With one appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since arriving in Winnipeg in 2011, the Jets not only understand the need to step up and return to the postseason, but they appear to be embracing the assignment.

"It's got to be this year, it just has to be," Jets captain Blake Wheeler said recently. "We have enough talent."

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, attending the 2017 Young Stars Classic prospect tournament that runs through Monday, welcomed the comments.

"I'm excited when the veteran players … in all our exit meetings last season those were the conversations we had," Cheveldayoff said. "So that's not news to me.

"I think [Wheeler] really does feel that there's no reason we can't do this."

Winnipeg was fifth in the Central Division with 87 points last season, seven points behind the Calgary Flames for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.

The Jets last qualified for the playoffs in 2015 but after losing in four games to the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round, they chose a commitment to young, skilled players.