Winnipeg Jets Season End Report Card

Year End Report Card

My Influences And Experience

My Winnipeg Jets Report Card uses a grading system that is a little different than the usual grading systems you will see in the “Main Steam Media” but for the most part it is basically “what you see is what you get”.  This is not a scientific evaluation based on statistics and analysis from so-called experts.

 I am not easily influenced by newspaper, radio or tv media but I do read most of the newspaper articles and I am a TSN sports radio junkie.  I love the opinions of the radio personalities and the call-in fans.  What does carry weight with me is what I hear from the Coach and the GM even though I may not agree.

Evander Kane

Evander Kane

 Some of the most honest and passionate opinions are viewed on Twitter on a nightly basis.  I realize that everybody views the game differently and have their own “favorites” and their “not so favorites.” The beauty of watching sports is that is everybody has their own opinions and really, that’s all that matters.  My opinions are based on my 50 plus years of hockey experiences. I view the game as a coach (15 years), a WHL Scout (15 years), a player (15 years), a fan (50 years) and even a Fantasy GM (35 years).  What I’m saying I’m like most people and I know what I like and what I don’t like. 


My Grading Criteria

1. The players position and role 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 and fans..

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 alike.

The Core Group Is Poised For Future Success

Keep in mind this team is far from the finished product and most of the players receiving poor grades will probably not be here beyond next year so no long term concern there, the core of this team had decent grades.  In the re-sign column I’ve marked some as yes/trade which means I’d re-sign but might have to use as trade-bait this off-season to upgrade our weak areas. The Jets season ending record was 24-21-3.  This is what I think of this current Jets roster.  Please leave your comments in the comment area below, I’d love to hear what Winnipeg’s hockey fans think.

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