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Winnipeg Jets: 2015-16 Season Projection

2014-2015 Overall Record: 43-26-13 (99 Points) 7th in the Western Conference

***Lost in Western Conference Quarterfinal against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 4***

JETS TEAM LEADERS

Winnipeg Jets: 2014-2015 Team Leaders

Notable Offseason Losses:

F Eric O’Dell (New Team: Ottawa Senators)

F Michael Frolik (New Team: Calgary Flames)

F Jiri Tlusty (New Team: New Jersey Devils)

Notable Offseason Acquisitions:

F Matt Fraser (Former Team: Edmonton Oilers)

D Andrew MacWilliam (Former Team: Toronto Maple Leafs)

Main Team Stats Breakdown:

GFA (Goals For Average): 2.67 (NHL Ranking: 16th)

GAA (Goals Against Average): 2.44 (NHL Ranking: 10th)

SV% (Save Percentage): .913 (NHL Ranking: 11th)

The Winnipeg Jets took huge strides last season. Not only did they grant their fans the excitement of Playoff hockey, but they showed what physical play can truly look like on NHL ice. Two of the three best games viewed last year featured this organization. During the regular season, the Jets played the Blackhawks in Playoff style fashion, giving fans more than enough action. Personally, the excitement that came from those two contests alone, allowed for a whole new respect to the true meaning of hockey.AndrewLadd

What the Jets lacked in offensive and defensive ability (which weren’t entirely all that bad), they made up for in work ethic and utter determination. The fan base was (and is) also a major factor, unlike most teams throughout the NHL. In the small rink that is the MTS center, which seats just over 15,000 fans, echoes an atmosphere that would appear to house many more. The fans are instrumental in fueling the play of their hometown team. It is a sight to see for sure, especially last year’s 1st round against the Anaheim Ducks, where it was truly a sea of white.

There are a few plus’s for the Jets as they begin this upcoming season. Andrew Ladd (62 points) has really settled in as the go to leader and captain of the team. Also, Evander Kane, is off to try his play elsewhere in Buffalo, ridding the organization of a time they’d most likely wish to forget. Andrej Pavelec was also able to return to full form by the end of last season, and should be more than ready at the start of this one. The Jets have a lot of upside, regardless of the notion across the league that they may take a step back. It appears that we’ll have to wait until the end of the season to see who had the better insight heading into what is going to be another amazing season of hockey. This concludes this year’s projections. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading as much as I have writing them.

2015-2016 Season Projection: 4th in the Central Division

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