Winnipeg Jets Mid-Term Grades: Def/Goal/PP/PK

Winnipeg Jets grades for the defencemen and goaltenders – 

Last season the Winnipeg Jets defencemen and goaltenders were the biggest benefactors of better defensive play from the forward group.  This season the defensive support from the forwards has been hit and miss.   

For the most part, in the first half of the 2015-16 season, the Winnipeg Jets have been very good 5 on 5, so let’s address the elephant in the room; the Jets special teams.  It may be too simplistic but if the special teams and especially their PK were just AVERAGE this team could be 6-10 points better in the standings. PERIOD.

The defence core looks very solid on paper but unfortunately, the game is played on the ice.  This group, as individuals, have very good pieces but like the forward group just lack consistency.     

Biggest surprise:  Due to injury, Connor Hellebuyck has been forced into the line-up and he has become the #1 goalie.  He has been nothing short of outstanding.

Biggest disappointment:  The play of Michael Hutchinson.  Hutch could really use a stint with the Moose to refine his game.  The problem with that is he probably would not clear waivers so he’s going to have to work it out in practice. I still believe in Michael Hutchinson.  I don’t believe he has forgotten how to play goal. 

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The Winnipeg Jets special teams are a major source of concern along with their inability to stay out of the penalty box.  

Grading:  I assign two grades; first (hockey grade) is just strictly what you see is what you get and the second (ROI) is weighed against salary or “bang for your buck”.

Jets def 2015-16

 

At the time of this “Report Card”, the Winnipeg Jets record was 19-19-3 and I feel these grades accurately reflect their play … in my opinion.  

Please feel free to add your grades or opinions on any player/players you feel I have over-rated or short-changed.  Remember, this is only my opinion and mine only and it does not reflect the opinion or opinions of the other writers here at Winnipeg Hockey Talk.

Please feel free to comment below.  

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Mitch Kasprick (864 Posts)

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