For the next three weeks CSNWashington.com will take a team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference. Every weekday well profile a new team and break down the changes they made in the offseason.
This week: Southeast Division. Today: Winnipeg Jets
20011-12 record: 37-35-10, 84 points
Where they finished: 4th in Southeast; 11th in East; 22nd in NHL
Coach: Claude Noel, 2nd season
Key arrivals: C Olli Jokinen, G Al Montoya, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky
Key departures: G Chris Mason, RW Eric Fehr, D Mark Flood, C Tim Stapleton
Projected LineupForwardsAndrew Ladd - Olli Jokinen - Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane - Bryan Little - Alexander Burmistrov
Nik Antropov - Jim Slater - Kyle Wellwood
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Patrice Cormier - Chris Thorburn
DefensemenTobias Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
Ron Hainsey - Zach Bogosian
Grant Clitsome - Mark Stuart
GoaltendersOndrej Pavelec- Al Montoya
Our Take: The Jets biggest offseason moves came when they signed free-agent center Olli Jokinen to a two-year, 9 million contract and locked up goalie Ondrej Pavelec with a five-year, 19.5 million extension. Will that be enough to get the Jets into the playoffs in their second year in Winnipeg? Only if Evander Kane has a monster season and Dustin Byfuglien steps up as a defenseman who is just as dynamic in the defensive zone as he is in the offensive zone. The Jets are close, but could be a year away from challenging the rest of the Southeast.
Offseason grade: C
Will they make the 2013 playoffs? No.
Projected finish in the East: 11th