Analyzing Rick Dudley’s Tenure as Thrashers General Manager

Rick Dudley has long been known around NHL circles as a shrewd talent evaluator.  Dudley is respected by his peers for not only his ability to spot a talented player but his willingness to do so.  Dudley is not about the spotlight.  His tenures in Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Chicago resulted in eventual organizational success, […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Features,Illegal Curve News,Jets Columns,Roster Analysis,Winnipeg Jets on June 8, 2011

2011 NHL Entry Draft Analysis: Winnipeg/Manitoba First Round Primer

We’re number 7! Well, the good news for Winnipeg/Manitoba hockey fans is that might mean the chance to draft the next Jeff Skinner for our new NHL franchise. Winnipeg/Manitoba will have the 7th overall pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday, June 24, 2011 and if last year’s 7th overall pick, […]

Posted by Ezra Ginsburg in Features,Illegal Curve News,Jets Prospect Pulse,NHL Draft,NHL Draft Preview,Prospect Pulse,Roster Analysis,Winnipeg Jets on June 7, 2011

Winnipeg’s Roster Analysis Part V: Free Agent Forwards, Cap Situation and Moving Forward

Part V. Free Agents Forwards: Unrestricted free agents (UFA) are not as desirable as they were pre-lockout.  Generally, teams lockdown their best players well into their UFA years, which limits the amount of quality star players hitting the market each season.   Winnipeg fans, however, should not expect this team to dabble into signing superstar UFA […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Features,Illegal Curve News,Jets Columns,Roster Analysis,Winnipeg Jets on June 1, 2011

Winnipeg’s Roster Analysis Part IV: Goaltending

Part IV. Goaltending Winnipeg has two netminders signed for next season in Ondrej Pavelec and Chris Mason.  These two netminders form a nice one-two punch in terms of age, Pavelec being 23 and Mason being 35. Here are the two netminders’ important statistics from last season: Goaltender Games Played Save Percentage Even Strength Save Percentage […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Features,Illegal Curve News,Jets Columns,Roster Analysis,Winnipeg Jets on June 1, 2011

Winnipeg’s Roster Analysis Part III: Defensemen

Part III. Defensemen Winnipeg has a very, very impressive young base on defense.  The team’s best all-around defenseman as of today is arguably Tobias Enstrom.  The Swedish defender will remind Winnipeggers of Teppo Numminen—goes about his business the right way, smart player and perennially underrated.  Enstrom is joined by Roseau, Minnesota’s Dustin Byfuglien.  “Big Buff” […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Features,Illegal Curve News,Jets Columns,Roster Analysis,Winnipeg Jets on June 1, 2011

Winnipeg’s Roster Analysis Part II: Restricted Free Agents & Cap Situation

Part II.  Restricted Free Agents & Cap Situation: Next let’s identify the team’s restricted free agents.  Led by two-time Stanley Cup champion Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg will have some work to do when it comes to signing their own free agent forwards. Player Age Approximate cap hit Andrew Ladd 25 ? Blake Wheeler 24 ? Ben […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Features,Illegal Curve News,Jets Columns,Roster Analysis,Winnipeg Jets,Winnipeg Jets RFA Analysis on June 1, 2011