NHL 14: Winnipeg Jets Guide
Written By: JCOL32
Previously the Atlanta Thrashers from 1999-2011, the franchise moved to Winnipeg in 2011 to become the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets are the first franchise located in Winnipeg since Winnipeg’s original NHL team that relocated in 1996 to become the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Winnipeg Jets will look to finally break into the playoffs this season in their 3rd year back in Winnipeg. This season with the realignment, they have moved into the Western Conference to help with travel. Led by the likes of Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Evander Kane, and captain Andrew Ladd, the Jets will push to make the playoffs in a conference with only 14 teams. At the back, they will rely on Dustin Byfuglien, Zach Bogosian, and Tobias Enstrom along with goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. Expect the Jets to be right around the 8th and final spot in the playoffs this season.
How to Play as the Jets:
The Jets are built around a solid, young, offensive core of Kane, Little and Blake Wheeler. This tandem generates the majority of the offense in Winnipeg so use these three to your advantage. Dustin Byfuglien will be a rock on defense and also generate some offense with his rocket of a shot. Try to generate power plays and set him up at the point. Ondrej Pavelec, although inconsistent in real life, should provide a solid backstop in NHL 14.
On June 4th of 2011, as the Jets entered their first season in Winnipeg, the club’s season tickets were open to the general public and sold out in just 17 minutes.