The Winnipeg Jets finished fifth in the Western Conference Central Division last season as coach Paul Maurice led them to their best record in franchise history. However, the strong regular season and 43-26-13 record was ultimately not enough to get them past the first round of the playoffs. The first postseason appearance in seven years for the Jets was short-lived, as the Anaheim Ducks swept them in four games. The future looks bright, though, if they can build off the momentum gained from the 2014-15 campaign.
On October 8, Winnipeg will begin their season at the TD Garden in Boston, where they will face the Bruins. According to SeatSmart.com, Jets tickets for their opener can be purchased on the secondary market for an average price of $189.57. Meanwhile, the get-in price for this Thursday night game is clocking in at a much more affordable $83. For Jets fans interested in making the road trip to see their team open up the new season, they’d be wise to take advantage of the great Boston parking deals from ParkWhiz.com, which has a plethora of nearby spots surrounding the arena.
Two of the most notable free agents Winnipeg will hope to resign are Michael Frolik and Drew Stafford. The 27-year-old Frolik played in all 82 games last season, scoring 19 goals. He has been an important part of the offense for the past two seasons but has attracted the attention of multiple suitors interested in acquiring his services. Stafford joined the Jets from the Buffalo Sabers last season and fits into Maurice’s scheme well. He seems the more likely of the two to remain when the season opens in Boston.
Fans of Winnipeg should mark December 31 on their calendars, as tickets to see the Jets face off with the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena will be the least expensive priced of the season on the secondary market. It could remain this way leading up to the game’s opening faceoff, as Arizona Coyotes tickets are generally ranked amongst the lower-tier of NHL teams and their average ticket prices for home games. Tickets for this particular game contain an average price of $93, coupled by a get-in price starting at $35. This will be the only time Winnipeg plays in Arizona this season.
The Jets did well during free agency last season, signing Mathieu Perreault to a three-year deal. Winnipeg may opt to make a signing similar to Perreault, who scored 18 goals in 62 games, with players such as Pittsburgh’s Blake Comeau and Daniel Winnik on their radar. An area they could look to also improve in is their defense, as adding a defender like Nashville’s Cody Franson would compliment Dustin Byfuglien well.
Winnipeg will travel to the Rexall Place on December 21 to skate with the Edmonton Oilers for what will be the most expensive game of the campaign. This season could be the spark this once great rivalry needs, dating back to before the original Jets moved in 1996 to become the Phoenix Coyotes. Jets vs. Oilers tickets are currently available on the secondary market at an average price of $253.53 and a get-in price of $107.
Goaltending was a strong point of last season with Ondrej Pavelec starting 50 games. Backup Michael Hutchinson flourished in his role, taking full advantage of his opportunities, finishing the season with a record of 21-10-5. Nikolaj Ehlers is another youngster who could have a breakout season. The 19-year old winger will either turn pro with Winnipeg or return to the Halifax Mooseheads next season. Ehlers scored 37 goals for Halifax in the 2014-15 regular season. If he has the chance to go pro this year, he could blossom into a really exciting player.