The Winnipeg Jets continue to bolster their lineup with plenty of scoring potential this off season. The organization has successfully avoided going to arbitration with forward Michael Frolik.
Frolik signed a one year, $3.3m contract on Tuesday. The 26 year old forward came over from Chicago and had an instant impact on the Winnipeg Jets. He was instrumental in the team’s late season surge for a playoff position last season. Frolik finished sixth overall with 42 points to his name.
Although the organization would’ve liked to sign Frolik to a longer term deal, I’m sure they're delighted to have avoided arbitration. I believe the amount is a little expensive for a one year deal, but I’m confident Frolik will prove his worth yet again this season. He’s got tremendous potential, size and can play in almost any position. He’s an asset on the penalty kill for the Jets and has worked really well under the guidance of head Coach Paul Maurice.
Powerplay Points Needed
Michael Frolik has proven he can fit in on pretty much any offensive line. He’s had success playing along-side Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd and Mark Scheifele. He spent a considerable amount of time on the Jets number one unit last season. Therefore, I believe Frolik will be rotating the lines quite a bit this season.
If Frolik can find a way to contribute more on the powerplay this season, that will help the team tremendously moving forward.
In fact, the entire team needs to find a way to convert their powerplay opportunities consistently. Last season, the Jets only managed to score 40 powerplay goals in 259 chances. Only three points from Michael Frolik’s 42 came on the powerplay last season. This is something that head Coach Paul Maurice must address and work on if the team hopes to succeed in the upcoming season.
Another area in need of improvement is finding some consistent, secondary scoring options. Guys like Jacob Trouba, Jim Slater and Eric Tangradi really need to step up and contribute this year. Trouba did accumulate 29 points last season, which is quite impressive. If Jim Slater can avoid injuries, I’m confident he can score more than 20 goals this season as well. It will be interesting to see which one of these guys will provide some much needed momentum for this team early in the season.
The Winnipeg Jets will need goalie Ondrea Pavalec to have a much better season this year. He struggled at times and ended with a 22-26-7 record last year. However, Jets fans had better not be too critical of his performance. After all, Pavalec did end up facing 1,644 shots by the season's end and still managed to end with a .901 save percentage. This guy is a warrior and I’m confident he’ll bounce back this upcoming season. He’s definitely one of the better goalies in the NHL in my opinion.
I can’t wait to see how this team does this year. I believe this team has the potential to at least make the playoffs this season.