A BOLD move is needed by the Jets this offseason!!…by Chuck Duboff

 

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I have bought into the stated goal of the Winnipeg Jets organization; that is, to draft and develop its own players.  Given that this is a small market team, being able to sign free agents to come to Winnipeg, is at best, a long shot.  There is much wisdom in drafting a player at a young age, nurturing his talent and having him take pride in wearing the logo of the Winnipeg Jets.  This plan has born fruit in the successful development of Mark Scheifele.  The Jets surprised many by drafting him 8th overall; they then took their time, letting him finish out his junior career and then slowly worked his way into the Jets lineup.  This past season was a prime example of what the Jets want to do with young talent; Scheifele blossomed and set the example for how this organization is going to grow their lineup. Many would point to Jacob Trouba, however, there is much agreement that Trouba is a once in a lifetime kind of player who was ready to step into the lineup right out of college.  There is obviously much merit to the plan which the Jets have on the table.

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However (there’s always a however, isn’t there?), this Jets team seems stuck in quick sand.  There is a lot of talent on this team:  Blake Wheeler, Andrew Ladd, Evander Kane, Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, Mark Scheifele, Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, etc.  I dare say, more talent than some playoff teams have.  The sad fact is that this team keeps missing the playoffs; when crunch time comes and wins are needed, this team is missing that piece, that mindset, that something to get them to the next level.  Are Byfuglien and Ladd content having won Stanley Cups already, is Kane mature enough, can Pavelec be considered a number one goalie, is Little too soft, is Bogosian too happy go lucky, are the Jets players too pampered or under too much scrutiny in hockey mad Winnipeg?

I would suggest something major must be done this week, this summer, to send a message to the team that the continued missing of the playoffs will not be tolerated!!  In reality, the three seasons in Winnipeg have followed the path which the Atlanta Thrashers were on.  Be pretty good, but not good enough to make the playoffs…yes I know, and my pal Geoff will point this out, the cupboard was empty when we got the Thrashers and we had to rebuild the whole organization.  I will agree with that, however, our farm team is now producing players, our drafts have been solid and i say, emphatically, now is the time to make a BOLD move.  It’s time to send that message to the team that getting in the playoffs is the only acceptable option next season.  If it means trading up in the draft, if it means trading one of our core players, if it means overspending to get a free agent here…something significant must be done this summer.  Tolerating complacency can’t continue; in my eyes there are only three untouchables on this team: Trouba, Scheifele and Wheeler…the rest of the lineup should be made available to the other 29 teams in an attempt to bolster this teams lineup and attitude.  I believe we have a great coach in Paul Maurice…give him some new pieces to work with and he will get us into the playoffs.

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3 thoughts on “A BOLD move is needed by the Jets this offseason!!…by Chuck Duboff

  1. Right on! That’s an interesting question you pose re Ladd and Byfuglien. I really like both of them, but I can definitely see them as trade bait for a deal that might take the jets to another level. Great article! 🙂

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  2. Agree with what you are saying here. As fans WE get attached to a certain player or players and we figure they are untouchables, what we must remember is that the NHL is a BUSINESS and if and when that one big chance is made available to any team, especially The Jets, to improve your team, specifically in say scoring, anyone of our favorites could be dealt.
    The Jets are building a young team and I would say the only 2 players on the current roster safe from being moved are on defense, Trouba and on forward, Scheifele.
    Evander Kane in my opinion is ever so close to that status, just has to learn when not to go onto the electronic air waves.
    Should be an interesting summer with every one watching and listening to see what The Jets DO!
    One of my favorite sayings ” Stay Tuned.”

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  3. I think there are a lot of the current players that are “comfortable”, maybe too much so. I think that “comfort” needs to be rattled a bit. Kane would do better in a smaller market where his every move is not watched, every word is not hung on. Where he is not recognized the minute he is out in public. He definitely lacks maturity to be an elite player at this moment, but I do believe he does have the talent to be if he just put away the “spoiled little rich kid” persona that we seem to see the most of. Pavelec, I don’t know what to say about him. Do I think he has #1 potential? Of course. Maybe he tries too hard to stop everything all the time and that is why the “soft” ones get past him……..I don’t know. I do agree that they need to do something NOW if they want even a sniff at the post season next year. My list of keepers are Trouba, Wheeler, Little, Frolik, Jokinen, Bogosian, Schiefele, Ladd. I would not give Ladd the C for next year though, I don’t think he is leader material. I would give it to Jokinen. Oli has been around the block more than once and is a fierce competitor and would make a great captain for the Jets.
    Keep in mind though, these are just the ramblings of a die-hard, life-long, till the day I die Leaf fan 🙂

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