Saturday, November 10, 2012

NHL Season 2012-2013: What We're All Missing, Part 7, The Jets

By Pete Dombrosky (@Pete_Dombrosky)

Yes, the NHL and the NHLPA have been meeting all week. Things are looking positive for NHL fanz, but until the announcement comes that this NHL season is to exist, What We're All Missing will continue to share with the Sportz Broz faithful the key ingredients to each team fan base's lust for the game. 

Be sure to check out Parts 1-6 after reading up on the Jets in Part 7! Only here on SBz, bro.

What We're All Missing, Part 1, Avalanche, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets
What We're All Missing, Part 2, Blues, Bruins, Canadiens, Canucks
What We're All Missing, Part 3, Capitals, Coyotes, Devils

What We're All Missing, Part 4, Ducks, Flames

What We're All Missing, Part 5, The Flyers
What We're All Missing, Part 6, The Islanders

Winnipeg Jets 
2011-2012 Record: (37-35-10) 84 points
Playoffs: Failed to qualify

When you look at the Jets by the numbers, it doesn’t appear that their 2011-12 campaign accomplished much. They finished 11th in the Eastern Conference, averaged only 2.7 goals per game (12th in the NHL) and allowed 3.0 goals per game (26th in the NHL).

But for the first time in 15 years, the devoted hockey fans in Winnipeg once again had a team to call their own. That’s the primary reason hockey will be missed in Winnipeg. Despite being the smallest arena in the NHL (seating 15,004 for hockey games), the MTS Centre is one of the most raucous and electric hockey venues in the league (which also helped the Jets to a 23-13-5 home record). Fans routinely break into chanting reminiscent of an international soccer match, making the hockey experience in this south Manitoba city truly unique.

Despite finishing the season leaving much to be desired, the Jets teetered on the playoff line late in the campaign. They had three 20-plus goal scorers (Evander Kane 30, Andrew Ladd 28, and Bryan Little 24) and the future looks bright for Kane. This season starts the first year of a new deal for the 21-year-old, which will last six years and amount to $31.5 million. Kane is the premier player in the Winnipeg organization and hockey pundits and Jets fans alike know that more 30-goal seasons are on the way for this talented forward.

In the net, the Jets found a bright spot in their starting goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who notched a career-high in wins (29) and possibly had the save of the year.

Consistency is the problem for Pavelec, but he can find it and if the Jets find a way to win more games away from the friendly confines of MTS Centre, they could be a contender for the postseason.

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