Not only have the Winnipeg Jets been a pretty mediocre hockey team for most of their existence, they have also been a painfully dull team. Nothing particularly exciting on the ice. A front office that has rebuilt the team at a snails pace, seemingly refusing to make any sort of significant trade or free agent signing. For the longest time no real difference maker of a player to build around because they were never quite bad enough to get a top-pick where a franchise player can be selected. Slowly but surely — emphasis on slowly — that has all started to change for the Jets. Just consider the core they have to build around now… Patrik Laine, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, just put together one of the best rookie seasons for an 18-year-old in recent NHL memory with his 36-goal in 73 games performance. He is the cornerstone player the Jets have been desperate for. They finally got the right draft pick in the right year to land that type of player. Mark Scheifele, just now entering his prime years in the NHL, was a point-per-game player this past season and looks as if he has developed into a threat to score 30 goals every season. He topped that mark a year ago and almost certainly would have done it the previous year had he not missed nine games due to injury. Nikolaj Ehlers, the team’s first-round pick in 2014, had a breakout season in 2016-17 that saw him top the 25-goal and 60-point marks, while also playing an exciting style and making highlight reels due to his playmaking ability and speed. That is an exciting young trio of forwards that not only play a visually pleasing style of hockey, but are also extremely productive. It is a great young core to build around.
The Jets are finally interesting
Pro Hockey Talk | Aug 12