Summer Skate: Winnipeg Jets

Can the new additions and young talent push this team into the postseason?

Updated: September 8, 2013, 1:08 PM ET
By Robert Vollman and Corey Pronman |
Hockey Prospectus

Olli JokinenFred Greenslade/ReutersOlli Jokinen will need to improve this season if the Jets are going to contend.

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with the Winnipeg Jets. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Note: Because of the lockout, GVT scores for the 2013 season are prorated from 48 to 82 games.

Summer Skate: Winnipeg Jets

The move to the new division means the excessive travel is over, but after two full seasons for the franchise in Winnipeg, the honeymoon may be over, too -- management and fans are now looking for some results.

Last season, the Jets ranked 25th in goals allowed and 24th in penalty killing and had the league's worst power play. The only moves they made this offseason were to retool their forward depth by replacing Nik Antropov, Kyle Wellwood and Alex Burmistrov with Devin Setoguchi, Michael Frolik and Mark Scheifele. That means the climb into the postseason is dependent upon improvement from the team's existing talent base.

Trending up: F Olli Jokinen
Last season: -5.1 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 2.5


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Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.