The Winnipeg Jets not only swapped divisions, but had perhaps the toughest task of all teams in moving from the Eastern to the Western Conference. They finished with a record of 37-35-10 for 84 points, 22nd in the NHL, and 7th in the Central Division.
The Jets were confident that they were on the right track and would be in the mix for a playoff spot, no matter what division they were in.
- The Jets went 18-12-5 when the coaching change was made and Paul Maurice took the reins of the team
- Blake Wheeler being named to the U.S. Olympic team
- Poor and inconsistent play led to the firing of Claude Noel
- Dustin Byfuglien being shifted from defense to forward, despite his preference to play defense, caused some waves in the dressing room
- Evander Kane‘s attitude and conflict with Maurice led to some healthy scratches down the stretch
PROGNOSIS FOR NEXT SEASON
Maurice came in and started to hold players accountable and seemed to get some systems in place. Now, the question is, do they have the talent to make some noise and can Maurice mend fences with two of his stars, Byfuglien and Kane, and get on the same page with them. He is going to need them playing at their best for the Jets to have success. Also, the goaltending of Ondrej Pavelec needs to be better and more consistent.
5 QUESTIONS WITH HOCKEY AT THE FORKS
We asked Skylar Peters, Editor of hockeyattheforks.com a few questions about the Winnipeg Jets’ season and future. Here are his responses:
1) What was the biggest surprise for your team?
5) What #hashtag would you use to describe your team’s season or state of the team?
Thanks to Skylar for taking the time to answer our questions. The Jets have an uphill battle ahead of them going forward.