The Best and Worst of the 2012-13 Winnipeg Jets' Season

By Stephanie Lewark
Bob DeChiara – USA TODAY Sports

The Winnipeg Jets finished in ninth place this past season with a record of 24-21-3.  It was a disappointing season by any standard especially after being so close to making the playoffs.  There are plenty of negatives of the season, but the worst has to be the team’s power play and despite all the negatives there was a bright side that the Jets can build from for next season — the team’s top line of Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler.

Let’s look at the worst of the season first.  The Jets power play, which happens to be a big reason they missed the playoffs.  They finished in 29th place out of 30 teams with only 20 goals scored in the 145 chances they had (13.8 percent) and that’s just outright awful.  Special teams make or break a team and win and lose games, so it’s clear to see that this was a huge problem for the Jets this past season – the worst of the season.

The best was the team’s top line made up of Ladd, Little and Wheeler.  It’s not so surprising that a team’s top line is its most productive or is a major factor of a team’s success; however, this trio did it night-in and night-out.  The three have combined for 44 of 128 of the Jets goals this season which is 34 percent of the scoring.  This is something good that Winnipeg can build off of if they choose to re-sign Little and Wheeler, who are both unrestricted free agents come this off-season in July.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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