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Prominent Pavelec

Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec is a restricted free agent this summer.

Wednesday, 25.04.2012 / 4:22 PM / Feature
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff most likely has a full plate along with a full inbox these days. His to-do list must be longer than anyone could imagine. One name that is most likely sitting near the top of that to-do list is Ondrej Pavelec’s contract. Pavelec becomes a restricted free agent with arbitration rights this summer.

It is up to Pavelec’s agent, Alan Walsh to negotiate with Cheveldayoff to see if the right deal can be made, hopefully sooner than later.

If it were up to the 24-year-old from Kladno, Czech Republic, the decision would be easy, just come back and play in Winnipeg next year. Unfortunately for Pavelec and the Winnipeg Jets fans, the process isn’t that easy.

“I like it here and feel very comfortable here,” Pavelec commented the day after the season ended. “I would like to stay here but you never know what’s going to happen- it’s still a business.

“I think the team is really good and we’re going in the right direction. I like the city and the fans and the organization did everything to help us get comfortable here. I really like it here.”

Like almost every player in the dressing room the day after the final game of the season, Pavelec reiterated how dismayed he was that the team missed the playoffs but also noted how proud he was that the team never gave up the battle.

“Of course we’re disappointed that we didn’t make it,” said Pavelec. “It was our goal at the beginning of the year to make the playoffs and we didn’t, but it was a special season for us. For me, I was really happy to be a part of it…to be part of the first year of the new Winnipeg Jets. It’s been really fun to play here.

“We have a really young team. It wasn’t easy for us to come here everything was new at the beginning of the year which wasn’t easy at all. But, we battled hard all year long. You have to deserve to make the playoffs and you make the playoffs for a reason. It’s tough to make it; there are a lot of really good teams in the league.”

Pavelec showed a lot of growth and maturation as the season went on and truly earned every minute he played with the Jets. After playing 58 games in 2010-11 with the Atlanta Thrashers, he added 10 more to hit 68 this season. Through 68 games, he finished with a 29-28-9 record including four shutouts. He finished with a .906 save percentage and a 2.91 goals-against average.

“It feels really good,” said Pavelec of his number of starts. “I play a lot of games and I feel really comfortable in the net and feel really comfortable behind this team. I like to play. I always say that I want to play the games. I was really happy that I stayed healthy all year long and was able to play in those games.”

He attributes his ability to play the 68 games and stay healthy to his off-ice choices.

“I think I learned a lot from last year. It’s important how you manage your rest off the ice. I always like to watch TV and just stay home… I don’t do anything too crazy. It’s been a long year with a lot of games but a lot is how you manage your time off.”

Pavs’ favourite moment of the season?

“Every game in the MTS Centre has been amazing and I’m so happy I was able to be a part of it. It’s been really fun to play in front of these fans.”

Author: Kristi Hennessy

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01