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Winnipeg Jets Complimentary Of Golden Knights And T-Mobile Arena

These people are why Vegas is so good at home. These exact people. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The Winnipeg Jets came into Las Vegas having earned a point in each of their previous eight games. That stretch ended abruptly when they faced a team on a streak of their own. After last night’s 5-2 Golden Knights victory, Vegas has now won six straight games at T-Mobile Arena, something the Jets were aware of coming in.

They were everything that we expected. Our preparation before the game showed that hockey team. You know I said how once you get out there, we just couldn’t get out of our zone. –Blake Wheeler, Jets Captain

The Captain didn’t seem upset or frustrated, if anything, he was more impressed with the team he faced.

I think just the way they play, their forecheck is really tough to break. They are great at getting above the puck. There just wasn’t a whole lot of space to make plays. You have got to give them a lot of credit, we made a lot of mistakes that cost us, gave them a little bit too much space. They really capitalize on their looks and you have to give them credit. They played a good hockey game tonight. -Wheeler

Wheeler expected a strong effort from Vegas but wasn’t stunned by the loss. Looking forward, expect Winnipeg to be even more prepared for the Golden Knights.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 (10-5-1 21 PTS) WINNIPEG JETS 2

After a reasonably slow start by both teams, the Golden Knights used their forechecking and transition game to jump out to a 2-0 lead. 2nd period magic returns as the Golden Knights dominate the center frame and coast to what might be their most impressive win of the year against a good Winnipeg Jets team.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets at T-Mobile Arena.

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  • Winnipeg’s impressions on their first “business trip” to Las Vegas.

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K*** Maxime Lagace
** Reilly Smith
* William Karlsson

Mock Expansion Draft – Protected Players – Winnipeg Jets

The first step to our mock draft is to establish the list of players that will be available for the Las Vegas franchise to draft. To do this, we decided to have a blogger from each team represent their own franchise and select the players that will be protected from the Mock Expansion Draft available player pool. To see the rules which were followed to protect players, hit this link.

Next up, we have the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets are being represented by Trevor Rinn from ArcticIceHockey.com.

Protected Players

Analysis from ArcticIceHockey.com:

As the Winnipeg Jets have already been crowned the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions, via The Hockey News, (we here at The Sin Bin do not condone this message) there should be little question that it doesn’t matter who is taken in this expansion draft. The 2019 Cup is already spoken for. It does, however, speak volumes about the prospects that will become available to the newcomers.

The toughest decision when deciding who to protect for this expansion draft came down to two players – Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien. Both are entering the last year of their respective contracts, and are not locks to even be in Winnipeg by the time 2017-18 rolls around. With that in mind, I’ve made the assumption that both will re-sign, and protected them accordingly. If they are not re-signed, I’m going to assume that at least one player from each deal Kevin Chevaldayoff makes will end up on the protected list.

The only goalie to be protected was Connor Hellebuyck, as any team that wants Ondrej Pavelec is welcome to him. Michael Hutchinson, while excellent in 2014-15 is going to be a UFA next year and would likely be let go regardless – to make room for Hellebucyk. The choice was relatively easy.

The choice to only protect one goalie was also made easier by the plethora of quality defensemen in the Winnipeg Jets line up. A top-four of Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom, Tyler Myers, and Jacob Trouba is something that should be retained, and Josh Morrissey is developing nicely, and was a priority for protection.

There is also a lot of youth in the forward corps that needed to be blocked off from expansion poaching. While mainstays like Blake Wheeler, Brian Little, and Mark Scheifele were pretty much automatic, spots were also reserved for Nic Petan and Nikolaj Ehlers – just two of the Jets many highly touted prospects.

The downside to this is that it does leave a lot of young talent at risk of taking flight. Joel Armia, Eric Comrie, Brendan Lemieux, Andrew Copp – all there for the taking.

It does leave some other interesting pieces open to the expansion teams. Drew Stafford is likely to get snapped up, as he’s a solid veteran who can put the puck in the net, and there is no shortage of NHL-ready defensemen to pick from. Pavelec is a proven NHL starter, and while his numbers may not be great, a team that takes him know they are getting someone that can play 65+ games in a year.

The entire list of unprotected players that will be available for Team Lane and Team Pothier to select from can be found here.

To see more team explanations just like this one, check out The Sin Bin Mock Expansion Draft Landing Page.

Special thanks again to Trevor Rinn from ArcticIceHockey.com. Be sure to follow @ArcticIceHockey on Twitter, and heck, throw us (@SinBinVegas) a follow too while you’re at it.

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