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Jets Journal: No pressure

Jets gathered for one last off-day session before their final pre-season game.

Thursday, 29.09.2011 / 11:59 AM / Jets Journal
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Jets Journal: No pressure
Jets gathered for one last off-day session before their final pre-season game.
The days are getting shorter for Coach Claude Noel as time winds down on training camp. Decision time is just around the corner. Jets' management and coaching staff will have to get down to their full-time roster of 22 which includes one extra forward and one extra defenceman.

The group of 36 players took to the ice this morning at the MTS Centre for their last full off-day practice before their last pre-season game tomorrow night. Players eagerly crowded into the dressing room after practice to look at the white board where the list was posted for who will be playing in tomorrow night's match-up against the Nashville Predators.

"We wanted to recognize who's played how many games and trying to see some of the other players and the young players. It was a lot of who do you need to see, who do you need to see more of?" said Noel.

Probable roster for Friday night.
-Jim Slater
-Patrice Cormier
-Tanner Glass
-Andrew Ladd
-Kyle Wellwood
-Alex Burmistro
-Mark Scheifele
-Bryan Little
-Janne Pesonen
-Chris Thorburn
-Blake Wheeler
-Ben Maxwell- Game time decision

-Tobias Enstrom
-Johnny Oduya
-Randy Jones
-Zach Bogosian
-Paul Postma
-Mark Stuart

-Ondrej Pavelec
-Chris Mason


Players are feeling the grind over the last few days of training camp, as they all know that more cuts have to come soon. They are doing everything they can to prove themselves and stay in on the roster. Winnipeg native, Jason Gregoire, would love nothing more than to play in the home opener on October 9th, in front of his friends and family. Gregoire assures that playing in Winnipeg has no added pressure- in fact, he's quite used to the family spotlight.

"No pressure whatsoever," said Gregoire. "Coming from UND (University of North Dakota), I played there for three years and honestly, every home game I was getting 15 or sometimes 20 tickets for family and friends. I actually think the atmosphere's are pretty comparable. We had 12 or 13 thousand fans at UND, with a lot of pressure to win and family in the stands all the time. Any pressure you put on yourself comes from within. I'm 22 years old, I've been playing hockey for a long time. You know what you have to do so at this point, it's just going out and doing it and having fun."

The term "bubble player" is thrown around this time of year mainly by the fans and the media. Being on the bubble, simply means that the player is floating around a roster spot. They have what it takes to play in the NHL probably in all aspects, but the question remains, have they made enough of an impression on the coaches and shown that they are ready? Gregoire's name has been used with the term bubble player during this training camp.

"You have to accept it, you know where you are. If I were to reject those comments and say that I'm not a bubble player, I'd be crazy. It might even help coming in under the radar as a bubble player and having to prove yourself then coming in being complacent and maybe not giving it your all.

"That's certainly not a position I'd never want to put myself in, even if I was a regular. You always have to come in and prove yourself because you have guys like Scheifele -18-year-olds, wanting to take your spots and they can, that's the crazy thing. You have to bring it every night."

All Gregoire can do now is hope that he has shown Noel and management enough to find his name on the roster sheet for October 9th, the home opener against the Montreal Canadiens.

"These exhibition games have been unbelievable so I can't imagine what the regular season home opener is going to be like against Montreal. It would obviously be a very special thing to be a part of. It would definitely be reaching a goal in my life, playing in the NHL. This is pretty darn close playing in these exhibition games but it's not it. As cool as it is, it's not the goal just yet.

"The funny thing about hockey," he added. "You dream about being in the NHL but it's never enough. You want to be a regular then you want to be an all-star, so there are a lot of steps along the way. Playing in that opener would be unbelievable for me."





1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46


A. Ladd 65 22 30 13 52
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
B. Wheeler 63 17 29 13 46
D. Byfuglien 65 15 27 6 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 65 10 26 2 36
M. Frolik 65 14 20 5 34
D. Stafford 59 11 17 -20 28
J. Tlusty 55 13 11 -19 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
M. Hutchinson 19 8 5 .918 2.34
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.57
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