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30 in 30: Jets add scoring depth to lineup

Wednesday, 14.08.2013 / 10:30 AM / Feature
By Corey Masisak  - NHL.com Staff Writer
The 2013-14 edition of the Winnipeg Jets isn't going to look profoundly different from the 2012-13 team, but it is going to need to be more proficient at preventing goals.

Scoring isn't likely to be a problem, and the additions of Devin Setoguchi and Michael Frolik through trades, Matt Halischuk via free agency, and the potential graduation of Mark Scheifele to full-time NHL duty could make the Jets an even more formidable offensive club. Depth scoring was a major problem last season, but those four could end up among the top nine forwards.

There weren't as many alterations on the back end, with top prospect Jacob Trouba likely to be the only addition if he's ready for the NHL after one year at the University of Michigan. Better health for Zach Bogosian and Tobias Enstrom would help, and it is possible Frolik and Halischuk contribute as much at the defensive end as they do on offense.
It is also time for Ondrej Pavelec to prove he's more than an average NHL goaltender (he's certainly being paid like an above-average one). The core is back together, and everyone has a long-term contract now, but another year without a Stanley Cup Playoff berth could make it time for some changes in Winnipeg.

Here is the projected 2013-14 lineup for the Jets:

Forwards

Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler

Evander Kane - Mark Scheifele - Devin Setoguchi

Matt Halischuk - Olli Jokinen - Michael Frolik

Eric Tangradi - Jim Slater - James Wright

Chris Thorburn

Defensemen

Tobias Enstrom - Zach Bogosian

Grant Clitsome - Dustin Byfuglien

Mark Stuart - Jacob Trouba

Paul Postma - Adam Pardy

Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec

Al Montoya

NOTES: The most notable position battle in training camp will be Scheifele vs. Jokinen for the second-line center spot behind Little. If Scheifele looks like he can handle the job, he's almost certainly going to be given a chance. Halischuk is not on a one-way contract, but he averaged 1.68 points per 60 minutes of ice time with the offensively challenged Nashville Predators last season; that figure was better than all of the Jets' forwards after their big four (the top line plus Kane).

It might be time for Bogosian to pass Byfuglien on the right side of the defensive depth chart, at least at even strength. Adding Trouba potentially gives the Jets three quality offensive defensemen who shoot right-handed.

Pavelec has been a workhorse for the Jets, and that doesn't figure to change in 2013-14.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

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