Winnipeg Jets - Free Agents, Trades, Rumors, Speculation-It all goes here; Part V
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01-06-2012, 12:41 AM
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The way I see it, the Jets need a true #1 center more than anything. Sure, we got some centers right now, but it seems to me that everyone is playing a line above where they should be. Little is a great player, but a #1? No, I'd say he'd be a great great #2 center. Move Antro down to the third line, and with his size he's an unreal #3 center. Schiefele could develop into that #1 man, but I think that he's more likely to end up a Little type player, ie perfect for the second line. With Cormier looking awesome on faceoffs he's perfect for the 4th line with his size and physical presence.
The Jets are in trouble with finding this #1 center though, as it's gonna be hard to get one in a trade. Lets be honest, any that are traded here (Ie Getzlaf) are gonna come at an overpayment and have a high chance of walking at the end of their contract. Unless the Jets can get one with a long contract (like the Mike Richards trade, but this seems unlikely) they are gonna have to develop one through the draft.
The Jets are in a unique place where, as much as I hate to say it, we are an undesirable market, and it will be hard to attract players through FA, and hard to sign traded players to extensions. So I don't see the Jets current little slump as bad, maybe we can pick up that true #1 center in the draft this year. Or maybe Schief will be one, but until that point, I don't see the Jets doing much, especially in the conference they'll find themselves in next year.
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