The Winnipeg Jets management staff, players and fans have high expectations for the upcoming season.
The team is built primarily with young, talented players that don’t have very much experience. This team looks to head Coach Paul Maurice to guide these players to success and end the team’s playoff drought.
The organization’s main goal in the off season was to continue bringing in young talent to give the team a little more depth within their roster. As a result, the team will likely have several of their top prospects enter in to their first ever NHL season.
Some of these rookie prospects include defenceman Joshua Morrissey and forwards Adam Lowry and Nikolaj Ehlers. These three kids all had extremely successful seasons in the AHL and other leagues last year.
Joshua Morrissey accumulated 73 points as Captain of Prince Albert last season. He tallied nine points in the team’s playoff campaign as well. Of those 73 points, Morrissey scored 28 goals. These are very impressive numbers for a 19 year old defenseman.
I believe he would be a welcome sight to the Winnipeg Jets defense this season. The Jets really need help in the defensive end. I believe he would fit in perfectly on a line with Tobias Enstrom or Mark Stuart.
Forward Adam Lowry scored 17 goals and tallied 33 points with the St. Johns Ice Caps of the AHL. This kid has explosive speed, a wicked shot and helps out in the defensive end when required. He has exceptional faceoff skills and has been a solid force for the IceCaps on the penalty kill.
I really hope that this kid gets the call to enter into the NHL. I believe he’ll be one of the team’s injury reserve players this season.
Forward Niikolaj Ehlers tallied an astonishing 104 points with Halifax in the QMJHL. He also had a very successful playoff campaign, scoring 11 goals and accumulating 28 points in just 16 games. This guy would easily be able to provide speed, depth and a very determined secondary scoring option. Ehlers has been a game changer for Halifax all season and would certainly love to play along-side guys like Blake Wheeler or Evander Kane.
Any of these players would be a valuable asset to the Winnipeg Jets. However, I believe strengthening the team’s defense should be dealt with first. Regardless, I can’t wait to see which one of these prospects gets the chance to play in the NHL. There is no doubt in my mind that this team will be challenging for a playoff spot again this season.