5 Burning Questions For Winnipeg Jets Entering 2015-16 NHL Season

By Nick Villano

Winnipeg Jets Burning Questions

Winnipeg Jets Burning Questions
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The Winnipeg Jets could have been the best story in the league last season. They made the playoffs for the first time in their history. They held off powerhouse teams to have one of the best crowds of the year. They got through controversies and major trades to continue their momentum. The problem is their conference got better all around, and they stayed the same. There are some major questions that need answered.

5. What Is Happening In Net?

5. What Is Happening In Net?
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5. What Is Happening In Net?

5. What Is Happening In Net?
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Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson are both legit goalies who could carry this team, at times. There are other times where they are both terrible. They need to find some consistency in net. That is what took them to the postseason last season.

4. How Much Will Ladd and Byfuglien Demand?

4. How Much Will Ladd and Byfuglien Demand?
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4. How Much Will Ladd and Byfuglien Demand?

4. How Much Will Ladd and Byfuglien Demand?
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Both Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien are free agents at the end of this season. Both have been tied to other teams in trade rumors (especially Byfuglien). Will they make it through the season? If they are in the playoff race, they almost definitely will. So how much will they demand? The numbers could get as high as $6 million a piece.

3. Are They Good Enough To Make The Playoffs Again?

3. Are They Good Enough To Make The Playoffs Again?
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3. Are They Good Enough To Make The Playoffs Again?

3. Are They Good Enough To Make The Playoffs Again?
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This is a hard question to answer. Something about this team just doesn't seem as good as last year. They have decent players, but it seems to be missing something the rest of the division possesses. This season will rely on momentum, so if their goalies can maintain it, they will likely return to the playoffs.

2. What Will Come Of Nikolaj Ehlers?

2. What Will Come Of Nikolaj Ehlers?
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2. What Will Come Of Nikolaj Ehlers?

2. What Will Come Of Nikolaj Ehlers?
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Nikolaj Ehlers can become a scoring machine. He is the Jets top prospect. Now, he will get his shot on the big squad. What will happen with him? He has a legit shot to be a Calder Trophy candidate, as he has so much skill it could supersede his inexperience.

1. Can They Make It Without A 30-Goal Scorer?

1. Can They Make It Without A 30 Goal Scorer?
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1. Can They Make It Without A 30-Goal Scorer?

1. Can They Make It Without A 30 Goal Scorer?
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Only three players on the Jets scored 20+ goals. Nobody scored over 30. When the team is desperate for a goal, there really isn't one go-to guy. That could have really hurt this team, but timely goaltending helped make that a non-issue. Will that be the case again this season, or will the lack of scoring end their season early?

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