Andrew Ladd Will Lead Winnipeg Jets to Playoffs Next Season

By Andy Schmidt
Andrew Ladd
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The Winnipeg Jets looked like they were on their way to making the NHL playoffs for the first time since moving from Atlanta.

However, the team stumbled in their final four games with three losses and missed the playoffs entirely. The team did have one very bright star in Andrew Ladd. He finished the 48-game season with 18 goals. If there is a player who can lead Winnipeg to that next level, it would be Ladd.

He has proven in his three years with the franchise that he can be a quality scorer, and he took his game to a new level this season while averaging nearly a point a game. He had scored 57 goals in the two years prior and would have hit 30 goals with a full schedule.

He is the star on the Jets team and at 27-years old, could be that star for a long time to come. He also has the experience of winning the Stanley Cup twice as well during his time with the Carolina Hurricanes and Chicago Blackhawks.

It is that kind of player who will find a way to take the Jets to the playoffs next season. The realignment of the divisions next season as well will allow for some shorter trips from Winnipeg, and that can only be a good thing for players who don’t have to be on a plane constantly just for a divisional game.

There is a lot that I like about the Jets moving forward. Ladd is the No. 1 reason why we will be seeing Winnipeg in the postseason sooner than later.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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