Jets Slowly Growing Towards Model Franchise

It may have been one game the Winnipeg Jets were never in.

Yeah, the Jets have Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler, Andrew Ladd, and Toby Enstrom.

But the Pittsburgh Penguins have Chris Kunitz, Brandon Morrow, Brooks Orpik, Evgeni Malkin, and the best player in the world – Sidney Crosby.

Oh and they just added another all-time great Jarome Iginla.

Getting outshot by the Penguins two to one was bad enough Thursday night, but it shows some perspective on where this team is, was, and were it wants to go.

In Atlanta two years ago, this franchise looked to be going nowhere fast.

Now in Winnipeg, it seems that there is a need to improve this team and do it the right way: with patience.

Pittsburgh, not even a decade ago, did what every cellar-dwelling team dreams of: building a powerhouse that becomes a dynasty.

It wasn't that long ago I remember watching the Montreal Canadiens beat up on the last place Penguins on a Sunday afternoon 8-1.

Gaining pick after pick, the Penguins have risen to the top.  That top includes two Eastern Conference championships and one Stanley Cup – with much more hopefully on the way.  Picks included Marc-Andre Fleury, Malkin, Crosby, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, and trading and signing for the likes of Paul Martin, James Neal, Brandon Morrow, Jarome Iginla, and Chris Kunitz.

For the Jets, they have taken a similar route, but it has taken more time to evolve because of the former managment's poor management.  Picks include Kane, Bogosian, Bryan Little, Ondrej Pavelec, Enstrom, and Burmistrov.  Trades have brought in talent such as Wheeler, Byfuglien, and Ladd.

The biggest push for the Penguins to attain even more talent than they did before is their ability to attract the talent with their talent heavy lineup.  Pittsburgh is a desirable place to play in the NHL.  Players want to win, since why Iginla had the last word in his trade to the Penguins over the Boston Bruins.

For Winnipeg, the time is coming, slow as it may seem.

Many current Jets players have enjoyed their stay and have signed long-term extensions.  Point in case, Toby Enstrom, Andrew Ladd, and Ondrej Pavelec.

Others, such as Bogosian, Wheeler, and Little have the onus on resigning long-term contracts and have good feelings of resigning because of the time they have had in Winnipeg.

Recent picks, including fan favourites Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba, only add to the optimism that can be felt amongst Winnipeg Jets fans.

It may take awhile, but Jets fans should sit and watch Penguins fans joy at being elite.

Becuase right now the fans are the most elite in the league in Winnipeg and they are helping their team to become just that too.