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
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.