After exceeding expectations and learning that Connor Hellebuyck was an elite goalie, the Winnipeg Jets paraded all the way to the Conference finals, but were stopped by the Vegas Golden Knights. Now with an understanding of their team, the Jets have a chance for more. Let\’s look at some fast facts for them.
Head Coach: Paul Maurice
General Manager: Kevin Cheveldayoff
Arena: Bell MTS Place
AHL Affiliate: Manitoba Moose
2017-18 record: 52-20-10 (114 points)
2017-18 placement: 2nd
2017-18 goals leader: Patrik Laine (44)
2017-18 assists leader: Blake Wheeler (68)
2017-18 points leader: Blake Wheeler (91)
2017-18 points leader (defensemen): Dustin Byfuglien (45)
Captain: Blake Wheeler
Assistant Captains: Dustin Byfuglien, Mark Schiefele
2018 first round pick: None, selected David Gustafsson 60th overall
Offseason additions: Laurent Brossoit
Offseason subtractions: Paul Stastny, Joel Armia, Steve Mason, Toby Enstrom, Shawn Matthias, Matt Hendricks, Michael Hutchinson
Forwards: With Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and maybe even Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor capable of scoring 35 goals, this is a great offense. Mix Bryan Little, Adam Lowry and Mathieu Perreault in, and it is even better. Hopefully, Jack Roslovic can play in the bottom six. They can score a lot of goals.
Kyle Connor – Mark Scheifele – Blake Wheeler
Nikolaj Ehlers – Bryan Little – Patrik Laine
Mathieu Perreault – Adam Lowry – Jack Roslovic
Brendan Lemieux – Andrew Copp – Brandon Tanev
Other: Marko Dano, Nic Petan
Defensemen: Rookie Sami Niku takes Toby Enstrom\’s spot, but everything else is the same. Dustin Byfuglien and Jacob Trouba are still really good. Josh Morrissey needs to prove that his contract was worthy. Tyler Myers needs to stay healthy.
Josh Morrissey – Dustin Byfuglien
Sami Niku – Jacob Trouba
Dmitry Kulikov – Tyler Myers
Other: Ben Chiarot, Tucker Poolman, Joe Morrow
Goalies: Connor Hellebuyck played like a Vezina winner last year, and I think he could win it this year. Laurent Brossoit was brought in as a backup, but Eric Comrie will put up a strong case.
Other: Eric Comrie
Top five scorers:
I think the Winnipeg Jets will end up winning the Stanley Cup in 2018-19.