This article is part of our Team Previews series.
Although the Jets finished last season with a middling record, there is reason for optimism in Winnipeg. Following two straight lackluster seasons and a disappointing start to the 2013-2014 campaign, head coach Claude Noël was given the boot in January. Paul Maurice was brought in to serve as his replacement, and provided an obvious lift to the team, leading the Jets to wins in his first four games as head coach. The organization rewarded Maurice for his performance by removing his interim tag and signing him to a four-year extension in April. While it appears as though the Jets may have found their head coach of the foreseeable future, some questions still remain when one takes a look at the team's roster.
The strength of the Jets last season, and likely in 2014-15, will be at forward. Blake Wheeler is coming off an impressive campaign, as he posted career-highs in goals (28) and points (69), while suiting up for each of the team's 82 games. The Jets also received important contributions from the rest of a well-rounded top-six crew. Bryan Little finished the season as the team's second-leading scorer (64 points), while Andrew Ladd and Michael Frolik also registered respectable stat lines (54 and 42 points scored, respectively). However, the offense could still stand to benefit from a bounce-back year from Evander Kane, who may need to return to the 57-point form he showed in his first season if the Jets hope to make good on their playoff aspirations.