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by Paul on 08/22/14 at 07:24 AM ET
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
Are the Winnipeg Jets better right now than they were at this time last year?
Although there’s still nearly a month to go before main training camp, it’s a question that is generating plenty of discussion these days, whether it be around water coolers or in dressing rooms all across Manitoba....
While realizing the game is played on the ice and not on paper, let’s take a closer look at how the Jets are shaping up right now, position by position.
Returnee: Ondrej Pavelec
Candidate for promotion: Michael Hutchinson
The wild card: Connor Hellebuyck
Who’s out: Al Montoya (Florida Panthers)
The verdict: Worse
Given how well Montoya played as the backup last season and the fact Hutchinson has only three NHL games on his resume, it’s tough to argue the Jets aren’t in a worse position between the pipes. Granted, they’re expecting improvement from Pavelec, believe that Hutchinson is ready to make the jump to the NHL after an excellent season in the minors and the future looks bright for Hellebuyck, who is turning pro after a brilliant college career but needs some seasoning. Pavelec understands the importance of the upcoming season and it’s time for him to take the next step in his progression.
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