The Winnipeg Jets roster has quite a few recognizable names that even the most casual hockey fan would know. The series will depend on much more than just them though and that’s why as a VGK fan you should know more about their entire roster. To help you with that, we went to one of the best sources out there to help fill us in.
With the help of Drew Mindell from IllegalCurve.com (let’s be honest, he did all the work, I did almost nothing but type the words out), here’s a rundown of every player likely to play in the series. They are organized in order of their place in the lineup.
Kyle Connor (1st Line LW)
One of the Jets most prolific goal scorers and a sneaky passer and playmaker as well. Also a member of the All VGK Killer team having racked up 10 goals and 11 assists in 14 regular season games against the Golden Knights.
Pierre-Luc Dubois (1st Line C)
Future with the Jets is in flux with many reports of him wanting to play in Montreal. Has taken on the responsibility as the 1C with Mark Scheifele moving to his right wing. Incredibly difficult to play against with his physicality and strength as well as high-end skill. Strong defensively too.
Mark Sheifele (1st Line RW)
Highest goal scorer on the team, has had an interesting season in which he went through a difficult drought and was even benched during a game. Has returned to full form and accepted his move to the wing after playing center for most of his NHL career and fit in well on an excellent 1st line with Kyler Connor and Pierre-Luc Dubois.
Nikolaj Ehlers (2nd Line LW)
A zone entry machine, he couples speed and skill to push back defenders when carrying the puck. Took a while to work through a sports hernia injury but has been playing much better until the most recent injury that got Ryan Hartman suspended. Definitely one of the Jets’ most dangerous attacking players. Expected to be in the lineup for Game 1 but not a guarantee.
Vladislav Namestnikov (2nd Line C)
Acquired at the deadline, has stepped into a role as the #2 center pushing long-time center Mark Scheifele to the wing. Has been excellent since coming to the team experiencing strong chemistry with Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers.
Blake Wheeler (2nd Line RW)
Not the same player as he used to be having lost a step. Has seen his role reduced which has helped both him and the team as he no longer wears down in games. No longer counted on as the offensive driver of the line (that’s Nikolaj Ehlers now), instead has settled into a complementary role that has stabilized his game.
Nino Neiderreiter (3rd Line LW)
Another deadline acquisition is a pro’s pro that can play anywhere in the lineup and in any situation. Has enough skill to play in the top-six and produce and strong enough defensively to man the left wing of a shutdown 3rd line. Gelled well with Mason Appleton and Adam Lowry.
Adam Lowry (3rd Line C)
Heart and soul of the Winnipeg Jets as the team tends to take on his personality and style when his game is going well. Not an offensive driver but a large body and difficult to handle when in on the forecheck which has led to streaky offensive production. Expected to shoulder the load as the shutdown center and likely to be matched up with Jack Eichel.
Mason Appleton (3rd line RW)
A player that often gets lost in the shuffle has stepped up his game recently playing alongside Adam Lowry and Nino Niederreiter. Appleton is a solid forechecker with a touch of offense and decent defensively.
Morgan Barron (4th Line LW)
Acquired from NYR for Andrew Copp, playing his first full NHL season. 4th liner but has enough offensive potential that he could end up being an option to move up the lineup in the event of an injury. Penalty kill contributor as well.
Kevin Stenlund (4th Line C)
Won the job as the 4th line center role by being strong in faceoffs, a penalty killer, and defensive responsibility. Perfectly serviceable 4th liner but not expected to add much offense at all. Beware: He looks incredibly similar to Blake Wheeler both in stature, style, and number (28, Wheeler is 26).
Saku Maenalanen (4th Line RW)
One of the primary penalty killers but comes without much offense on a 4th line that does not score much.
David Gustafsson (Healthy Scratch)
Young player who was penciled in as the 4th line center but lost the job to Kevin Stenlund. Probably next man up in the event the Jets lose a center.
Karson Kuhlman (Healthy Scratch)
Similar to Jonsson-Fjallby, a fast forechecker without a lot of playmaking to go with it. Could slot into the lineup if the Jets are in need of a winger.
Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (Healthy Scratch)
Lots of speed but not a lot of playmaking. Strong on the forecheck. Lost his job as the team returned to health and was sent to the AHL. Unlikely to have an impact on the series.
Cole Perfetti (Injured)
Skating but remains in a non-contact jersey. An underdog to return to health in time for this series but would have to slot into the top-nine if he does. Would cause lots of line juggling in the event he can make it back in time for this series.
Josh Morrissey (1st Pair LD)
Affectionately being referred to as Josh Norris-ey, has been one of the best defensemen in the NHL. Potentially the next captain of the team and a major offensive driver of the team. Remains defensively responsible despite incredible impact going forward.
Dylan Demelo (1st Pair RD)
Perfect defensive partner for Josh Morrissey. Has shown more of an offensive game this season than previously expected of him.
Brendon Dillon (2nd Pair LD)
Big physical defenseman that will stand his ground in front of the goal. Has had a much better season than last year helping the Jets sure up their game in front of Connor Hellebuyck.
Neal Pionk (2nd Pair RD)
Not the player he used to be and has struggled for a majority of this season. When on the ice the game often turns chaotic, sometimes in a positive way but often in a negative way getting lost in his own zone.
Dylan Samberg (3rd Pair LD)
Physical quality defensive defenseman that has carved out a regular role in the line. Plays a simple game, making a good first pass, but not expected to add any offense to the team.
Nate Schmidt (3rd Pair RD)
Not quite the same impact player he was when he was in Vegas, but still willing to activate offensively. Brings levity to a team full of serious players creating a better lighter atmosphere.
Kyle Capobianco (Healthy Scratch)
7th or 8th defenseman that played a limited number of games. Has shown more offensive upside than expected but is not expected to play a role in the series.
Logan Stanley (Healthy Scratch)
Has fallen down the depth chart to a point in which he even asked for a trade. A giant defenseman with a strong shot but hasn’t been defensively responsible enough to remain in the lineup.
Power Play Unit 1
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Cassidy’s defense first and allowing too many shots from the perimeter has worked during the regular season. The VGK has swept away any second chance rebounds and are a premier unit when it comes to blocking shots. They’ve outperformed and despite my reluctance to give McCrimmon any credit, he’s added some great depth with Bleuger, Barbashev and Dorofeyev. I never believed we had a goaltender problem. The defensive strategy in front makes the goaltending look better than it really is.
Keys to the series.
1. If the VGK is to be successful Eichel has to take his play and bloated salary to the elite level. He’s going to have to break out. Too often, Eichel’s been targeted and easily neutralized by the top teams. That has to change.
2. The VGK has to be better controlling the puck in their own end and through the neutral zone. Too often they find themselves in a 1 on 3 and either turning the puck over or making an errant pass to the opposition. The good news is that lately we’ve seen the VGK make use of back passes to relieve pressure, reset and retain control of the puck.
3. Power Play has to be better, it’s been way too inconsistent. More pucks on goal and less perimeter passing will help create more chances.
4. While I am not concerned about the goaltending, Cassidy faces tough decisions as to who his #1 will be. I am thinking that Brossoit and Hill are the likely duo. Brossoit has played well and I believe should get the start in game 1 on Tuesday.
5. Wild Card: Mark Stone. No one knows for sure how healthy he is. Playing him could either catapult the team into round 2 or sideline a player who may be able to contribute more. For Cassidy, it’s all about the health and readiness of the player.
knights fan in minny
i like the knights chances i think the most important part is lb has to take it up a notch
starting with his old team
They seem the opposite of VGK. Vegas seem to have tons of two way skaters. Winny seems to have pure scorers and pure checkers. They would have trouble coming back from a deficit. You never know in a league with this much parity (unless a franchise is rebuilding) so nothing is a given.
Biggest omission from this list is Connor Hellebuyck. Arguably the teams MVP so it’s a bit odd to have left him off.
Really wasn’t necessary to put him on here. He’s been one of the main talking points of the series already and will continue to be the whole way through.
knights fan in minny
i like that some of the starting times will be a little earlier sometimes i fall asleep during the 3rd period i hope most of the games wont be on espn what shit show the other night was god awful linda cohen was a absolute joke boring as a box of rocks
Kfim, I don’t think I’ve stayed awake for that 3rd in awhile, either, in later games…I’m up by 5am..hard to keep up with my eyes closed!
Lines at practice today. As per Ken’s twitter
Lines 2 and 3 are sketchy at right wing…..
Ken also tweeted Cassidy said he returns to previous lineup (presumably Dorofeyev-Eichel-Marchessault) if Stone does not play. Interesting. Don’t very often see someone go from top line to scratch. Bottom six is so solid no room for Dorofeyev. I thought despite going another game without point, Dorofeyev was fine vs. SEA. Eichel and Marchessault are still trying to figure out how to play with him.
Connor and Ehlers will eat a banged up Stone and turnstile Kessel alive.
Been a minute.
1. Is the sky still falling for the VGK?
2. Is TRUMP still an innocent victim/persecuted Christ?
knights fan in minny
shut up blunder biden lover
By the way, you are a good poet. Listen to Desolation Row and Murder Most Fowl.
Back to hockey…Watch for cheap shot cross checker Dillon. Who will win the series? Maybe whichever team has pucks going in the net more than the other.
Murder Most Foul. Sorry sports fans.
Alright you guys, enough. Stick to hockey please. Playoffs are upon us.
This site is shit until THG leaves
knights fan in minny
who put you in charge turden
Tyler, he has lost his mind. Because I challenge him and his absurd accusations against TEACHERS, for God’s sake… he KNOWS I’m a retired teacher, he has been relentless. That he would call me such vile things, tells me he is ONE SICK MAN.Slander and Libel are very real things, and he has repeatedly spread the same vile crap to people on SINBIN. UNTIL KEN STOPS THIS POS, HE’LL CONTINUE DRAGGING THIS SITE DOWN. MANY HAVE LEFT, AND HIS HATE IS WHY. THE GUY IS A SICK, PERVERTED SORRY EXCUSE FOR A REAL HUMAN BEING, HE PREACHES GOD’S WORD, YET HE ATTACKS EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING. HE HATES COMPLETE STRANGERS..GOOD, DECENT PEOPLE LIKE ME. SICK.
THE hockey GOD
only shit here Tyler Turd en, is what fills your shoes.
Jb, I want to. BUT THE FRAUD WON’T STOP. I AM NOT GOING TO LET
THIS FREAK ATTACK ME, OR TEACHERS, OR ANYONE. HE IS IMPUNING MY INTEGRITY AND ALL TEACHERS , AND REALLY PISSING ME OFF, DAMN IT! Somebody shut this freak up!!
I dont care whats going on between you two but a teacher using all caps is incredulous.
Emmanuel, THIS teacher is damned PISSED. This guy has been a DICK for years here,..
Yeah, I AM PISSED. Not gonna take his SHIT anymore!
THE hockey GOD
it’s resurrection SUNDAY
and the real haters are out in full force. We all know who they are. You know who they are. The wrap themselves up in rage, and rant. They are the Karens, and the spinsters, and the cry babies on this forum. They have no original thoughts, no values. no concept of what is going on in the real world.
I condemn all the evil in this world, and it is clear and present to those who see the light.
The evil of the public education system has been exposed. Their relentless attack
on our children is well documented.
And instead of opening their minds and hearts to truth and facts. They attack. They call the messenger a LIAR. They are the ones who are BLIND .
Then they go all KAREN, HYPOCRITES I SAY. They are the servants of evil and the devil. They walk in darkness. They can’t see the truth, and they can’t condemn what they can not see. Because their minds are clouded. They are brain washed. Too far away from the real world. They live in delusion and abandonment. They are abandoning our children, our culture , our society. They live in the past and indoctrinated world of propaganda of far left wingers.
I pray for their souls, for their silence and spin/twist against this evil show how far they are detached from what is going on in today’s world. Especially in regard to our public education system. And our “woke” NHL which pushes the evil sick/twisted agenda upon us every single day.
Blessed are the righteous ;
n Matthew 5:6, Jesus says, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Psalm 5:12 [NIV], Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
These evil posters are the opposite of righteous, they will not be filled.
Judgement day is coming. They think their shit doesn’t stink. But their posts say otherwise. It stinks of all high heaven.
Have a soulful and blessed Sunday, to all believers. Hold the faith. Your reward will be of the highest regard in heaven.
FAKE!!!! THG CLAIMS TO BE A CHRISTIAN. CONSTANTLY SUBJECTS US TO THE RIGHTEOUS BIBLE LESSONS. . . AND T-H-E-N THE REAL THG COMES OUT, AND HE BECOMES THE DEVIL’S RIGHT- HAND MAN, ATTACKING WITH THE FEROCITY OF A MADMAN!!!! CALLING ME AND ANYONE ELSE WHO CHALLENGES HIM THE MOST VILE, HORRENDOUS, LIBELOUS NAMES, ACCUSING THEM OF UNSPEAKABLE THINGS.
I ASK: WOULD A CHRISTIAN ACT LIKE THIS?? WOULD A T-R-U-E CHRISTIAN ATTACK, LIBEL, HATE AS THG DOES??? NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
THG IS THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE, N-O-T A CHRISTIAN. HE MASQUERADES AS A CHRISTIAN, PREACHES LIKE A CHRISTIAN, BUT HIS O-W-N HATE BETRAYS HIM AND HIS GODLY PRETENSES. HE IS A FRAUD!!! GOD WILL SURELY PUNISH THE FALSE PROPHET, FOR HIS LIES, HIS HATRED,HIS FALSE AND DAMAGING ACCUSATIONS, HIS DEFIANCE OF GOD’S WORD( BLASPHEMY, THG!!!). HIS BEHAVIOR IS ABSOLUTELY ANTI- CHRISTIAN!!
THG, I WONDER WHAT GOD THINKS AFTER HE READS YOUR POSTS, CALLING ME UNSPEAKABLE, VILE THINGS, ACCUSING ME OF MOLESTING CHILDREN?????? YOU BETTER CONFESS YOUR UNGODLY, VILE SINS ASAP, CAUSE YOU’ VE ONLY GOT A LITTLE TIME LEFT ON EARTH BEFORE YOU FACE YOUR MAKER– AND YOU KNOW FOR A F-A-C-T THAT GOD IS REALLY REALLY P-I-S-S-E-D AT YOU!!!!#!#!#!
( strange how you said to ” TREAD CAREFULLY”, YET THERE YOU ARE, HMMMMMM…CURIOUS, THG. SO, YOU DON’T PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH, HUH??? YOU WANT OTHERS TO BE CIVIL TO Y-O-U, BUT THE SAME DOESN’T APPLY TO YOU???? YOU’RE SICK, DUDE.
HYPOCRITE!!! FALSE PROPHET!! FRAUD!! YOU’RE PROJECTING AGAIN, MORON!! YOU ARE THE EVIL ONE!!!
Notice how you PREACH first, then ATTACK. Great strategy for a MADMAN. GOD MUST BE SOOOOO PROUD.
THE hockey GOD
$$ getting to know you
getting to know all about you^^$$
Thg, afraid of the TRUTH??? TRUTH IS, YOU’RE AN EVIL FRAUD, AND YOU KNOW IT! NOT ONLY THAT, BUT YOU’VE PERVERTED THE WORD OF GOD, AS YOU ATTACK PERFECT STRANGERS! LIBELOUS POS!!
Please do. Btw: ARCHIVES DON’T LIE. I DON ‘T HAVE TO GO FAR TO FIND YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS. JUST BE YOU, THG…YOU’RE THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!
THE hockey GOD
higher taxes, higher spending, big gov
racism/ critical race theory
lock down state.
Real patriot Americans:
letting babies live
election integrity, voter ID
gun rights, armed protection of our schools
tax breaks/ less spending
smaller government, small family run businesses
parents rights, children protection from left wing sick/twisted agenda
pedo’s out of school
working economy, free markets
which do you think real Americans want ?? It’s pretty obvious, isn’t it ?
If not, seek therapy, you need it.
STFU, CRAZY MADMAN!! YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE! PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH, FRAUD!!
Great news this morning. Stoney and Chief both close to coming back. Might even play Tuesday. Holy cow! Congrats to Howden for new baby. Playoffs baby! Let’s go!
knights fan in minny
knights fan in minny
would like to see a line of roy carrier and amadio
A third line of Carrier Roy Barbashev would be a beast.
Don’t know when/if Carrier is coming back?
As always there are good hockey thoughts and then I scroll don’t and like a bad penny there’s nut job with his endless posts about nothing. No one reads them but you still have to scroll past them and I shake my head knowing this person is actually walking the streets. A loose cannon like this is capable of anything so watch your children because he is a clear and present danger to society.
Back to hockey like PP I’m a big Dorofeyev fan and to play Kolesar over him for his physicality but no touch with the puck is Cassidy’s decision. Myself I’d rather have shooters then bangers but it’s not my decision.
Tim, I guess Cassidy thinks that Dorofeyev on the fourth line will not provide what Kolesar will on that line. Dorofeyev should see some action at some point in the series.
I’m surprised that more people aren’t talking about VGK’s goaltending plan. They all seem to be injury prone and I don’t think playing Laurent Brossoit six or seven games in a row will be good for his health. It seems as though anybody gets a run of games they get hurt. (Thompson and Hill)
What I’m basically saying is that they are going to have to go with more the one goalie. Who is the back up? I don’t trust Quick. I hope Adin Hill will play.
Backup goalie is the million dollar question. If Hill and Thompson aren’t ready does Quick have one last hurrah in him.
Quick is NOT one of the top 64 G in North America.