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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
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30 in 30: Jets add scoring depth to lineup
NHL.com projects the Winnipeg Jets\' lineup entering the 2013-14 season as part of its 30 in 30 series throughout the month of August.
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.

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