Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: Dec. 15

Things about the Winnipeg Jets and the NHL that crossed my mind over the weekend —

Some things that crossed my mind this past week about the Winnipeg Jets and the National Hockey League.

1.  The Winnipeg Jets played 3 games this week going 1-1-1.  Thoughts?    

2.  Michael Hutchinson had his first puck-handling mishap last week versus the Ducks but for every goal given up by a good puck-handling goaltender like Hutch, he will probably have saved 10 goals against, so no harm, no foul.  It’s the nature of the beast!

3.  It looks like the Winnipeg Jets are into a platoon situation in goal.   

4.  The Jets finished their third “10 game segment” with a 5-2-3 record for 13 points, 2 points above my required 11 point minimum per 10 game segment.  (My playoff formula.)

5.  Do long time Winnipeg Jets fans have any sympathy for the Edmonton Oilers current struggles?  I don’t think so!

6.  How long before we start to worry about Evander Kane’s current goal-scoring slump?

7.  The Jets play 8 homes games in their next “10 game segment”.  It’s time to start taking advantage of home ice boys!

8.  Will the Winnipeg Jets keep defenceman Ben Chiarot up with the big club once Enstrom, Clitsome and Bogo return from the IR? 

Paul Postma. (Photo by Shawn Coates)

Paul Postma has been pretty solid all year.            photo by Shawn Coates

9.  And what will Winnipeg Jets do with Buff when the injured return?  (see #8)

10.  How long before Michael Hutchinson takes over the starting role in goal?  (see #3)

11.  Can the Jets have 2 undersized defencemen like Enstrom and Morrissey in the line-up going forward in the tough Western Conference.  

12.  I think defenceman Adam Pardy will be getting a one-way ticket to St. John’s sooner than later. 

13.  After a solid start, Paul Postma has had a few rough outings lately.  Let’s hope it is just a small bump in the road.     

14.  It really bothered me that the Jets only regulation loss this past week was at home.  (see #7)

15.  The Jets 4th line actually looked decent for a few stretches last week BUT still not good enough. 

If you have any thoughts on any of these comments or questions, please let me know.  I am a curious person by nature and I need answers.

Thanks, Mitch 

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  1. George Bain says

    Hey Mitch like you I ask the same question concerning defence. I’m sure Ben Chiarot will be claimed if waived. I agree that Pardy has struggled. I think the brass might send him down if he doesn’t upgrade his play. I wonder about Kane not being able to score goals this season. Two of the biggest problems facing the team as I see it lack of scoring against the better teams and taking too many penalties. The penalties really hurt them against Anaheim last Saturday. To me they are a work in progress and I believe Maurice has a long term plan to shape this team into fast skating, hard hitting team that can keep you off balance by scoring on their chances. So far they have two out three of those skills in place in my opinion.

    • Mitch Kasprick says

      It’s too bad it took the Jets until year #4 to figure i out … but better late than never. Nothing against Pardy but he’s a #7 or # 8 defencemen and he fulfills his role for the most-part.

  2. Pardy sent down over Chiarot. Bingo. Buff stays on D.

  3. George Bain says

    I thought Chevy made a wise decision on not signing Jokinen this season. Here’s another perspective.

    Least Cost Effective: Olli Jokinen, Nashville Predators
    At one time considered a player that needed to escape the Panthers to truly turn into a superstar, Jokinen has struggled since leaving Florida, never matching his career best point totals that he registered in the Sunshine State.
    Seven seasons and five teams removed from his days as a Panther, Jokinen is now on pace for the most offensively challenged campaign of his career. Though he scored on Saturday night, heading into weekend action the 36-year-old had only registered a single marker in 28 games, and had a grand total of one point. His tally on Saturday doubled his output.
    If this keeps up, by season’s end the Predators, who have been the model of consistency when it comes to turning nothing into something, will have paid the aging winger $416,667 per point.

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