I’m down to the final team, which is the Winnipeg Jets. Ever since they moved to Winnipeg, they’ve continued the Thrasher way. They started making changes in the second half of the season by hiring Paul Maurice, who I have always liked, despite not getting Carolina to the playoffs on a consistent basis.
When Maurice was hired, the Jets’ play turned around. They have played very well under his command. They even came from 10 points out of a spot to a just couple points out. Unfortunately for them, they fell out in the last weeks of the regular season.
This offseason, key losses included Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi. Together they combined for 29 goals. They both had off seasons, so it’s not as bad as it could’ve been, especially after who they acquired. T.J Galiardi and Mathieu Perreault combined for about the same amount.
Losing Al Montoya left the backup position open. Michael Hutchinson, who played in the ECHL and AHL last year, is expected to make the jump as far as I know. He had a 2.08 GAA with a .921 SV% in the ECHL and a 2.30 GAA with a .923 SV%. He should make a solid backup goaltender. The last loss was Zach Redmond, but the Jets don’t lose much in terms of production. He spent most of the season in the AHL.
I’m not sure they’re going to make the playoffs, but I believe under coach Paul Maurice, they’ll at least be in the hunt.