Originally written on Jets All Out  |  Last updated 10/16/13

ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Andy Hilbert #19 of the Minnesota Wild fights off Grant Clitsome #44 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period of a preseason game on September 18, 2009 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)
  Grant Clitsome, 28, D, 5'11, 215 lbs Last Year's Ranking: 18 This Year's Ranking: 11 Difference: +7   Matt Halischuk, 25, RW, 6'0, 185 lbs Last Year's Ranking: (w/ Nashville Predators) This Year's Ranking: 10 Difference: 0   The thing about doing this top 25 list is that it should have been done before the season started.  With the Jets now 3-4-0 to start the new campaign, I am resigned to re-think the top 11 players, but these are all based on off-season ratings, so alas, here are numbers 11 and 10.   Grant Clitsome, 28, has provided the Jets with some timely defense for a waiver pickup over the past two seasons.   His solid 44 games in 2012-13 along with the 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) that he posted with a +10 rating made him an obvious candidate for an off-season re-signing.   A new deal worth $6.2 million over three years.  Aside from Mark Stuart and Paul Postma, the Jets now have six defensemen signed for three years or more.   Not bad for a guy who was not sure where he definitively fit in the Columbus Blue Jacket organization.   Now in his third season in Winnipeg, the crowded Jet blueline will see exactly how well earned that money is with Clitsome throughout a full season.   For newcomer Matt Halischuk, his mediocre career after being well known for scoring the gold medal winning goal at the World Juniors has taken many twists and turns.   The latest turn comes into Winnipeg where he hopes to be that full time player that he was in Nashville - 73 games in 2011-12 with 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists).   For Halischuk, his game is simple - grind and score.     Thing is, the Jets needed that type of player and shrewdly enough Kevin Cheveldayoff got that sort of player in Matt Halischuk.   Don't expect 20 goals from Halischuk, but do expect more third line scoring from him than a Nik Antropov (oh my) or a Kyle Wellwood (not the 2011-12 one).   Both players have things to prove and contracts to fulfill, which one will we see climb and which one will we see drop?
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