9th in the Eastern Conference. Just barely missed winning the Southeast Division after Washington won 11 of their final 13 games. Of course, the fans in Winnipeg are happy to have the NHL back, so failing to make the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season doesn't hurt quite so bad:
2013 Season Stats
24-21-3 (51), GF & GF/G: 126, 2.62 (16th), GA & GA/G: 141, 2.94 (24th), PP: 13.8 % (30th), PK: 79.7% (24th)
Ondrej Pavelec: .907%, 2.95 Career GAA
Al Montoya: .906%, 2.77 Career GAA
Pavelec may be one of the only goalies that is considered both overrated and underrated. The guy isn't ever going to win the Vezina, (and if he does, you're welcome, Winnipeg) but he knows how to keep pucks out of the net. If I were a Jets fan, I'd be more worried about the team in front of him. Montoya only appeared in 7 games for the Jets last year, but hopefully he's gotten over this by now.
- Michael Frolik (acquired from Blackhawks)
- Devin Setoguchi (acquired from Wild)
- Andrew Gordon
- Adam Pardy
- Matt Halischuk
Frolik is a former 20 goal scorer, but hasn't reached that mark since being traded to the Hawks from the Panthers in 10-11. Dealing a 2nd-round pick for budding journeyman Setoguchi should help the team. If he meshes, he will provide a helpful scoring boost that seemed to fail with their Olli Jokinen experiment.
Players You Should Know
Kane, the 4th overall pick in 2009, is a threat every time he is out on the ice. Former Blackhawk Andrew Ladd led the club in scoring last year, while Blake Wheeler led the club in goals. Wheeler isn't by any means a flashy name, but he will burn your team when you least want him to. Byfuglien and Enstrom lead a rather underwhelming defense corps.
3 Weber Smashes
Time will tell how these teams play against each other. There is a bit of unfamiliarity between the two clubs, and it's possible both teams underperform this year. The X Factor is the crowd which packs the seats in each of the arenas, some of which might still be a bit bitter.
No. There's still too much Atlanta in them, and Winnipeg fans are finding that out the hard way. They couldn't hold on last season in the Southeast, and this division is proving tougher as almost every team has done something to get better. While it's certainly possible they could surprise everyone, I really don't think they are one of the top 3 (or 4) teams in this division.
Game Dates vs Nashville
|Sun Oct 20, 2013||Nashville||Winnipeg||7:00 PM|
|Thu Oct 24, 2013||Winnipeg||Nashville||7:00 PM|
|Fri Nov 8, 2013||Nashville||Winnipeg||7:00 PM|
|Tue Jan 28, 2014||Nashville||Winnipeg||7:00 PM|
|Sat Mar 1, 2014||Winnipeg||Nashville||2:00 PM|
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