Central Division Offseason: Winnipeg Jets Outlook

We’re continuing our offseason trip around the Central Division today with one of the four teams to make the playoffs, the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg lost in the first round to the Vegas Golden Knights. We have previously looked at the offseasons of the Arizona Coyotes, St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators.

Winnipeg presents an interesting summer ahead. They brought in a new head coach last summer and had some conflict around their captaincy being removed. There are a few players on this roster who will will be tied to trade rumors all summer, and some might be moved to help the Jets change their draft capital in a division that has a few teams loaded up this summer — including the Blackhawks.

Jets 2022-23 By the Numbers

2022-23 Record: 46-33-3 – 95 points (4th in the Central Division)
2023 Playoffs: Lost in first round
2023-24 Projected Cap Space:
$13 million
Head Coach:
Rick Bowness
General Manager:
Kevin Cheveldayoff

2022-23 Stats
Goals For/Game: 3.00 (21st in the NHL)
Goals Against/Game: 2.73 (10)
Power Play Pct: 19.3 (23)
Penalty Kill Pct: 82.4 (7)

Jets Offseason Outlook

Notable 2023 UFAs: Vladislav Namestnikov, Axel Jonsson-Fjällby, Saku Maenalanen, Karson Kuhlman, Sam Gagner, David Rittich

Notable 2023 RFAs: Pierre-Luc Dubois, Morgan Barron, Kevin Stenlund, Logan Stanley, Dylan Samberg

2023 Draft Capital:
First Round (No. overall): 18
Second Round: none
Third Round: WPG
Fourth Round: none
Fifth Round: WPG, NYR
Sixth Round: none
Seventh Round: WPG

Jets Offseason Headlines

One of the big questions this summer will be what the Jets do with RFA center Pierre-Luc Dubois, who has been pretty open about his desire to play elsewhere. Considering the limited cap space the Jets have and the fact that the two faces of their franchise over the past years — Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele — have one year remaining on their respective contracts, this could easily become a transitional year for this franchise.

With only two picks in the first four rounds of the 2023 NHL Draft, the Jets have limited opportunities to improve their prospect pool quickly in this summer’s deep draft. That reality might change if they find trade partners for Dubois and either/both of Scheifele and Wheeler, and possibly others as well.

There have already been whispers that the Jets may be open to moving star goaltender Connor Hellebuyck this summer. That certainly accelerated when he reportedly told the team he has no plans of re-signing in Winnipeg after the 2023-24 season, opting to hit the open market as a UFA.

The Jets had a prospect pool that Scott Wheeler at The Athletic ranked 13th in the NHL in his mid-season update. That group is headlined by Chaz Lucius, Rutger McGroarty and Brad Lambert. Lambert was an absolute beast in the WHL playoffs with the Seattle Thunderbirds.

written by

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab

more blackhawks news

Blackhawks Forward Philipp Kurashev Regular Season Start In Question

The update on Philipp Kurashev from Blackhawks head coach Luke Richardson wasn't ideal on Tuesday before Chicago hosts Detroit in preseason action. It sounds like the young forward's regular season start might be delayed by injury. "I think he’ll probably...

Game Day, Captain Slaggert, Rockford Adds, Zaitsev Searching, Another RHD Option? and Other Blackhawks Bullets

What are you doing at 7:30 PM CT tonight? I'll accept "maybe watching postseason baseball" depending on the game situation, but you should be locked in on the Blackhawks vs. Red Wings at the United Center. Chicago sent a grab...

Taking Stock of the Blackhawks, IceHogs Blue Line Roster Battles

On Monday morning, the Blackhawks announced a number of roster moves. One of them wasn't a surprise, but it gives us a little more clarity: Filip Roos was assigned back to Rockford, meaning he did not make the NHL roster...

Overreacting to a Loss, More Cuts, Korchinski, Bedard, Reichel, Trade Interest? and Other Blackhawks Bullets

"At least they're not the Bears!" That's what we said before the Blackhawks went into Detroit and lost 6-1 last night. And I've seen the comments on social media that are losing minds over the performance on the ice last...

Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 6 — Three Stars, Key Takeaways

We need to take a deep breath and look at the box score for this game and look at the names in the lineup for Chicago. This game was a collection of players who really haven't spent much time with...

UPDATE: Blackhawks Confirm Prospect Sam Savoie Had Surgery for Femur Injury on Sunday Morning

UPDATE: The Blackhawks released the following statement regarding the injury suffered by forward prospect Samuel Savoie on Saturday night> Chicago Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry today released the following medical update: “Blackhawks forward Samuel Savoie underwent successful surgery on...

Blackhawks at Red Wings – Preseason Lineups (Bedard!), Broadcast Info, Game Thread

If you watched the Bears game this afternoon, I am so, so sorry. That loss was one of the most ridiculous displays of professional malpractice by the coaches I can remember at any level. At 0-4 and after that stunning...

Concern for Savoie, Bedard’s Work, Raddysh’s Big Year, Prospect Highlights, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

Man, I don't even care what the score was last night. I just hope Samuel Savoie is going to be alright. His injury in the second period took the air out of the building and the Blackhawks were flat after...

Blackhawks 2, Wild 3 (OT) — Three Stars, Key Takeaways

The third period had to be played but to me this game really kind of stopped when Blackhawks forward Samuel Savoie suffered what appeared to be a significant injury during the second period. He left the ice in pain on...

Blackhawks Prospect Samuel Savoie Seriously Injured In Tonight’s Preseason Game

Samuel Savoie appeared in his first NHL preseason game on Saturday evening in Minnesota. In the second period, he went for a hit on veteran defenseman Alex Goligoski and missed, resulting in an awkward collision with the boards that left...

Latest News

James Harden Reportedly Now Expected to Join 76ers Training Camp

James Harden's brief holdout against the Philadelphia 76ers is about to come to an end. After not reporting for Media Day on the first full day of training camp, the superstar point guard is reportedly set to rejoin the team....

Pete Alonso Reportedly Wants to Come to the Cubs

When the New York Mets reportedly made Pete Alonso available at the Trade Deadline, I'll cop to getting awfully excited. The fit for the Cubs at that time was just so obvious - a huge bat that transforms the lineup...

Blackhawks Forward Philipp Kurashev Regular Season Start In Question

The update on Philipp Kurashev from Blackhawks head coach Luke Richardson wasn't ideal on Tuesday before Chicago hosts Detroit in preseason action. It sounds like the young forward's regular season start might be delayed by injury. "I think he’ll probably...

Phillies vs. Marlins Probable Starting Pitchers – NL Wild Card Game 1

The Philadelphia Phillies (90-72) host the Miami Marlins (84-77) on Tuesday to kick off a two-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The matchup starts at 8:08 PM ET.The Phillies will give the ball to Zack Wheeler (13-6, 3.56 ERA), who...

Brewers vs. Diamondbacks Probable Starting Pitchers – NL Wild Card Game 1

The Arizona Diamondbacks (84-78) kick off a two-game series on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers (92-70). The contest starts at 7:08 PM ET at American Family Field.The Brewers will give the ball to Corbin Burnes (10-8, 3.39 ERA), who is...

Eddie Jackson Sounds Ready to Return (But the Bears Are Preparing Contingency Plans In Case He Isn’t)

The Chicago Bears secondary has been playing short-handed in recent weeks with Kyler Gordon (IR stint), Jaylon Johnson (hamstring injury), and Eddie Jackson (foot) being out of action. But help appears to be on the way with the potential return...

OG Anunoby Tricked Damian Lillard Into Thinking He Was Going to Toronto

OG Anunoby pulled a fast one on Damian Lillard. While the superstar point guard sat in limbo waiting for the Portland Trail Blazers to find a trade partner, the Toronto Raptors' forward took advantage. In a conversation with Chris Haynes...

Jed Hoyer’s End-of-Season Press Conference, Rolling Updates

Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer is set to address the media at 11am CT, and I'll be rolling out the updates as fast as I can type them below. I don't expect anything earth-shattering, but sometimes there...

Phillies vs. Marlins Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – NL Wild Card Game 1

The Philadelphia Phillies will host the Miami Marlins to start the NL Wild Card Series on Tuesday at 8:08 PM ET, live on ESPN from Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies are -152 favorites to pick up the win, while the...

Blame Game, Arlington Demolition, Where Has This O Been Hiding? And Other Bears Bullets

A collection of thoughts strung together to start the football-writing portion of my day. Now that I've been able to sleep on it, re-watch it, and sleep on it again, I had fun watching Sunday's Bears game. No, I didn't...

more blackhawks news