So we are almost 1/10th of a way through the season. Lets put our Analyzing Caps on and take a look at the Jets so far.
Today we are going to look at my 5 most shocking surprises. These are things that I could have never predicted.
1) Nik Antropov is decent
When True North acquired the Thrashers this was one guy I had wished they left behind. While he had a ton of potential and all the physical tools the one knock against Antropv is that he is lazy and doesn’t give 100% all the time. I bought into that line of thinking and I am a big enough man to admit when I’m wrong. He has easily been one of the top three Jets so far this season. After watching him play I don’t think he is lazy. He’s a big dude who takes about half the strides of the average player thus giving the illusion of him not skating hard. Antropov has alos been criticized for not being physical enough. I think that was do to injuries because so far this year he has been crushing guys behind the net.
2) The D is really bad
I was so happy when I saw the roster for the Thrashers. Names like Big Buff, Enstrom and Bogosian all stood out for me. Here I thought the Jets had inherited two all star defensemen and one who could end up being a dominate force in a few years. Add in Mark Stuart, Johnny Oduya and Ron Hainsey and you have on paper a pretty good D line up. Wow was I mistaken. The D give up too many turnovers and seems to rush the puck way too much, Big Buff is a forward who just lines up as a defenseman and Bogosian still looks like the NHL game is too fast for him at times.
3) We have 2 starting goaltenders
I always knew Pavelec was a bonifide NHL goalie and thought that Chris Mason was a backup on the decline. So far this season both goalies have looked pretty good and probably could start on half the teams in the NHL right now. Mason looked spectacular in a win over the Canes and gave the Jets a chance to win against the Rangers. I think Claude Noel must sleep a little easier knowing he has two goalies which he can start without much drop off.
4) Lack of scoring
Everyone knew the Jets were going to have trouble putting pucks in the net but I don’t think anyone could have predicted how visible those troubles would be early on. The Jets were hoping that Andrew Ladd, Brian Little, Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler would be providing the offensive punch this team sorely lacks. All the aforementioned players have had trouble generating any offensive spark. Its not that they are not trying. No one is questioning their work ethic or desire. Sometimes the puck just doesn’t want to go in for you. Its just unfortunate that all of the Jets scorers are going through a slump at the same exact time.
5) The reception of Winnipeg back in the NHL
When the Jets played the Pens the other night their play by play announcer couldn’t stop talking about the crowd and how loud they were. When the Jets went to Toronto they had more media in their dressing room than any other team when they visit the centre of the universe. All over the NHL people are expressing their happiness and Joy that Winnipeg is back in the league. I had a feeling that they would get a positive reaction. I just wasn’t expecting the out pouring of love and admiration we are seeing game in and game out.
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