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Mark Scheifele spends almost every waking moment talking, or thinking about hockey and when it comes to success, he’ll do anything and everything to be considered one of the league’s best.
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
So what does Matthews have over Laine? Is he a better skater? On the whole, yes. Matthews is also more physically mature and closer to his athletic peak.
Laine’s upper body features pipe cleaners rather than pipes. His frame is unfinished. He’s skinny. His upside in terms of speed and power are difficult to ascertain, but he will improve and close the gap with Matthews.
Matthews has loads of game. He’s going to be a star. Laine, however, has more wattage despite playing in a small market in comparison to Toronto.
In the end, this will be about the highest of ranges. They’re two great players trying to climb into the rarest of air.
Matthews was No. 1 in the draft, but Laine will prove to be No. 1 in rarity.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler had heard all the stories and scouting reports last offseason about his team's new phenom from Finland, who could shoot a puck from everywhere and score at will.
Watching it firsthand, well, that's a whole other thing.
"It's pretty incredible," Wheeler told ESPN.com this week. That phenom -- 18-year-old forward Patrik Laine -- has 15 goals in his first 26 games.
"When we got the pick, everyone was excited at the prospect of having Patty," Wheeler said. "You heard all the stories about his shot and the dynamic things he could do. That's all well and good, but he's 18. You expect there to be a learning curve, you expect to be some speed bumps along the way.
"All of a sudden, he's leading the NHL in goals, and it's not by mistake. It's crazy. He gets the puck in areas [where] you don't really feel like [he has] a scoring chance. All of sudden, it's in the back of the net. You just kind of shake your head.''...
Laine is on pace for 47 goals. He has already had two hat tricks and, yes, he's earned a few nicknames already.
"That was the big thing: 'What do people call him?'" said Wheeler, 30, chuckling. "He started with 'Patty,' and then he got more comfortable and revealed that all his buddies back home call him 'Patsyuk,' obviously after Pavel Datsyuk.
via Ken Wiebe tweets,
Sutter on major to Kyle Clifford: "I totally agreed with it, it was a great call. I thought they’d give like a 10-minute power play."
The sarcasm was dripping,but Sutter wasn't done: "In today’s two referee system you’re just hoping for one really good one all of the time."
If you missed the call on Ciiffors, watch it here.
I believe the Jets scored twice during the time Clifford was in the penalty box.
Connor did leave the game but has returned.
from Jeff Bell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Winnipeg forward Nikolaj Ehlers fired a pass in his own end that somehow squeezed through the pads of goalie Michael Hutchinson 1:23 into the extra period to give the Colorado Avalanche a crazy 3-2 triumph over the Jets Friday night in Denver....
"I thought I had two guys right by me and I just tried to throw it in the middle and get (our) two guys going," he explained....
Jets head coach Paul Maurice said his club did plenty of things right, flukey goal notwithstanding.
"He threw the puck at the net, it shouldn’t have gone in. It’s a bad break," said Maurice. "It really had nothing to do with the game or how we played. We played a really hard-fought road game. It’s a good point on the road, good effort."
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from Darren Dreger of the Dreger Report,
Winnipeg Jets star centre Mark Scheifele, who currently leads the National Hockey League in points (19), is living up to the potential the Jets scouting staff saw in him in 2011 when the franchise celebrated its return to the NHL by drafting him seventh overall.
Scheifele was picked in the seventh round, 134th overall, by Saginaw in the 2008-09 OHL Priority Selection draft. While considered a good player at the time, Scheifele, who played his minor hockey in his hometown of Kitchener, Ont., needed time to develop.
Driven then as he is now, Scheifele grew physically and his game progressed under the watchful eye of Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk, the head coach of the Barrie Colts who wisely traded for Scheifele in 2010. He scored 22 goals and 75 points in 66 games in his NHL draft year. Rather than rush him, Jets management sent Scheifele back to Barrie and Hawerchuk, a man deeply respected throughout the organization.
Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff says having patience is the most difficult thing in the NHL. Scheifele wasn't physically ready for the NHL in 2011-12 and needed more time to develop and experience the pressure of leading the Colts every night. Hawerchuk believes the extra season in the OHL further strengthened him physically and mentally.
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Jacob Trouba ended his contract stalemate with the Winnipeg Jets, but I doubt it ends the speculation about his future. Publicly, everyone is saying the right things, but I truly believe Trouba might still welcome a change of scenery before this two-year deal ends. I mean, he made a pretty strong stand asking for a trade to begin with. He's a young man of conviction. But in the meantime, this is the smart move for everyone involved.
-Pierre LeBrun of TSN where you can read more on Trouba and many more hockey topics.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
Taking a bridge deal was always the most likely outcome for Jacob Trouba.
So, now that Trouba has agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $6 million that carries an average annual value of $3 million, what does it mean for his long-term future with the Winnipeg Jets?
That question might take a little longer to decipher.
Since neither Trouba or his agent Kurt Overhardt spoke to the media after the deal was made official on Monday afternoon, it's tough to say what has changed in that camp since making a trade request in May that centred around usage and became public in late September when the defenceman didn't show up for training camp.
For the Jets, keeping Trouba in the fold and even keeping him long term was always the long-range play.
So for Cheveldayoff, Monday's move was a success, though one could argue a better play would have been to get Trouba signed to a six-year deal with an average annual value in the neighbourhood of $5.5 million.
from Bob McKenzie tweets,
I must be a dummy because I don't see how Trouba signing two-year bridge deal with $3M AAV makes him more likely to be traded now.
I don't see how that changes now that he signed. For any team acquiring Trouba, I never expected signing him was a big impediment to trade.
Any team that would've traded for him could've leveraged same bridge deal he did with WPG. If anything, Trouba may cost more down road now.
That said, having JT singed allows WPG to possibly trade on its timetable. If WPG was really intent on moving him, woulda been done already.
a few more recent tweets from McKenzie...
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