The Golden Knights opponent in the Western Conference Finals is the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets are somewhat of an anomaly in the NHL as they are a nearly incredible mix of size and speed that has given opposing teams fits all year.
You’ve probably heard the names of their stars like Patrik Laine, Mark Scheifele, and Dustin Byfuglien, but with a lot of help (he wrote the whole thing) from Art Middleton of JetsNation.ca, we’re here to give you a glimpse of what to expect from every Winnipeg Jet.
Mark Scheifele – A bonafide top 10 NHL center that is seemingly tireless on the ice which is good because he excels in all situations, 5-on-5 ,as well as both special teams.
Blake Wheeler – Co-led the NHL in assists which speaks to his ability as an elite playmaker. Finalist for the Messier Leadership Award which speaks to his ability as an elite NHL captain.
Kyle Connor – Led all rookies in goal scoring this season and yet got almost no love for it because he happened to be a good enough rookie to play on the top line with Scheifele and Wheeler.
Paul Stastny – Since the trade to Winnipeg he had four goals, 13 points in 19 regular season games and six goals, 14 points in 12 playoff games. Also brought a wealth of experience. Best. Trade. Ever. (So far)
Patrik Laine – Yes he snipes like few others can, but his passing skill is also second to none and is always constantly looking to make himself better in other areas of the game.
Nik Ehlers – It’s one thing to be a fast skater, Ehlers is one of the fastest with a puck on his stick while weaving through defenders but sometimes guilty trying to do too much on his own.
Matthieu Perreault – You can play him with Little and Laine or you can play him with Hendricks and Copp, it doesn’t matter as he will drive his line to positive results almost every time.
Bryan Little – Had an off-year offensively, but still a savvy veteran forward who doesn’t do any one thing spectacularly, but does a lot of things well.
Joel Armia – Could stickhandle in a phone booth (kids, ask your parents what a phone booth is) but his footwork and on-ice decision making holds him back.
Brandon Tanev – Plays like an unguided missile. Fast, lacking hands but certainly not lacking effort ever. Hard on the forecheck.
Adam Lowry – Has developed into the Jets best shut-down defensive center. Injuries have hindered his game a bit, but advanced numbers suggested he was having a Selke-like year.
Andrew Copp – Streaky player that when on is a great bottom six depth forward who can drive play and win puck battles, but when slumping or not playing well is a bit of a liability on the ice.
Matt Hendricks – The “grit and heart” guy most Jets fans hope we don’t see on the ice at all. By all accounts is a great locker room leader the guys love, but too slow for today’s game.
Jacob Trouba – Don’t let his stats fool you, he’s easily Winnipeg’s best all-around defenseman. Smooth, quick skater who rarely makes a bad decision on the ice and can be surprisingly physical when needed.
Josh Morrissey – The prototype modern defenseman. Quick puck mover with an underrated physical edge and mean streak with a strong set of offensive skills.
Tobias Enstrom – Pretty sure he’s being held together by duct tape and bubble gum. Smart, heads-up defenseman who will play it safe and limit risks which does hurt his offensive numbers.
Dustin Byfuglien – Beast of a man. For years, loved to play a “rover” hybrid position between offense and defense which would put him out of position. He still does that, but he’s far smarter about it now.
Ben Chiarot -Steady enough defenseman with decent speed and a great, hard shot, but his decision making with the puck is often too slow and he will miss the odd coverage assignment.
Tyler Myers – An answer to the question “what would a giraffe playing hockey look like?” Crafty on offense, shoots the puck well, but always an adventure defending in his own end of the ice.
Connor Hellebuyck – He’s possibly an elven magician king who has the superpower of putting up impenetrable force fields, we’ll let you know if we ever verify that.
Steve Mason – Has set the record for hardest luck season by a goalie ever with injuries. Was supposed to be the Jets insurance in case Hellebuyck didn’t come through, thankfully it was never needed.
**Huge stick tap to Art for writing all of these for us. Give him a follow and don’t troll him too hard if the series goes the way we are hoping it will.**
Jets Projected Lineup