As we head into this final stretch of games, the Winnipeg Jets remain very much alive in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. Even if they don’t end up cracking the top eight, they’re still much further ahead of the expectations that they had going into the year.
The Jets are currently four points out of the Southeast Division lead, but are tied with the New York Rangers for the eight seed. The Rangers do have a game in hand over the Jets, but if it comes down to ROW, the number of regulation and overtime wins, the Jets have the edge.
Right in the middle of this recent stretch of success for the Jets is the captain, Andrew Ladd. Ladd has had an exceptional season and has been the offensive leader for this club. He’s proving to be much more than anyone may have expected.
Andrew Ladd’s 41 points not only lead the team, but is one of the best totals in the game. His 18 goals are among the league leaders and include four game-winners. He’s also brought the physical game, with 89 hits in 43 games so far this year.
Even better, Ladd has seemed to elevate his game as the game’s have meant more. He has points in his last five, four of which have been wins for Winnipeg. He has multiple points in each of his last three tilts, including a three point (2 G, 1 A) performance on Tuesday night.
The importance of Ladd to the Jets cannot be overstated. If they reach the playoffs, he’s a guy that has already won a pair of Stanley Cups. He’s been there before. Having him lead when the games mean as much as they do means a ton to this organization.