2013 Winnipeg Jets Season Preview
The Jets made some moves earl on this offseason, bringing in Michael Frolik and Devin Setoguchi via trades with the Blackhawks and Wild. Lost to free agency this season were Ron Hainsey, Nik Antropov, Kyle Wellwood and Alex Burmistrov, but most of those seemed like the right move for the long run. The Jets will need Ondrej Pavelec to be solid between the posts this season if they want a chance at the playoffs, and a 2.95 won’t cut it this time. After being on the road for the first three games of the New Year in Ottawa, Boston and Pittsburg, the Winnipeg faithful will welcome back the club with 7 of 11 at home. The Jets will face the Lightning on January 7th, followed by the Blue Jackets and Coyotes. The end of the month will feature games against the Maple Leafs, Predators and Canucks.
2011 Winnipeg Jets Season Preview
The hockey team formerly known as the Atlanta Thrashers, the Winnipeg Jets, arguably have more to prove this season than anyone in the National Hockey League. The franchise changed its name earlier this year and has since moved to Winnipeg, Canada, to cater to the thriving fanbase. In the 2011-12 regular season, ice hockey enthusiasts can expect to see plenty of talent in the rink. A number of veterans are expected to make their debut in Winnipeg and give the franchise a chance to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including Mark Stuart, Blake Wheeler and Nik Antropov. Head coach Claude Noel will also bring valuable experience to the team and assist them in their effort to make their first appearance in the playoffs in years. In 2011-12, expect the Jets to be a contender in the Southeast division. Although the Capitals have maintained a stronghold on first place over the years, Winnipeg will bring unique talent that could rival any of their rivals.
2010 Atlanta Thrashers Season Preview
The Atlanta Thrashers have had a tough time since their inaugural season in 2000. In their 10 years of existence, the team has qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs just once, but were swept by the New York Rangers in the conference quarterfinals. After finishing out of the postseason again last year, the Thrashers brought in Craig Ramsay to coach, in hopes of bringing the franchise to the next level. Atlanta has one of the younger teams in the NHL, and that may play to their advantage in the coming season. Although they lost Ilya Kovalchuk, they return a number of talented players. Forward Evander Kane, who was the 4th overall pick a year ago, had a solid rookie season and, at just 19 years old, will be the offensive leader on this youthful team. Bryan Little and Alex Burmistrov will join Kane on the front line, and add some offensive firepower. Defensively, the Thrashers are full of potential but inexperienced. Tobias Enstrom and Zach Bogosian have the ability to make an impact. However, the goaltending is up in the air, as they may switch between Ondrej Pavelec and Dwayne Robinson between the pipes. Although they lack experience, the Thrasher's have a high ceiling which may lead them to a surprise trip to the playoffs.
2009 Atlanta Thrashers Season Preview
Atlanta Thrashers fans should be optimistic heading into the 2009-2010 NHL season, because their team looks ready to grab an Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Thrashers finished 4th in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference last year and will need 8-10 more wins this season to get into the postseason. Atlanta is led by Head Coach John Anderson and team captain Ilya Kovalchuk. The Thrashers play their home games at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.