Winnipeg Jets & Farm Team Collective Performance 2012-2014

May 27, 2015 by in Jets Flight Control tags: , ,

The professional hockey world shifted a bit when Atlanta Thrashers relocated to become the Winnipeg Jets. Not only did the NHL get affected, but so did the minor league affiliations which needed to be reestablished.

Atlanta had affiliations with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL and the Gwinnett Glaidiators of the ECHL. Those were ended in the summer of 2011 when Winnipeg established a new affiliation hierarchy by forming a new team in St. John’s and establishing an agreement with a new ECHL team, the Colorado Eagles.

The purpose of this post is to track how the three teams have risen and fallen along side each other to see if there is any pattern. It tracks the 2nd and 3rd seasons. You can see the first and second season comparison from 2011-13 here.

 

This was the second year of the operating agreement between the three franchises. The St-John’s IceCaps had a bust sophomore year. The Winnipeg Jets unfortunately carried on the mediocre tradition of the Thrashers while the Eagles had a disappointing regular season. There was not much to celebrate.

In addition, unfortunately for NHL Hockey fans the 2012-13 season was almost halved due to the player lockout. The AHL and ECHL teams continued their full schedule.

2012-13 Regular Season Team G W L OTL P Win % GF GA Division Finish Season Change
   Colorado Eagles Banner
Colorado Eagles (ECHL) 72 34 31 7 75 47.22% 239 224 3rd, Mountain -5.56 pp
 St. John's IceCaps Banner
St-Johns IceCaps (AHL) 76 32 36 8 72 42.11% 195 237 5th, Atlantic -14.47 pp
 Winnipeg Jets Banner
Winnipeg Jets
(NHL)
48 24 21 3 51 50.00% 128 144 2nd, Southeast +4.88 pp

Yes the Jets made some modest improvement over the previous season finishing with 24 wins out of 48 games this was done in a very weak Southeast division. The Eagles continued their downward slide for a 2nd straight season while the IceCaps had a complete reversal over their successful first year, falling from 1st to 5th and to last in their division. Only the Eagles made the playoffs.

2012-13 Playoffs Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Season Change
   Colorado Eagles Banner
Colorado Eagles (ECHL) L, 2–4 ↔ level x 2
 St. John's IceCaps Banner
St-Johns IceCaps (AHL) DNQ ↓ 3 levels
 Winnipeg Jets Banner
Winnipeg Jets
(NHL)
DNQ ↔ DNQ x 5 | x 2 as Jets

True North Sports and Entertainment had little to be happy about with only the ECHL franchise making the playoffs. The Eagles did not make much noise being eliminated in the 1st round while the Jets and IceCaps both did not qualify for the post-season. This would be the 5th straight shut-out of the playoffs for the Jets/Thrashers. The move to Winnipeg did not result in the improved on-ice results that fans wished for.

2012-13 would be the last season that Winnipeg and St-John’s  would affiliate with the Colorado Eagles. In the 2013-14 season they entered into a shared affiliation agreement with the Ontario Reign, who is owned by the Los Angeles Kings. This was a shift in strategy since Colorado was a one to one affiliation.

2013-14 Regular Season Team G W L OTL P Win % GF GA Division Finish Season Change
 Ontario Reign Banner
Ontario Reign
(ECHL) *
71 44 20 7 95 61.97% 215 191 1st, Pacific -1.92 pp
 St. John's IceCaps Banner
St-Johns IceCaps (AHL) 76 46 23 7 99 60.53% 258 207 1st, Atlantic +18.42 pp
 Winnipeg Jets Banner
Winnipeg Jets
(NHL)
82 37 35 10 84 45.12% 227 237 7th, Central -4.88 pp

* The Ontario Reign is owned by the Los Angeles Kings and is a shared affiliation agreement with them.

In this third season, the two farm teams did very well. The Ontario Reign did not top their previous season’s amazing winning percentage, but still won over 60% of their games finishing first again in their division.

St-John’s had a great turn around season. They too won a bunch with over 60% of their games being wins and captured first in their division for the second time in three seasons.

Winnipeg found itself in the new Central division (due to the divisional realignment) and did not so bad considering they had the same exact record as their 2011-12 season when they played in the much weaker Southeast division. Winning 45% of their games got them finishing last in the Central.

Two of the three teams went onto the playoffs.

2013-14 Playoffs Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Season Change
   Ontario Reign Banner
Ontario Reign
(ECHL)
L, 0–4 ↓ 1 level
 St. John's IceCaps Banner
St-Johns IceCaps (AHL) W, 3-1 W, 4-2 W, 4-2 L, 4-1 ↓ 3 levels
 Winnipeg Jets Banner
Winnipeg Jets
(NHL)
DNQ ↔ DNQ x 6 | x 3 as Jets

True North Sports Entertainment could take some consolation that even though the Jets made it three years in a row (six when including Atlanta’s seasons) of not making playoffs, the IceCaps did them proud! The IceCaps had an amazing playoff run with only being three wins shy of winning the Calder Cup. The Ontario Reign got swept in the first round, which was a setback for them.

It will be curious to see whether the IceCaps run will create a positive effect on the Jets in 2014-15.

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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