Winnipeg Jets’ general manager Kevin Chevaldayoff put a stop to off-season controversy before it even began, saying that Ondrej Pavelec will enter the 2014-15 season with the teams’ starting job in goal. His back-up is still yet to be certain, and with free agency approaching fast, we’ve compiled five candidates for the Jets’ back-up role, as well as a probability that Chevaldayoff and Jets’ management would pursue the particular goaltender.
#5: Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller is currently enjoying a playoff run with the Anaheim Ducks, but when training camp rolls around in the fall, he could be on a different team all-together. Once thought of as a goaltender on the verge of breaking through to the NHL’s elite, Hiller has struggled over the past two seasons, ultimately culminating in poor post-season performances in both 2013, and currently in the Ducks’ playoff run. Hiller could be pushed out of Anaheim with the emergence of John Gibson, who has played stellar in his inaugural NHL regular and post-season. With the Jets just one of few buyers in a stacked goaltender market this summer, Hiller could find his way north, searching to reclaim himself. He would easily challenge Ondrej Pavelec for the starters’ job, however, and that could come at a price. With a less-experienced defense in front of him, Hiller could easily falter, and turn out to be a huge bust in the Jets’ goaltending department.