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Evgeny Svechnikov Proving Himself In Winnipeg

from Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet,

Although the full story on why things didn’t work out in the Motor City might need a bit more time to uncover, slowly but surely Svechnikov is inching his way toward a two-way NHL contract — and quite possibly a spot in the opening-day lineup on Oct. 13 when the Jets open a three-game road trip against the Anaheim Ducks.

No, his spot is still not assured but after the Jets are expected to announce a number of cuts and get down to more manageable numbers leading into the final two exhibition games, Svechnikov remains very much in the mix.

Where exactly he fits in remains unclear but it’s apparent that Svechnikov has caught the attention of Jets head coach Paul Maurice.

“I’ve moved him around and moved him up. I’ve liked his camp,” Maurice said. “He doesn’t mind going to the net. He’s got some hands on him and he makes some good plays and I think he understands the game. How he fits with other people will be a really important thing for him going forward but he’s had a good camp. He’s done what he could do.”

Maurice isn’t about to hand out a spot to a bubble player with more than a week before the season opens, but to this point, it’s hard to imagine Svechnikov not being right in the thick of things to win one of the battles for the four available spots up front.

And if he continues his progression, it’s easy to envision Svechnikov pushing his way into a bigger role with the benefit of some additional time to feel comfortable.

He’s been able to flash some offensive gifts, both in terms of finish and passing ability. His compete level is high and he’s been able to process the new system he’s becoming more familiar with.


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The Improved Winnipeg Jets

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

On paper, the Jets have everything you’d want to make a deep playoff run: A mix of skill and grit up front that has developed a hunger for more, a goalie who eats pucks at a high level and now a defence that’ll be far less fun to play against.

It’ll all cost a pretty penny, right up near the NHL salary cap, and you know where that leaves the expectations going into Year 11.

“It sets us up to be in a good spot and make some waves this year,” is how veteran Mark Scheifele put it. “I look at myself as being in the prime of my career and you want your team to be in that stage as well. This year, we have a team that can definitely do something and it starts now, it starts in training camp, and it has to continue to grow each and every day.

“Every single guy in that locker room is thinking that and it gets me excited every day.”

The fan who has lived through the previous 10 seasons might wonder what took so long.

But the right players coming available at the right time, with spending room to acquire them while drafting and re-signing your own, is a tricky game. When players want out, it adds another wrinkle.


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The Winnipeg Jets Are In Win Now Mode

from Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet,

The mood around the Jets heading into camp is one of optimism as the team returns to the Central Division, which means a heavy dose of a Colorado Avalanche squad that enters the campaign as a Stanley Cup favourite.

There are the usual questions around the edges of the Jets' roster and which young player might end up being the biggest surprise, but many of the spots are already spoken for.

And while many of those prospects will be under the microscope during the six exhibition games, the Jets are going to use the coming weeks to try and ensure the smooth transition from bubble team back to contender status.

“At our age group and our payroll, we’ve got to win,” said Maurice.


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Nate Schmidt Headed To Winnipeg

added 8:14pm,

WINNIPEG, July 27, 2021 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have acquired defenceman Nate Schmidt from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Schmidt, 30, recorded 15 points (5G, 10A) and four penalty minutes in 54 games for the Canucks last season. The St. Cloud, Minn. native has played 450 games over eight seasons for Vancouver, the Vegas Golden Knights, and the Washington Capitals and has 155 points (34G, 121A) and 88 PIMs. Schmidt has also recorded 25 points (6G, 19A) and 16 PIMs in 68 playoff games, including a run to the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals with the Golden Knights.

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What’s The Problem With The Winnipeg Jets?

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

Are the Jets a young team just coming into its own, a bitter playoff loss the fuel it’ll need to take the next step in 12 months?

No, that would seem to better describe the team of three years ago, when it finished second, overall, and shocked top-seeded Nashville to reach the Western Conference final.

That moment seems to have been the peak for this group.

The contending window was thrust open that spring, but it’s been gradually sliding shut ever since.

The team’s core talent up front appears to have absorbed as much as it can about how to pay the price in the post-season. Three straight early summers slam the point home.

Getting that message to take root is Maurice’s job.


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The Winnipeg Jets Look Done

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

They got beat when they had an extra man on the ice and they got beat while shorthanded.

They got beat by a line of kids and they got beat by a line of old-timers.

They got beat at the start of the game, they got beat at the end.

They had less discipline and less desire.

Their goalie got outplayed, their defence got outplayed and their forwards were outplayed, from the top line to the fourth.

They weren’t as fast or as smart.

And they lost their cool in a third-period mini-parade to the penalty box.

Sunday night’s win-or-else tilt in Montreal was as complete a failure as we’ve seen from the Winnipeg Jets in a long time. A game that demanded their best brought out their worst.


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The Winnipeg Jets Are In A 0-2 Hole

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Having three key players out of the lineup didn’t help, but the biggest problem the Winnipeg Jets have right now is the Montreal Canadiens.

The Jets were unable to get their game together once again in Game 2 of the North Division final and fell 1-0 to the Canadiens at Bell MTS Place Friday night.

The Jets were better than they were in Game 1, when they lost 5-3, but the Canadiens were simply the stronger team. The Canadiens got a tremendous, 30-save shutout from all-world goalie Carey Price as they won their fifth straight game since falling behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I thought it was a great step in the right direction,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. “I thought we played a great game. We got off to a way better start and had quite a few looks to tie the game up and it was just a matter of being unable to get that bounce to go our way.”

Montreal continued to use a stifling checking style, quick sticks and speed to disrupt any hopes the Jets had of establishing their offensive game plan.


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Video- Mark Scheifele Today

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Watch FULL media availability from Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele after receiving a 4-game suspension for his headshot on Canadiens forward Jake Evans that sent him off on a stretcher. Scheifele says Evans' health is first thing on his mind, hoping for a quick recovery, also explains the hit from his perspective, his emotions before and after, and why he thinks the hit wasn't bad, also says he can accept the punishment, but can't accept the abuse his family is taking over this, and much more.


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Video- Mark Scheifele Suspended 4 Games



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