penalty kill. Matthias has utility elsewhere. Up to the time of his joining the Jets, he was a surprisingly efficient rate producer of…

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Is the Time Now to Give Jack Roslovic a Shot?

A lot has gone well for the Winnipeg Jets this season, which goes ways towards explaining their record and place atop the Western Conference’s leaderboard. You had to know they were going to face adversity at some point though and in losing Mark Scheifele to injury in a Wednesday win over the Edmonton Oilers, they’re…

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Has Joel Armia Turned a Corner?

With his goal to get the Winnipeg Jets on the board last night, Joel Armia was able to set the groundwork for the comeback and eventual 7-2 romp over the Minnesota Wild.

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Is This Winnipeg Jets Team Good?

After manhandling the Minnesota Wild at home last night, the Winnipeg Jets now boast a 15-6-3 record, good for second place in the Western Conference’s ultra-competitive Central Division. It’s only November 27th, and a lot can change between now and April, but the Jets are firmly in command of a playoff position and have, so…

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Sami Niku Looking to Emerge From the Lofty Shadows of the Jets Blue Line

If you’ve been following the Winnipeg Jets at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton, it’s players like Logan Stanley, Tucker Poolman and maybe even Michael Spacek who were the main draw. What you might not have expected was Sami Niku leaving them all in his dust. The smooth-skating, transitional defenceman, whom the Jets took 198th…

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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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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #9 – Cale Makar

There likely isn’t a more dynamic offensive defenceman in this year’s draft than Cale Makar of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits. In the 53 years of the AJHL’s history, only 83 players have ever heard their name called at the NHL draft. Only three of them walked the stage in the first round,…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #13 – Owen Tippett

This draft might not possess a better pure goal scorer than Owen Tippett. His combination of speed, power and a deadly shot that many consider the best in his class make him a threat to score on any shift in a number of different ways. If you’re a fan of throwback hockey, you’ll love Tippett’s game. I…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #15 – Eeli Tolvanen

Players who can score at the drop of a hat are rare, and you can count Finnish sniper Eeli Tolvanen among them. You just don’t get a nickname like “The Finnish Tarasenko” without that kind of dynamism. Tolvanen caught everyone’s attention last season with an electric performance as a 17-year-old at the U18 tournament in Grand Forks,…