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Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba needs to be the leader of this defense. His leadership will determine how far the Jets go.



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 9/8/2017.




Winnipeg Jets Line 1 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Nikolaj Ehlers
Left Wing
82
6-foot-0-inches
176-pounds
25
39
64
Mark Scheifele
Center
79
6-foot-3-inches
207-pounds
32
50
82
Blake Wheeler
Right Wing
82
6-foot-5-inches
225-pounds
26
48
74

Winnipeg Jets Line 2 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Mathieu Perreault
Left Wing
65
5-foot-10-inches
188-pounds
13
32
45
Bryan Little
Center
59
6-foot-0-inches
191-pounds
21
26
47
Patrik Laine
Right Wing
73
6-foot-5-inches
206-pounds
36
28
64

Winnipeg Jets Line 3 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Shawn Matthias
Left Wing
45
6-foot-4-inches
231-pounds
8
4
12
Adam Lowry
Center
82
6-foot-5-inches
207-pounds
15
14
29
Joel Armia
Right Wing
57
6-foot-3-inches
205-pounds
10
9
19

Winnipeg Jets Line 4 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Andrew Copp
Left Wing
64
6-foot-1-inches
206-pounds
9
8
17
Marko Dano
Center
38
5-foot-11-inches
212-pounds
4
7
11
Kyle Connor
Right Wing
81
6-foot-1-inches
182-pounds
2
3
5


Winnipeg Jets Forwards Review: Winnipeg has four quality lines of forwards. The first line is an elite line of forwards that can take off and get goals at any point. The second line is excellent as well. The third line is a quality line. Kyle Connor, Winnipeg's 2015 first round pick will make his debut on the fourth line after winning rookie of the year in Manitoba.


Winnipeg ranked 7th in goals scored and 18th on the power play in 2016-2017. The potential for Winnipeg to be a top 10 unit in both goals scored and power play goals is there though.




Winnipeg Jets Defensive Lines


Player
Line
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Dustin Byfuglien
Line 1
80
6-foot-5-inches
260-pounds
13
39
52
Jacob Trouba
Line 1
60
6-foot-3-inches
202-pounds
8
25
33
Josh Morrissey
Line 2
82
6-foot-0-inches
195-pounds
6
14
20
Toby Enstrom
Line 2
60
5-foot-10-inches
180-pounds
1
13
14
Tyler Myers
Line 3
11
6-foot-8-inches
229-pounds
2
3
5
Dmitry Kulikov
Line 3
47
6-foot-1-inches
204-pounds
2
3
5


Winnipeg Jets Defensemen Review Winnipeg has a great defense when their defense is healthy. I think the Dustin Byfuglien and Jacob Trouba tandem is deadly. You also got a young and emerging Joshua Morrissey. Then you got Toby Enstrom, Tyler Myers, and Dmitry Kulikov. This defense has talent. Enstrom, Myers, and Kulikov have to stay healthy in order for Winnipeg to have a shot though.


Winnipeg was 27th in goals allowed and 26th in penalty killing in 2016-2017. The defense was the issue last year. I only trust Dustin Byfuglien and Jacob Trouba. Those guys may get rotated on different lines. We could see Tyler Myers back on the first line. I like all 6 of these defenders when healthy, but one single injury on the blue line and Winnipeg can kiss their playoff dreams goodbye.




Draft Utopia Between The Pipes Goalie Tracker


Starting Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Steve Mason
Winnipeg Jets
54
26-21-8
3 Shutouts
.908
2.66 GAA

Backup Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Connor Hellebuyck
Winnipeg Jets
53
26-19-4
4 Shutouts
.907
2.89 GAA


Winnipeg Jets Goaltender Review Steve Mason and Connor Hellbuyck ar quality goalies. I think the Jets have the goalies to put up a team that will contend.




Winnipeg Jets Prospect Pool: Winnipeg is already stacked with defensemen in the AHL as well as the NHL. The Jets' reloaded with offensive prospects in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.


Then the Jets right winger Jack Roslovic with their second first round pick. Roslovic played next to 2016 NHL Draft prospects Matthew Tkachuk and Auston Matthews.


Winnipeg aced their first round and did more of the same in rounds 2-7 when they got Jansen Harkins at 47 in the second round, who I mocked to the Jets at 17. Then Winnipeg got Erik Foley at left wing in third round. Michael Spacek was a 3rd-4th round center prospect that was projected to go in the top 100 and the Jets' got him at 117. Mason Appleton was a 4th-6th round pick, and Winnipeg got the fifth round prospect in the sixth round by drafting a third center.


Winnipeg wrapped up their brilliant 2015 NHL Draft with two seven round steals in Sami Niku and Matteo Gennaro who were both 2nd-3rd round picks. It is amazing that Winnipeg got players with that much upside this late in the draft.


Winnipeg has Logan Stanley from the 2016 NHL Draft on defense. That has to give them a lot of optimism.


Winnipeg has one of the deepest prospect pools. That has to give Jets' fans a lot of hope moving forward.




Winnipeg Jets 2017-2018 Prediction


The Winnipeg Jets have the talent to be a playoff team if everyone is healthy. Being in the same division as Chicago, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, and St. Louis when only five of those teams can make the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs makes the Winnipeg Jets a tough sell. I'm honestly really torn on this team since the talent is there if they stay healthy, but the strength of their opponents within the Central Division says otherwise.



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