Winnipeg Jets Forwards Quarter Pole Report Card

Winnipeg  Jets First Quarter Report Card — 

My grading system is simply based on  “what you see is what you get”.  Not very scientific.  After years of coaching and scouting I just look at the game a little differently than I used to as a fan.  My evaluations are based on my experience’s in coaching (15 years), as a  WHL Scout (15 years), a player (15 years), as a Fan (forever) and even as a Fantasy GM (too many years).  I know what I like and what I don’t like in a player and it will probably be much different for every reader and that is great. We all see different things in a player.  Listed below is some of the criteria I used in grading this report card. 

1. The players position and roll in the line-up for each game … example: top  6 forward, PP.

2. The amount of ice time and hard minutes. example: playing against top lines, PK.

3. Expectations from coaches, media, fans etc.

4. Salary, return on investment (ROI).  This may seem unfair and not very popular with the mainstream media but in 1990 the NHLPA decided to introduce salary disclosure.  This was to give the players some negotiating leverage when comparing their salary with comparable players around the league.

This info from a website like has now opened up the players to public scrutiny from fans and media so now there is no hiding your salary from the fans.  I’ve heard lots of fans on talk radio or social media state they could care less what a player makes.  That’s fine and that is their prerogative but player salaries impact your favorite team greatly.  Over-paying under producing players impacts the teams ability to make trades, sign FA’s etc, so salary should not be taken likely. This report is just another in a long line of different opinions from different sources.  Agree or agree to disagree is fine by me.

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Bryan Little has been the 2013-14 Winnipeg Jets best and most consistent player through 20 games.

Keep in mind the first grade is based strictly what you see on the ice.  The second grade ROI is based on whether I think the player is earning his salary or is team getting the appropriate “bang for their buck”

Under “Salary” you will notice this years salary along with the “cap hit” courtesy of 

The Winnipeg Jets record at the time of this report is 9 – 9 – 2.  

  Winnipeg Jets 2013-14 Forwards

1st quarter

The Winnipeg Jets forwards for the first quarter of the season have been okay.  Kane was hot early while Wheeler came out of the gate slow.  Setoguchi was finding his spot in the line-up while Little has be very good from the get-go.  Jokinen and Scheifele have settled into the second and third lines roles and Andrew Ladd has been Andrew Ladd, consistent.  I like the mix this year much better than last years roster.  I believe the additions of Frolic, Setoguchi and Halischuk were solid acquisitions and the Jets have three decent lines.  The forth line is what it is.  It doesn’t matter who they are, just work hard, check and create energy.  There is no pressure to score just don’t get scored on.  It took the better part of the first quarter of the season for Coach Noel to find the combinations that work best for this team.  If you look at this team with the  “glass half full” attitude they are a .500 team with the roster finally looking settled.  Look for better results in the next quarter if the team can their special teams in order. 

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