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Cheveldayoff looks back on first year

Saturday, 02.06.2012 / 2:31 PM / News Articles
By Adam Kimelman  - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Kevin CheveldayoffWhen Kevin Cheveldayoff arrived at the NHL Scouting Combine, it was in an entirely different role than his time here in years past.

It was at last year's Combine that the first seeds were planted that landed Cheveldayoff, then an assistant GM with the Chicago Blackhawks, as GM of the Winnipeg Jets.

Hired by the Jets on June 8, 2011, he had to hit the ground running heading into last year's draft. This year, he says, it's a bit different of an experience for him.

"We feel much more prepared," he told NHL.com. "I don't know whether we feel more relaxed because I think as everyone around the NHL has seen, the market in Winnipeg is really very hockey crazy, and with that comes an immense responsibility to make sure that you serve them well and take the responsibility very seriously."

Cheveldayoff said that work has continued this week at the Scouting Combine as he and his scouting staff continued to build their knowledge base for the 2012 NHL Draft. As of now the Jets will pick ninth.

"It's very exciting, it's very exhilarating," he said of the Combine. "The amount of work and the amount of preparation that goes into it, that doesn't change because whatever role you're in with an NHL organization, you know the importance of this, you know the importance of the amateur draft and the re-stocking and adding to your organization from a talent perspective. You're very, very prepared. But when you're the guy that is the general manager, it does take on a little bit more special meaning, when you see the kids and know you're really impacting their lives and they can really impact yours at some point in time. It's an exciting time for them but it's an exciting time for the organization, as well."

In their first season back in the League, the Jets went 37-35-10, and their 84 points were 11th in the Eastern Conference, eight points out of a playoff spot.

Cheveldayoff said the biggest thing he learned in his first season was having a strong support staff.

"Without the people around you, it's a very, very lonely business," he said. "That's why you need those people around you. You need that support, you need that idea generation. You need that strong group of people that are all pulling in the same direction. We're fortunate in that we have a great staff, from top to bottom, that is a very unified group. The better I can manage them and lead them, the greater good our organization will be in."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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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

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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