Well folks, this is the inaugural post of JetsCentre. I’ve been contemplating whether or not I should start a blog for quite some time now and finally came to a realization that expressing myself in 280 characters or less has it’s disadvantages so here it finally is. So sit back, relax and enjoy the dawn of a new era in Peg City Hockey Blogging, so without further ado welcome to JetsCentre and here are ten things that have been bouncing around my head this week.
- Was that a season or what? The Jets had a rough first two games of the season, but after that they got on a roll and kept on rolling. There were so many great story lines last year. The emergence of Kyle Connor, Patrik Laine lighting it up, The Jets Special Teams not being Jetslike, and the stellar play of our captain Blake Wheeler are but a few of the highlights of last season. For my money though none of this would have been possible without the record setting season the Jets got from Connor Hellebuyck. Talk about redemption, after a subpar year in 2016/2017 the kid put in the work and came up big time. Winnipeg finally has it’s first number one NHL goaltender ever. https://www.nhl.com/player/connor-hellebuyck-8476945
- It’s the middle of July and Jacob Trouba is not signed yet. I know, I know it’s only July, but as this off season continues to drag on and as pictures of Chevy lounging on the dock resurface, one can’t help but become antsy, especially after the Jets apparently were one of the losers of “Free Agent Frenzy”. Make no mistake, Jacob Trouba is the number one right handed defenseman on this team and is a cornerstone of this franchise. Locking him up long term is priority number one leading into this season. https://www.nhl.com/player/jacob-trouba-8476885
- Who the heck is Laurent Brossoit? In case you missed it, and I know quite a few of you did, the Jets signed Mr. Brossoit to a one year, $650,000 contract on July 1st. By all accounts Brossoit is a goaltender who plays ice hockey. Other than that I can’t tell you that I know much about him. His numbers are pretty pedestrian with a 7-13-2 record, 2.98 GAA and a .898 Save % in 28 NHL appearances. He certainly isn’t a stud goalie which has some fans worried about the situation between the pipes, but who knows what spending time with embattled goalie coach Wade Flaherty can do for him. https://www.nhl.com/player/laurent-brossoit-8476316
- I’m really going to miss Toby Enstrom. Not only was Enstrom a career Thrasher/Jet, but the dude was the most consistent, under appreciated rear guard this franchise has had since moving here in 2011. The worst thing about his departure was his last game with the club as it was spent in the press box relegated as a healthy scratch for the elimination game versus the Vegas Golden Knights. He’s a Jet that should have ended his tenure here on his own terms and definitely deserved to be on the ice for his last game with the organization. Oh well, all we can do is wish him the best of luck. It was an honour having you here Toby, you will be missed.
- Which brings up the troublesome spot of the left side of the Jets Defence. After Josh Morrissey, the pickings definitely thin out. The big hope is that vaunted prospect Sami Niku gets a chance with the big club, but if the past has taught us anything we shouldn’t get our hopes up. Head Coach Paul Maurice’s penchant for patience when it comes to prospects doesn’t bode well for that notion and the likes of a wonky Dmitry Kulikov and depth defensemen Ben Chiarot and Joe Morrow certainly aren’t going to put many Jets fans at ease. The scariest notion this off season is Maurice contemplating putting Tyler Myers on the left side. Yikes!
- It was great being a buyer at the deadline this year and Chevy pulled off the biggest deal of the trade deadline. Paul Stastny was the perfect addition to this club and provided the skill, creativity and veteran leadership that truly complimented Patrik Laine and Nik Ehlers. Most importantly adding Stastny finally gave the Jets an opportunity to finally roll 4 quality NHL forward lines, and yes that meant Matt Hendricks was finally parked where he belonged, in the pressbox.
- Logan Stanley is still not good at hockey.
- I’m super excited to see a full season of Jack Roslovic. The departure of Paul Stastny, Matt Hendricks and Joel Armia has left a big opening for a regular spot up front. Roslovic is the obvious choice to slot in the top 9. Possible line combinations are quite intriguing and I’m excited to see all this skill from the beginning of the season. The question that a lot of fans I know are asking is, how much TOI will Nic Petan see this season? I’d like to see him play a ton of minutes and maybe he should be in the top six, but I severely doubt that will happen.
- Bryan Little had an off year and still had 16 goals and 43 points while playing his first full year away from Blake Wheeler. If he manages to have any type of a bounce back year the Jets will be in a really good position. His contract is still a huge albatross that is only going to look worse as the years pass, but I’m pretty sure there is still some good hockey left in one of the most consistent forwards we’ve had.
- What would a Roddy Rants piece be without out mentioning Dustin Byfuglien. Buff was at his best when it counted most last season. Big Buff has the ability to impact the game on so many levels, but when he’s physically engaged and plays with a chip on his shoulder he is truly all world. This year will be interesting with Toby’s departure, but if Angry Buff comes out to play the NHL better be ready.
This has been my rant. Please leave your comments and spread the word and if you think you’ve got some fresh takes please drop us a line.