Winnipeg – Turning the calendar would be a welcome respite for the Winnipeg Jets.
Simply put, the Jets did not enjoy full enjoyment in 2020.
With long-term defender Dustin Baifuglin’s final two-year contract ending in April or his early departure from the qualifying series against Calgary Flame, the Jets were quite disappointed.
The Jets were left with Mark Schiffel in just three shifts if Flemes were out for four games, and Patrick Line and Mason Appelton were also injured who were knocked out the following season.
A new season brings a new outlook and optimistic idea to the Jets, who believe they have strengthened their defenses after dealing with huge turnover in 2019-20 and addressed second-line centerpieces by returning Paul Stasney. .
Will the off-season movies successfully translate to the Jets moving to the All-Canadian section for this narrow, one-off sprint finish?
This is still to be seen, but Horizon’s new adventure also provides a platform for forecasting, and here are three bold ones for 2021:
1. Connor will repeat as a helloback Vigina Trophy winner
Some may find it safe to predict the pool for me, but here’s his counter-argument: No one has won a trophy for the NHL’s top goals in the following seasons since Martin Broadier achieved this feat in the 200in-0ur and 200in -08.
Brodier occupied the vagina four times in five seasons and repeated it twice, interrupting the Mica Kiprosoff cycle in 2006-07.
The only revival goals since 1979-80 were by Dominic Haske (1993-94 and 1994-95, and 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99) and Patrick Roy (1988-89 and 1989-90).
Hellbook has been nominated for Vigina twice in the last three seasons, winning it for the first time in 2012-2017. There was a good reason why Hellbike found himself in the ballot for the most valuable player award.
In a season where the Jets gave up a lot of chances for high-risk scoring, Hellbike showed a level of enthusiasm that allowed his team to compete almost every night. Since he became a supporter, Hellbook has not only embraced but also developed into a workhorse role.
At a time when many teams are taking over the 1-A and 1-B mentality when it comes to goal-scoring positions, Hellbook prefers to start a higher amount of games – and this is going to be a tight schedule that can serve him well.
Of course, the Jets need some tough play from backup Laurent Broswit, but the Hellbacks are determined to make last season even better – especially after Stanley’s early exit from the Cup play-offs.
Vegina should enter him as a front-runner to grab it again because it is.
2. Patrick Line will adopt the Jacob Troba mentality
Speculation about the future of the Finnish forward has created a lot of concentration in the fan base and it doesn’t look like it will go away anytime soon.
If the line seeks some historical perspective, it should not be seen anymore without its former teammate Jacob Troba.
Troba was one of the few jets to accept his business request publicly, but he did an incredibly good job for the next three seasons after the contract stalemate was settled.
He was able to easily distinguish the business side of the game from the performance side. Instead of dreaming about where he might end up, Troba worked hard on his craft and pushed himself to become a better player.
The Jets decided not to be on long-term expansion cards (Troba had one season left before becoming an unlimited free agent), the ninth-overall pick of the 2009 NHL draft just finished his best year as a supporter
Of course, the top power-play unit (thanks in part to Dustin Bifuglian’s injury) benefited his point totals, but Troba kept his attention on the ice.
By the end of Tuesday, the New York Rangers had a deal in the summer of 2019, and instead of going to arbitration, he agreed to a seven-year, 56 56 million deal.
It has been written many times in this place, but the first order of business of Jets is to find a way to maintain the relationship with the line.
But if that’s not possible, Losay is on the lane to hold another impressive season that will cost to acquire potential lawsuits and look for a lucrative, long-term deal, probably in the summer of 2021.
One more step is essential for his development, and there will be no push for Lane to bring himself back into the Rocket Richard Trophy talks this season.
3. The Jets will qualify for the playoffs
If the epidemic teaches us one thing, it is predictable.
With so many unknown unbelievers in the new season, it’s hard to find a handle that teams will handle best in unusual situations when they start the game again.
Creating this All-Canadian division, even if only for one season, is being welcomed by most with open arms.
It is also seen as a great change of pace for many.
The Jets are thrilled to learn that the Toronto Maple Leafs will probably not face the Boston Bruins or Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs this year, as they are happy to be away from the Central Division meat grinder.
The Pacific Division hasn’t walked the park for most of the season for Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers or Vancouver Canucks, but each of these clubs believes there is a chance to take the next step when it’s most important – even if they have some flaws with their respective rosters. .
The Montreal Canadians are seen by countless observers as the winners of the off-season, taking a number of notable steps to encourage the roster.
Ottawa senators are expected to end up in the basement about the only constant in terms of predictions, although bright days are expected as the road is not too far away.
When it comes to the rest of the section, the crystal ball is a bit cloudy.
The truth of the matter is that the Jets were probably able to finish anywhere from the third to the sixth, and this is not surprising.
But with a Vigina-caliber sphere, a skilled forward group and an ongoing defense corps that can bounce adequately and on average depending on the level of internal growth, it says here that the Jets will find a way to grab one of four playoffs available in all Canadian divisions. .