Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Winnipeg Jets
For the last 15 years (12 with The Hockey News, last year’s via pinch-hitter Cam Robinson) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 16th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.
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Gone – Toby Enstrom, Michael Hutchinson, Paul Stastny, Matt Hendricks, Joel Armia, Shawn Matthias, Steve Mason
Incoming – Laurent Brossoit, Dennis Everberg
Impact of changes – This young, high-octane team was built to last. It was built so that the players can grow together with minimal tweaking, from the goalie on outwards, backed up by the contract extension of their captain Blake Wheeler. Six players on this team would be on the first line of most teams. So very little was done in the offseason with the hope that some of the prospects can slot into the open roster spots and the younger proven players can eat up more of the available ice time. Adding Brossoit instead of the injury-prone Mason also furthers this notion. Because although Brossoit is one of the weakest backup goaltenders in the NHL, behind a strong team he could be a 0.910 guy who wins more than he loses when it comes to spot starts. And if Connor Hellebuyck ever gets hurt, the Jets would just call up Eric Comrie to hold the fort over an extended period while Brossoit remains backup.
In a nutshell, if you own any young Jets you can expect more opportunity and ice time.
Ready for full-time – Laurent Brossoit was horrible for 14 games with Edmonton, but that wasn’t entirely his fault. They eventually sent him back to the AHL as more of a mercy thing than anything else. In the AHL he was solid with Bakersfield and in his eight games with the Oilers in 2016-17 he was actually pretty good. Since the Jets would like Eric Comrie (click for scouting profile)to get in plenty of starts, having Brossoit arou