Winnipeg Jets 2011-12 Player Leaders and GM Analysis

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The new Winnipeg Jets 2.0 would be built on the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team that did not have much to be proud of.  True North acquired a team that were just one or two steps above an expansion franchise.

Winnipeg and Manitoba adopted the team enthusiastically despite the team’s past performance. To begin analyzing how GM Kevin Chevaldayoff has attended to the team here is a list of the Winnipeg Jets skaters (ranked by point totals) and goalies (ranked by games played) for the 2011-12 season, their first in Winnipeg.

Each player who played in 2011-12 is identified by how they were acquired by the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets which can be via a Trade deal, a Draft pick, a Free Agent signing, or a Waiver pickup. Below this table I provide a summary of the makeup of the team and also track the team’s continuity to the 2012-13 season.

Player  Pos  GP  P +/-  PIM  PP  SH  GW  OT  Shots  Route NS CD
1 Blake Wheeler R 80 17 47 64 3 55 6 0 3 0 208 Trade X
2 Evander Kane L 74 30 27 57 11 53 6 0 4 1 287 Draft X
3 Dustin Byfuglien D 66 12 41 53 -8 72 4 0 3 0 223 Trade X
4 Andrew Ladd L 82 28 22 50 -8 64 4 0 6 2 265 Trade X
5 Kyle Wellwood C 77 18 29 47 3 4 4 0 1 1 93 Free Agent X 1
6 Bryan Little C 74 24 22 46 -11 26 6 0 6 0 162 Draft X
7 Nik Antropov C 69 15 20 35 0 42 4 0 0 0 95 Free Agent X
8 Tobias Enstrom D 62 6 27 33 6 38 2 0 1 0 94 Draft X
9 Zach Bogosian D 65 5 25 30 -3 71 1 0 0 0 150 Draft X
10 Alexander Burmistrov C 76 13 15 28 4 42 1 1 0 0 123 Draft X
11 Tim Stapleton R 63 11 16 27 -2 10 4 0 3 1 74 Free Agent
12 Jim Slater C 78 13 8 21 -9 42 0 1 1 0 118 Draft X
13 Tanner Glass L 78 5 11 16 -12 73 0 0 1 0 86 Free Agent 1
14 Mark Stuart D 80 3 11 14 -4 98 0 1 1 0 60 Trade X
15 Antti Miettinen R 45 5 8 13 -5 0 1 0 0 0 58 Waivers X 1
16 Johnny Oduya D 63 2 11 13 -9 33 0 0 1 1 52 Trade
17 Chris Thorburn R 72 4 7 11 -6 83 0 0 0 0 69 Trade X
18 Ron Hainsey D 56 0 10 10 9 23 0 0 0 0 57 Free Agent X
19 Spencer Machacek R 13 2 7 9 8 7 0 0 0 0 12 Draft X
20 Mark Flood D 33 3 4 7 -1 10 1 0 1 0 30 Free Agent 1
21 Ben Maxwell C 9 1 4 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 Trade 1
22 Eric Fehr R 35 2 1 3 -6 12 0 0 1 0 54 Trade 1
23 Grant Clitsome D 12 0 3 3 -3 8 0 0 0 0 13 Waivers X 1
24 Randy Jones D 39 1 1 2 4 8 0 0 0 0 24 Free Agent 1
25 Brett MacLean L 5 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 6 Waivers 1
26 Mark Scheifele C 7 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 Draft X 1
27 Jason Jaffray L 13 0 1 1 -1 7 0 0 0 0 10 Free Agent X 1
28 Patrice Cormier C 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 Draft X
29 Arturs Kulda D 9 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 8 Draft X
30 Kenndal McArdle L 9 0 0 0 -3 4 0 0 0 0 3 Trade 1
31 Aaron Gagnon C 7 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 6 Free Agent X 1
32 Carl Klingberg L 6 0 0 0 -1 4 0 0 0 0 7 Draft X
33 Brett Festerling D 5 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 0 2 Trade
34 Paul Postma D 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Draft X
35 Derek Meech D 2 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 2 Free Agent X 1
Player  Pos. GP  W OT  SA  GA  GAA  Saves  Sv%  SO  TOI 
36 Ondrej Pavelec G 68 29 28 9 2,036 191 2.91 1,845 0.906 4 3,932:26 Draft X
37 Chris Mason G 20 8 7 1 422 43 2.59 379 0.898 2 994:52 Free Agent
38 Peter Mannino G 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 1.000 0 19:51 Free Agent
26 14

NS = Next Season   CD = Cheveldayoff’s Deals

 

In reviewing the 2011-12 scoring table, the Jets found some success finding scoring from previous unknown sources with having 10 different players scoring 10+ goals. They also experienced a bit of turnover with their roster due to injuries and other issues. It was not clear who the core of the team was which is not surprising since the team had new coaching.

Below I separate out the Jets Roster by the Player Route taken or the way the player got to be part of the Jets. We find that the Jets are getting most of their performance from Atlanta’s draft picks. The Free Agents contributed less than their team makeup while players acquired by Trade made up some missing points but also had the by far worst plus/minus ratings as a group. Ouch!

Jets Skating Lineup Efficiency
If all 18 skaters played all 82 games there would be a 0.00% substitution rate
The Jets had 35 skaters in its lineup which means a 94.44% substitution rate
Team Composition by Player Route Games by Scater’s Route Goals by Scater’s Route
Draft 13 34.21% Draft 476 32.25% Draft 94 42.53%
Free Agent 12 31.58% Free Agent 437 29.61% Free Agent 53 23.98%
Trade 10 26.32% Trade 501 33.94% Trade 69 31.22%
Waivers 3 7.89% Waivers 62 4.20% Waivers 5 2.26%
Points by Scater’s Route +/- by Scater’s Route
Draft 225 37.44% Draft 9 -24.32%
Free Agent 145 24.13% Free Agent 0 0.00%
Trade 213 35.44% Trade -39 105.41%
Waivers 18 3.00% Waivers -7 18.92%
# of players who played for the Winnipeg Jets or St. John IceCaps the Next Season (NS): 26
68.42%  of 38 players compared to 63.16% of 38 players in 2010-11.
# of players who left the Next Season (NS): 12 (6 Free Agents, 5 Trades, 1 Waiver)
31.58%  of 38 players

 

Now how well did Cheveldayoff do as far as his contributions to the team? Using the numbers above, I separated out those players that he directly had a hand in bringing to the Jets either via Draft, Free Agency, Trade, or Waiver pickup. You can see his 2011-12 transactions here.

Cheveldayoff’s Deals
Team Composition by Player Route Games by Scater’s Route Goals by Scater’s Route
Draft 1 2.63% Draft 7 0.47% Draft 1 0.45%
Free Agent 7 18.42% Free Agent 249 16.87% Free Agent 27 12.22%
Trade 3 7.89% Trade 53 3.59% Trade 3 1.36%
Waivers 3 7.89% Waivers 62 4.20% Waivers 5 2.26%
Total 14 36.84% Total 371 25.14% Total 36 16.29%
Points by Scater’s Route +/- by Scater’s Route
Draft 1 0.17% Draft 0 0.00%
Free Agent 73 12.15% Free Agent -7 18.92%
Trade 8 1.33% Trade -6 16.22%
Waivers 18 3.00% Waivers -7 18.92%
Total 100 16.64% Total -20 54.05%
# of Cheveldayoff players acquired but did not stay with the team after 2011-12: 7
This is 58.33% of the 12 total players who left. It remains to be seen if this is a trend or is a high number, but it does appear that Cheveldayoff does not keep people around if they do not fit even if he originally chooses them.

 

So after a full season, we see Cheveldayoff tinkering with the team by introducing some Free Agents, making some Trades, and picking up a few Waivers. Players he directly had a hand in acquiring made up 36.84% of the roster, but they underperformed in all areas. Those players were poor on goals/points and atrocious on the plus/minus. Not a good first year as a GM.

Perhaps this poor performance is a trend that is found across the NHL, but it definitely puts Cheveldayoff’s decisions in a bad light. Still we have to remember that the work of a GM is a long term vision and Cheveldayoff’s impact should be better when his draft picks start to crack the lineup.

 

Did you know?

Essentially the Winnipeg Jets are just a tad different from the 2010-11 Atlanta Thrashers
with the majority of those players continuing to play for the organization.

The Jets improved their season standing from 34-36-12 to 37-35-10 with essentially the same team.
The slight improvement could be due to the move to Winnipeg which brought a
new management structure and hockey crazy fans with higher expectations.

Chris Billows

About The Author:

Chris Billows is a knowledge seeker, a libertarian who believes in social responsibility, a health care bureaucrat, and a business dabbler. The Journals of Doc Surge is his personal blog. Doc Surge (a cool synonym for Billows) is inspired by Doc Brass from the Planetary Comic series who in turn was inspired by the 1930s pulp hero Doc Savage.

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