Winnipeg had an electric 2012-2013 campaign and barely missed making the playoffs. They had a shot to win the Southeast but the Capitals just came on too strong. Even though they came close, Jets fans have nothing to hang their head about. This is a team that is going to be solid moving forward. The Jets will be happy to move to the newly revamped Central Division. They had a tough travel schedule playing the Southeast and now they will be playing Minnesota, Chicago, and St. Louis. They will still have to travel south in order to play the Stars so it's not perfect but it's much better. The competitive level is going to be a bit tougher in the Central though in my opinion.
The Winnipeg offensive isn't flashy but they get the job done. They have many solid players returning. Evander Kane the 4th overall pick in 2009 just keeps getting better. Kane is the number one guy on this team and he finished last season with 33 points. Former Blackhawk Andrew Ladd led the Jets in scoring last season with 46 points. Blake Wheeler had the most goals for the Jets last year, totaling 19 just one more then Ladd.
The Jets added two big offensive names to the lineup with Michael Frolik and Devin Setogutchi. Frolik was acquired from the Blackhawks and he will add a veteran presence to this club. Frolik scored 20 goals when he was with the Panthers about three years ago and the Jets will be hoping he can rekindle those stats for them. Setoguchi has been tossed around the league playing for the Sharks and the Wild. He had a respectable 27 points in 48 games last season.
On defense there is just not much depth. The Jets have never finished higher than 24th in the league in goals allowed per game. Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom make up the top line up and behind them is Zach Bogosian who got a seven year $36 million dollar contract. The unproven 23 year old has 103 points in 297 NHL games and a -42 rating. Jacob Trouba is a very good prospect and he will get a crack at the NHL on the third defensive line for Winnipeg.
Between the pipes, they have Ondrej Pavelec who went 21-20-3 with a 2.80 GAA and .905 SV%. Backing up Pavelec is Al Montoya who went 3-1-0 last season with a 2.90 GAA and .899 SV%. Montoya is not going to replace Pavelec but should provide a decent option for his days off. Pavelec is just not that good and the Jets will need to address that at some point in order to take the next step.
The Jets lost prospect Alexander Burmistrov to the KHL. Burmistrov played just one full season with the Jets, posting 10 points in 44 games. The Jets have a good amount of unanswered questions heading into the 2013-2014 campaign. While they will be an exciting team to watch and opposing players will not want to face them in the MTS Centre. The Jets are just not going to be a top four team in the Central this season.
Odds to win the Stanley Cup: 50/1