An inside look at the Winnipeg Jets

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The Winnipeg Jets have a new coach and a different direction heading into the 2022-23 season.

After missing the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in five seasons, Gates hopes they can turn things around quickly. After a thorough search of at least five candidates, Rick Bowness was hired as coach on July 3. league as president or assistant coach. He led the Dallas Stars to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final and was between 46, 30 and 6 last season.

“I wasn’t interested in going into the rebuilding,” Bowness said. “This team has a great young goalkeeper in Coonoor [Hellebuyck]Good defense, we have some great strikers. Are there some things we need to change? definitely.”

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Paul Morris resigned as Jets coach 29 games in the December 2021-22 season. Winnipeg at the time was 11-5-13. Dave replaced Laurie Morris on a temporary basis and went 26-22-6.

“When we played with them last year, something was missing; you can feel it and you can see it,” said Bowness. “I don’t get into it because I wasn’t here. It got a little derailed. But if you go back and look at the list, how competitive it was for a while, it’s there.”

“They know they are better than they were last year. The players I spoke with are very excited to get back on the ice and prove that they are a better team than they were last year.”

The planes lost center Paul Stastney to Carolina Hurricanes as an unrestricted free agent, but they expect an injection of talent from their potential pool.

Winnipeg sees an opportunity to Cool Perfect, a first-round pick (#10) in the 2020 NHL Draft, to secure the top-six forward. Perfetti scored seven points (two goals, five assists) in 18 games as an aircraft rookie in 2021-22 before a back injury ended his season.

“We are excited to see him at training camp this year,” said Mark Heller, director of the Jets’ amateur scouting team. “Hopefully the injury is behind him and he can establish himself in this attacking role with the team and really give us that blow in the skill arm in those first two streaks.”

defenseman Heinola elephant, who was selected in the first round (#20) of the 2019 NHL Draft, could also appear. The 21-year-old had five assists in 12 games for the Jets last season, and 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in 41 NHL games for Mantiuba.

“I hope this year will be his breakthrough year,” Heller said. “He’s had his time in the American Hockey League and he’s been a really good player there, and I think it’s time to take the leap and see what he’s really got this year.”

Veteran Winnipeg goalkeeper David Ritich to a one-year contract on July 13, hoping to balance the workload. Hellebuyck started the second-most games in the NHL last season (66) and led the league in shots (2,155) and saves (1,962).

straight ahead Sam Gagner Entering his 16th season in the National Hockey League after the 33-year-old signed a one-year contract on September 2 to add scoring depth to the bottom six. He had 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 81 games with the Detroit Red Wings last season.

Cheveldayoff could not sign Pierre Luc Dubois to a long-term extension, and instead agree to a one-year contract with the restricted free agent. attackers Yevgeny Svechnikov (San Jose Sharks) and Christian Visalainen (Malmö in the Swedish Hockey League) left and goalkeeper Eric Comry He signed a two-year contract with Buffalo Sabers.

So, with the majority of the roster back, it’s up to Bowness to find a way to get the Jets back in the playoffs.

“Rick is the guy to come here, and it’s not ‘my way or the highway,’ but it’s a solid approach to get this team back on the right track,” Sheffieldev said. “Rick is the type to take on this challenge.”

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