The Fansided NHL Network, that SenShot is proud to be a member of, is embarking on its NHL preview. Each day in September, one of its members will be posting a preview for their club. SenShot will look at their preview, and let you have a look. After that, we will provide our own perspective. Jared will handle the Western Conference teams while Tony will look at the East.
Today, we’ll preview the Winnipeg Jets.
Here’s what Hockey at the Fork‘s lead writer, Steve Fetch had to say:
The big news, obviously, is that a huge wrong was corrected over the summer when True North Sports and Entertainment purchased the Atlanta Thrashers and brought the Jets back. On the ice, however, there might not be much cause for optimism.
The Jets’ top line of Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler looks to be at least an above average one. Last year Wheeler had an equal goal scoring rate to some Alex Ovechkin guy, and as I have covered with Ladd, he has the ability to direct play and dominate opponents despite playing against tough competition as well as starting a good number of shifts in his own zone.
Things look bleak for now. The previous regime in Atlanta did a pretty horrible job with trades and drafting. I think there are reasons to believe both will improve though: The Eric Fehr trade was a good one, their signings were all very good, and although I didn’t approve of some of their draft picks they didn’t have a ton of time to get the new scouting staff installed before the draft. Scheifele might not have the upside a #7 pick should, but he looks like a guaranteed NHLer, which is always nice.
I think Winnipeg will finish somewhere around 12 or 13 in the East and have a pretty high lottery pick next summer, when they will start to stock the farm system. But, no matter how things go in the standings, the prevailing sentiment is that it’s great to just be playing some NHL hockey in Winnipeg again. We’re back baby.
Click here to read the entire Hockey at the Forks’ Winnipeg preview.
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Here’s SenShot’s take on the upcoming Jet’s season:
There’s a ton of excitement heading into the Jets re-boot season. However, they are pretty much the same team that failed to make the playoffs last season. With no major subtractions, the Jets only added minor pieces to their line-up as their new management philosophy will be to build the team through the draft.
With most of their core locked up, they are hoping that they all improve and take the next step in their development. With the 20th ranked offense and the 29th ranked defense last season, the Jets will need to improve greatly in both areas if they hope to have any chance at a playoff spot.
The Jets are in a tough division with the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning in their division, and with a tough travelling schedule, they will have to overcome a lot of factors to sneak into the playoffs. Will they make it in? I think it’ll be a great year with the Jets returning to Winnipeg, but they are a year or two away from the postseason.
Check back here tomorrow when we preview the New York Rangers and their upcoming season.
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