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Development Camp: Day 4

Day 4 of the Winnipeg Jets development camp: Thursday, July 12th

Thursday, 12.07.2012 / 3:23 PM / Jets Journal
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content

The week has been flying by as the Jets' development camp wrapped up it's fourth of five days on Thursday afternoon. The players are used to the daily routine of getting up, having breakfast and heading to the rink for practice by this point.

You can really see the development from a lot of the guys that were around last year. They look so much more relaxed, comfortable and well, just all around more mature. St. John's IceCaps head coach, Keith McCambridge is one of the main coaches on the ice for all of the sessions during the camp. He knows a lot of these players from last season and is keeping his eyes on a few that he might see a lot more of in the future.

"I had a chance to coach a lot of these guys at prospect camp last year in Penticton," said McCambridge. "So for me, I'm looking at them to see has he made any advancements from last season, how is his game going? I see that in a lot of the guys, that they've made some strides and their game has gotten stronger. They have more confidence on the ice, now that they've had a year under their belt. It's that comparison,are they taking strides forward or back? Overall, I think everybody is really making some positive strides."

One guy a lot of people were interested in seeing back on the ice was Mark Schiefele. How is his game and where is he at this year compared to last year? Scheifele joined the IceCaps after the Barrie Colts were eliminated from the OHL playoffs and when the IceCaps were just getting going. He got a taste first hand  of what it's like to be in the AHL and work under McCambridge.

"We wanted him to have that experience at that pro-level and see what it's like," said McCambridge. "To play in playoff hockey and see what takes place day in and day out with that intensity and we thought he made some real strong strides. When I look at him now, he looks to be a little more rejuvenated out there, so that's a positive. Overall, you look at his game and you always hear that he's got to get stronger and it looks like he's made some steps in that direction. His energy level looks to be at a better level then it was when we saw him."

Jets' GM Kevin Cheveldayoff was at the MTS IcePlex today to give us his take on how the camp has been going so far.

"It's been a really exciting week for us so far," said Cheveldayoff. "It's exciting to have the opportunity to do the camp this year, we really wish we could have done it last year because you get to know the players and teach them through the different facets of the organization both internally and externally, we hope that all those things will help create the foundation for them to continue to grow and become good professional hockey players."

Cheveldayoff mentioned recently that the organization wanted to indoctrinate these players the 'Jet way'. His idea of the Jet way?

"The Jet way is certainly something that we feel strongly about that as an organization," Chevy explained. "We feel that once you become part of our family, we're going to do everything we possibly can to help move you along to become a professional hockey player. Right from the start, the moment that their name is called on the draft floor, the next people they see are the PR people and they start talking to them about being a Winnipeg Jet."

The list continued on from there on how each player goes through the initial orientation process and learns quickly what it means to be a Jet, and what the expectations are.

"When they're here, they all come together. They get to see the city and see the passion that is here from the fans, they get to hear it in the voices of the coaches and they get to become teammates. The first time they get to put a Jets jersey on together, it's here. These are memories and building blocks for the future."

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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