Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: Feb. 1

Mitch Kasprick is the “Motown Curmudgeon” aka “Motown Mitch”

Odds and Ends, Thoughts and Questions, from this past week in hockey –

Just so there’s no confusion when I’m spewing my bias, I am a fan of the Winnipeg Jets, Arizona Coyotes, Manitoba Moose, Winnipeg Ice, and all Team Canada Hockey teams.

I am NOT a fan of Gary Bettman or as I call him, Count Chocula.  I am a big believer in the 7Ps. You’ve been warned.

1. Jets:  The Winnipeg Jets had a quiet week and split the two games they played and now have an overall record of 5-3-0 for the season.  This week should be fun though

2. Jets:  Now that the “the trade” is behind us the next topic of discussion is what will the new lines look like?  I wouldn’t mind seeing PLD centering the 3rd line to get his feet wet as long as they give him a decent winger/wingers.  Maybe Vesalainen, MP, Harkins or drop Wheeler down with him.  That would put three strong pairs of forwards together.  

3. JetsA lot of Jets fans are upset that Ville Heinola hasn’t dressed since the Ottawa game two weeks ago and they are taking their frustration out on Logan Stanley.  Stanley has played pretty well in my opinion and he is not the problem right now.  There is a LD struggling right now and we all know who it is.      

4. Jets:  The consensus from last weeks two poll questions were that considering the circumstances, Kevin Cheveldayoff did a pretty good job and the Jets got a very good player, Pierre-Luc Dubois in return for Patrik Laine AND most fans didn’t have very high expectations for Logan Stanley but have been pleasantly surprised by his play so far.

5. Jets:  Is it just me or does Helle seem a little off so far this season?   

6. Jets:  Those that know me are going to find this next comment quite amusing.  Since Kyle Connor has actually outscored Patrik Laine in the past two seasons and actually has more total goals over the past three seasons, how come KC isn’t considered a “generational scorer?”   

7. Jets:  Winnipeg Jets winger Nikolaj “don’t call me Nik” Ehlers sure has been getting a lot of love in Jetsville lately.  Welcome to the party, but what took you so long?  

8. Jets:  Watching Kyle Connor and his linemates trying to play defence right now is like watching a dog trying to hump a football.  It is no wonder that Paul Maurice was trying out different line combos at Sunday morning’s practice.    

9. Jets:  It’s time for a little more Ville Heinola Mr. Maurice.  Please and thanks.  (see #3)

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10. Jets:  Although it is still very early in the season the Winnipeg Jets are heading into an extremely important stretch where they play the Calgary Flames four games in a row with the first three being on home ice.  This is the first of many critical stretches coming up this season.  

11. Jets:  I’m not big on making excuses for the Winnipeg Jets and their players but I think there are a few players not up to snuff yet and maybe the short training camp and lack of pre-season games have hurt some.  Yes, it has been the same for every team but all players are built differently.  We are now at the nine-game mark and I think the grace period should be coming to an end, no more excuses. 

12. NHL:  Key dates. 

  • Feb. 1 – Teams may start requesting players waive their NMC for the expansion draft
  • Feb. 11 – Deadline to sign Group II RFAs (usually December 1)
  • Mar. 12 – Players on one-year deals can sign extensions (usually Jan. 1)
  • Apr. 12 – Trade Deadline
  • May 8 – End of the regular season
  • May 11 – Playoffs begin
  • July 15 – The latest the Stanley Cup can be awarded
  • July 17 – Expansion draft protection lists tentatively due
  • July 21 – Expansion draft
  • July 23-24 – 2021 NHL Entry Draft
  • July 28 – Free agency opens

13. Pet peeve:  Games in Winnipeg that start at 9 pm to cater to the eastern markets but especially the game on Saturday night versus the Canucks.  Nobody out east could give a rats ass about the Canucks/Jets game so why not just start it at the regular time.  It turned out to be a nice comfy 7 pm start for Vancouver.  Nice home-ice advantage NHL. 

14. NHL:  A lot of fans are really enjoying these 2 and 3 game series versus the same teams.  The “dislike” level really ramps up in the second or third game.   

15. Jets:  Schedule

16. Jets:  We are eight games into the season and “Jets Twitter” is in rare form.  I love the Twitter GMs and coaches losing their minds over things they have no control of.  Sometimes it is actually more fun than the games.  

17. Special Teams: Rule of thumb. Have the two red numbers (PK and PP) total at least 100% when added (as your minimum).  I also base the movement (up or down) on the % and not the NHL ranking.

  • PP: 16th at 19.40% down from 20.00% last week.
  • PK: 20th at 72.70 down from 76.50% last week. 
  • FO: 21 st at 49 .70 up from 48.90% last week. 

18. NHL:  With the current quarantine rules in effect the US-based teams are going to have quite an advantage come the April 12 trade deadline.  The current 14-day quarantine time is going to make it tough trading with American teams and I doubt the Canadian teams will be willing to help their counterparts unless they are completely out of the playoff hunt.   

19. Goaltending:

  • Conner Hellebuyck: 4-2-0 … 2.67 GAA … .910 SV% 
  • Laurent Brossoit: 1-1-0 … 3.46 GAA … .911 SV%

20. Jets:  Would you be surprised if I told you Logan Stanley leads the Jets defencemen with 15 shots on goal?  He is and I was.   

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Thanks, Mitch

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Comments

  1. Claude Saindon says

    You’re already in mid-season form, Mitch. Good reading.

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