ONE week and three exhibition games (1-1-1) into training camp Jets captain Andrew Ladd was asked Wednesday what he's learned so far about the 2013-14 edition of the team. "I think we've learned that we have a lot of younger guys we can look for and they're going to push to get playing time and to move up to the ranks" Ladd said after Wednesday's practice at the MTS Centre. "That's exciting. "Beyond that it's been such a big group that it's tough to really see where exactly things are at. Hopefully when we get down in numbers it will allow us to do that." More cuts are likely coming at the end of the week but in the meantime there are still five exhibition games to play in the next nine days including tonight's home contest against the Minnesota Wild. What about those next nine days? "I think at this point we want to get good habits in games start to develop that part of it" said Ladd who is expected to be in tonight's game. "For lines chemistry and figuring out the way you need to play." -- -- -- Tonight's lineup against the Wild is likely to have some strength to it from a veteran perspective. The team's projected top line of Bryan Little between Ladd and Blake Wheeler is expected to play as are second-line candidates Devin Setoguchi and Mark Scheifele. On defence expect to see Dustin Byfuglien Toby Enstrom and Zach Bogosian and the odds are that Ondrej Pavelec's back-up Al Montoya is due for his first action of the pre-season.
Ladd noticing youth influx
Winnipeg Free Press | Sep 19