Training camp has arrived across NHL

Jets forward Chris Thorburn will be in his toughest battle yet to earn a spot on the Jets roster. At this point, expect to see him as the team’s 13th forward.

Training camps open; intriguing questions in Winnipeg

It’s the day that many hockey fans have been eagerly anticipating. On Thursday, NHL training camps opened, and we are that much closer to the 2016-17 NHL season.
Sure, we were just treated to rookie tournaments around the league (including the Jets youngsters in Penticton) and we’ve had the tremendous World Cup of Hockey to satiate our appetites, but both are just teasers for the main event.
In Winnipeg, the Jets are coming into their most intriguing camp since their whirlwind move from Atlanta to Winnipeg five years ago.

Winnipeg Jets 2016 Training Camp Schedule and Rosters
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Which Wpg Jet has most to prove at World Cup?

Intriguing story lines surround Jet players

Winnipeg Jets starting (?) goaltender Ondrej Pavelec will be under the microscope all season long, starting at the World Cup.

After a summer that has seen a Blue Bombers resurgence, more playoff baseball for the Goldeyes, we now prepare for the spectacle that is the World Cup of Hockey, with seven Winnipeg Jets taking the ice for their respective teams.

It promises to be an entertaining tourney, with lots to offer from a national pride angle, to the new wrinkle of teams like Team North America, which is heavy on Jets content. While Jets fans don’t have much to cheer on nationally (strong team, but no Jets), many will adopt Team NA, while at the same time getting to see why someone like Dustin Byfuglien isn’t as much fun to watch when playing against your team.
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It was always Wheeler

Jets make the best choice available for new captain

Winnipeg Jets right winger Blake Wheeler was named the second captain of the Winnipeg Jets since their move to Winnipeg on his 30th birthday. The fit is perfect and the decision was likely a very easy one.

There was talk of Dustin Byfuglien. And rightfully so, there is very little argument amongst those in the know that the Winnipeg Jets are Byfuglien’s team. He is the guy this team looks to in and outside the dressing room. But Dustin Byfuglien as captain just wouldn’t be the right fit, and as much as he says the role would be an honour, he likely wasn’t thrilled about the idea of wearing the C on his jersey.
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Keep expectations of Patrik Laine in line, eh?!

Young Finn needs time to adapt to NHL

Rivals at the World Hockey Championships, Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele are young players that will be key to Winnipeg’s future. Scheifele is already NHL-proven, but expectations are sky-high for Laine

There hasn’t been a buzz around a Winnipeg Jets draft pick like this year since the old Jets picked a skinny young kid from the Cornwall Royals named Dale Hawerchuk first overall 35 years ago.
And rightfully so. Few players come with the kind of pedigree and list of accomplishments that Patrik Laine lugs with him from Finland. He just enjoyed a hockey season that is almost unparalleled by previous draft choices, including MVP performances in the Finnish Elite League vs men and at the World Championships against some of the best men in the world.
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