The fans of hockey in Winnipeg are getting to see a resurgence in their team this season.
The Winnipeg Jets are sitting in first place right now in the Southeast Division, and are in position to bring playoff hockey to Winnipeg for the first time since the 1995-96 season, which was the last season of the original Jets franchise. There is no doubt that the Jets were a solid team last season, but this is turning into a special season for them.
The Jets have a chance to prove how good they truly are with the Boston Bruins in town on Tuesday night. Boston is presently one of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference and if the Jets can win this game, it may become another spring board towards the playoffs.
It hasn’t hurt Winnipeg that Andrew Ladd is having a career year for the team. Ladd has 29 points in 29 games for the Jets, and his career-high is 59 points two years ago. Ladd won’t get to play 82 games this season to see if he could break that scoring number itself, but if he can finish with 40-45 points in 48 games, that should be enough for a playoff berth.
The fans in Winnipeg have deserved a NHL team back in town for a long time, and are being treated to a very solid Jets team right now. Winnipeg should be able to find a way to make it into the playoffs, and I can only imagine how loud that building will be for the first playoff game. It is a whole new world for this Jets franchise.