The Winnipeg Jets held their end of season player interviews. Here are three talking points from the Jets’ year end interviews.
The Winnipeg Jets held their year end player interviews Wednesday for the media who cover the team. In all, 15 players spoke to the media via Zoom about the season, playoffs, and what is to come for the following season.
The Jets lost in overtime on Monday night on a goal by Tyler Toffoli, completing a very convincing four-game sweep by the Montreal Canadiens. Kieran Hurley has a great recap of the game and series here. The Canadiens were the better team in the series and the Jets never really threatened to take control of even a period, let alone an entire game.
Were it not for the heroics of goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, the series may have been even more one sided in favor of the Canadiens. The Canadiens move on to face the winner of the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche series, and the Jets are left with time to contemplate what went wrong.
Today during the interviews, the Winnipeg Jets players were understandably disappointed but were united in their belief in the core of the team moving forward.
Later in the week, we should get some insights into the bigger picture plan for next season when Coach Paul Maurice and General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff speak to the media. Today, the players presented a unified front supporting the core of the team, and reinforcing the belief that the Jets are close to taking the next step in being a contender.
Here are three key takeaways from the media interviews with the players on Wednesday:
3. The Jets Were Dealing With Injuries
Some Jets players disclosed more specifics than they normally do pertaining to injuries, and some merely confirmed that they were dealing with injuries. None of the players used injuries as an excuse for the Montreal series, but it is clear that the team was not entirely healthy.
Paul Stastny confirmed that he was dealing with some type of injury in the Edmonton series and that it got worse in the Montreal series.
Nikolaj Ehlers went into the specifics of his injuries, and also cemented his status as the toughest Winnipeg Jet.
As Jets fans witnessed during his first shift of game one against the Canadiens, Dylan DeMelo sustained a significant groin injury on a freak play.
Captain Blake Wheeler also confirmed what the media suspected all season, that he had multiple injuries which he is going to look into during the off season.