ESPN’s John Buccigross unleashed his 2011-12 NHL season preview today, and here is what he had to say about our beloved Jets.
And time will take care of itself
So just leave time alone
Yeah, and pick up the tempo just a little
And take it on home
– “Pick Up The Tempo” by Phosphorescent (Willie Nelson cover)
Last season: It just doesn’t matter. New country, new city, new uniforms, new start … OK, they gave up too many goals.
This season: Winnipeg has young players who will likely improve even if they played in Ecuador this season. Add in the Winnipeg-Canada fanatic factor and the jolt players will feel knowing they will play in front of 41 sold-out home games, and this should lead to a very strong home record. Evander Kane had a 17-point improvement from his rookie season and the Jets need another jump like that from him this season.
Bold prediction: Pick up Mark Scheifele for your fantasy bench and watch him win rookie of the year honors.
He also, given that his preview covered only his playoff teams, tabbed the Jets to make the playoffs. It’s going to be tough for the Jets to make the playoffs, and it’s going to be really tough for Scheifele to win the Calder from Barrie, but it has been a storybook year for Jets fans so far, so why not continue the ride.