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Jets All Out:
Antti Miettinen, 32, RW, 6’0, 190 lbs
Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked
This Year's Ranking: #19
Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff made a shrew move to acquire Antti Miettinen via re-entry waivers after the Tampa Bay Lightning signed the 31 year-old Finn to a two-yeard deal.
However, the move wasn't as shrewd offensively at first with the former 20 goal scorer as he was hoping.
In 45 games in Jets blue, Miettinen scored 13 points (five goals, eight assists) - his lowest totals since he scored one goal in 16 games in 2003-04 with the Dallas Stars.
Add to that he didn't score a goal until his 34th game into being a Jet (only six points in the 33 leading up to that game) and his stock wasn't much of a factor in the Jets season.
But you can understand the move to grab the ex-Minnesota Wild/Dallas Star.
Despite his meager eight points in 20 games in the KHL for Ak Bars Kazan early in the 2011-12 season, in 2009-10, playing alongside Mikko Koivu, Miettinen notched 20 goals and added 22 assists - albeit on a supposed "first line" of a non-playoff team.
The move to add Miettinen to the lineup was a depth move as the Jets wanted to make sure they didn't have to unnecessarily rush any of their younger players to play in the NHL right away.
Miettinen got a mixed reaction from Jets fans on the whole - and a mostly negative reaction from me for this ranking.
If he had been more of an impact offensively, his ranking would have been much higher.
Though he was fairly more consistent in the last part of the season - five goals, four assists in the last 13 games, his lack of offensive production during the stretch drive was enough to keep him way away from the top 15 players on the Jets.
With a season up in the air, the best thing for Miettinen to find his scoring touch again would be to start the season in Winnipeg and see how things develop with a training camp in Jets blue instead of in Russia.
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Grant Clitsome, 27, D, 5'11, 215 lbs
Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked
This Year's Ranking: #18
Word that come up to describe Grant Clitsome are versatile, steady, and an asset in the back half of the Jets blueline corps.
Claimed on waivers midway through the 2011-12 season to the Jets, Clitsome found relief by playing for a...
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My first reaction was of sheer joy and then of even more sheer joy after hearing his press conference after signing.
Ron Hainsey, 31, 6’3, 210 lbs.
Last Year’s Ranking: 10
This Year’s Ranking: 16
Ron Hainsey just rubs me the wrong way.
At first I thought it was his enormous (for a player like him) $4.5 million per year contract with the Winnipeg Jets.
But when I watched games both live and on TV, it became apparent that the Jets were putting...
Chris Thorburn, 29, RW, 6’3, 230 lbs
Last Year's Ranking: #17
This Year's Ranking: #20
Chris Thorburn is a touchy subject for me.
First of all, he is a fourth line player.
Second of all, he doesn't score much.
And third of all, he isn't that great of a scrapper.
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Three days into the NHL's fourth lockout in twenty years and the Jets find themselves with a few of their own playing overseas already.
The first to go was goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, fresh off a newly signed five-year contract.
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Nikolai Antropov, 32, C, 6'6, 245 lbs
Last Year's Ranking: #8
This Year's Ranking: #17
With the largest demotion in the top 25, Nik Antropov's extremely sub-par 35 point season made him the goat in this ranking in 2012.
Though he did score the first goal in Winnipeg Jets 2.0 history, his 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists)...