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22-23 SEASON 46-33-3 95 points. plus 22 goals for/against. Lost in first round in five very quick games to the Golden Knights.


ADDITIONS Iafello, Vilardi and Raspari came over from the Kings, all are forwards, different levels of talent and expectations. Niederreitter came aboard as a third line winger. Namestnikov joins as a 4th line winger who can play up the lineup a bit. 


SUBTRACTIONS Longtime original Jet Wheeler was unceremoniously bought out and left for the Rangers. PL Dubois made it clear he was not coming back and went for a huge package to the Kings.


PROSPECTS 2020 fIRST ROUNDER Brad Lambert and second rounder Daniel Torgersson are two very talented middle six forwards but will likely have to wait a year as the team has plugged five forwards in while losing two. Both are solid prospects. Ville Heinola seems to have been a prospect for a decade but is only 22, he is out of options, he either must stick or will be claimed on waivers. 


WHATS THE PROBLEM? The problem is simple, nobody wants to play or live in the frozen tundra of Manitoba. Dubois is gone, the heart and soul of this team is Mark Scheiiele and Connor Hellybuyck. Both are entering the final year of their contracts, both have made it clear that they plan on not only playing out their option but neither will return. The Jets are in the unenviable position of being forced to trade arguably their two best players at some point during the season or lose them for nothing.


  PREDICTION A sad year for the Jets, whose ship has sailed. The return for Dubois was deep but not particularly great. A bunch of average forwards. Vilardi is currently listed as the 2C on the team in spite of being a winger in all but name. He cannot play center on any team that is to be taken seriously. 

  They also have eight NHL defenseman, will lose either Stanley or Heinola if they try to sneak them through waivers and send them down.


  I see the Jets finishing in 7th place with 82 points and be the subject of trade rumors all year as the deadline aproaches. Before the year is over the team will be in full rebuild with Hellboy and Scheifele gone and prospects picks added to the roster. 

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