Winnipeg Jets Final Report Card: Forwards

Winnipeg Jets grades for the forwards – 

The final quarter of the regular season saw the Winnipeg Jets make their final push for a playoff spot and with a 13-6-3 record down the stretch they achieved their goal and brought mucho joy to Joyville!

The Winnipeg Jets faced the Anaheim Ducks and as we all know were swept in four straight games.  I’m not sure it was a fair representation of their play but it is what it is.  I am NOT going to include the playoffs in basing my grades or incorporate them into my final report card.  I’ve already done a playoff post-mortem.  I am going to grade the players on their push to clinch.  

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Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler carried this team offensively

Third and Fourth Lines:

With the trade deadline acquisitions of Lee Stempniak and Jiri Tlusty, the Winnipeg Jets re-shuffled their bottom six forwards and that new-found depth really helped in the stretch drive.  Adam Lowry continued his solid play and the Jets actually had a NHL third line.  The trickle down also improved the Jets fourth line.

In the home stretch, the Winnipeg Jets went 13-6-2 and finished the season with a 43-26-13 record for 99 points and clinched the second Western Conference Wild Card position.

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 alone and it does not reflect the opinion or opinions of the other writers here at Winnipeg Hockey Talk.

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”.

2015 final fwds

Winnipeg Jets season ending Report Card for the forwards

Please feel free to comment below.

Defencemen, goaltenders and special team grades will be published Thursday.

Comments

  1. Todd Leroux says

    Scheifele-If he can work on his faceoffs and get to 50%+, then he may be a functional 4th-liner/healthy scratch/depth guy in times of injury or general need.

    B- for play? Not in my books.

    B+, ROI, 7th rounder, okay – no big argument…but he shows (nay, highlights) Jets weakness/lack of depth as/if he is a top six.

    IMO.

    • Mitch Kasprick says

      Todd …. how would have viewed him before the playoff series vs the Ducks? I think he has a lot to work on too … face-offs, strength etc but he’s a second year pro that was at around 50 points and was still on his ELC … not too bad.

      • Todd Leroux says

        I was unable to watch the playoff series, unfortunately, so my opinion is based on the regular season only.

        Top six time and situational opportunity (offensive vs. defensive zone starts) should get points regardless of years in the league.

        To be honest, I was even more harsh on Scheifele, but somehow, I screwed up my post. Originally, I had written that I prefer when he falls down, which is often, because he is less likely to get in the way. In other words, he doesn’t have the hockey sense for a top six (including his uncanny ability to miss the net).

        And, it’s just my opinion replete with my middle-age biases, which doesn’t make me correct.

        Hope I’m not coming across as arrogant. Apologies if so.

        Oh, by the way, I thought Peluso was a B player. I feel that he was the victim of some really weak calls based on personal and team reputation, which reduced his overt value to the team.

        Anyway, I like the report card concept.

        • Mitch Kasprick says

          no apologies necessary … love the feedback and varying opinions … I think Peluso might have a little more to offer too … I’m not sure the book is closed on him yet … in the Chicago game he neutered Bickell when he was running around and it did change the game.

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