Winnipeg will show promise

Winnipeg will show promise
August 21, 2013, 9:45 am
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2012-13: 24-21-3, 51 points

Where they finished: 2nd in the Southeast, 9th in the East, 18th in NHL

Coach: Claude Noel (3rd season)

Key additions: RW Devin Setoguchi, RW Michael Frolik.

Key subtractions: C Alexander Burmistrov, LW Antti Miettinen, C Nik Antropov, D Ron Hainsey


Andrew Ladd – Bryan Little – Blake Wheeler

Evander Kane – Mark Scheifele – Devin Setoguchi

Matt Halischuk – Olli Jokinen – Michael Frolik

Eric Tangradi – Jim Slater – James Wright


Tobias Enstrom – Zach Bogosian

Grant Clitsome – Dustin Byfuglien

Mark Stuart – Jacob Trouba

Adam Pardy


Ondrej Pavelec

Al Montoya

Our take: You can take the Thrashers out of Atlanta, but they’re still the Thrashers. That’s not entirely fair with a new ownership group and a different country to call home. But the move to Winnipeg hasn’t exactly changed the Jets’ fortunes the past two seasons. The latest disaster? Losing young forward Alex Burmistrov, who grew so frustrated in Winnipeg that he decamped to the KHL instead.

But there is promise here. The Jets did sign young defenseman Zack Bogosian to a long-term extension this summer to go with deals for Blake Wheeker and Bryan Little. They added forwards Devin Setoguchi and Michael Frolik in trades to bolster their scoring depth.

There are also promising prospects on the way like defenseman Jacob Trouba and center Mark Scheifele. Finally free of the Southeast Division, the organization has a chance to foster new, better rivalries in the Western Conference. But it isn’t ready for prime time yet. 

Offseason Grade: B

Will they make the playoffs in 2013-14:  No.