Winnipeg Jets

The last team is the Winnipeg Jets. They were in the race for a playoff spot until the last few weeks, when the Capitals started making a surge.  They had a good off-season.

The Jets had great additions, but also some losses. They lost goalie Chris Mason, but they replaced him with Al Montoya. Eric Fehr also departed; he is a solid forward. The other losses were Mark Flood, Tim Stapleton, Brett Festerling, and Arturs Kulda.

They had good scoring additions. The first one was Olli Jokinen, a 90+ point scorer. Another was Alexei Ponikarovski, a 50-60 point scorer. The final was Mark Dekanich, who has so far spent his time in the AHL.

Even with the great additions offensively, and how close they were last year, I don’t believe they’ll make the playoffs. There are no inter-conference games this season, and they are still in the Easter Conference. Being in the west makes for a lot of traveling. I think exhaustion from that much traveling could effect their play. Maybe they’ll surprise me though. I have to admit, their stadium can be a mad house, and can help them win games. If they are not as affected by traveling that much, and do well away from home, they could make the postseason.

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