Today we put a bow on our preseason series looking around the Central Division at the Blackhawks’ opponents for the coming season. We’ve taken time to discuss the Coyotes, Avs, Stars, Preds, Blues and Wild. Now, let’s head to Winnipeg to complete the division.
- Expansion Draft: Mason Appleton
- Key Losses: Jordie Benn, Derek Forbort, Tucker Poolman
- Key Additions: Nate Schmidt, Brendan Dillon, Riley Nash
- 2021-22 Cap Space: $0
The Jets losses aren’t huge, and they did a nice job of replacing those who departed. Benn was a nice defenseman but they upgraded his position. Appleton posted a career-high 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 56 games last season. Forbert got a multi-year deal from the Bruins as well.
Schmidt replacing Benn is a nice pickup. Dillon will also help strengthen their back end. And Nash is a decent add. The list of additions was limited because the Jets are already using LTIR space heading into the 2021-22 season, meaning the departures may not be done. We’ll see what they’re able to bring back if/when they make any more moves.
What Does It Mean?
The Jets are a solid team if they can stay healthy. That’s the big IF, and a suspension hurt them in the playoffs last year. Their defensive group is better with the additions of Schmidt and Dillon. Scoring depth will be something to watch for the Jets this season.