The Leafs have scored one goal in 240 minutes of play, and have seen 12 past their goaltenders. It might look like the Leafs are improving, but it sure is hard to wait, and wait, and wait. During the first intermission of the Blues-Leafs game, the regular Coach’s Corner with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean played for their allotted time of five minutes. Mr. Cherry wore a stunning (Budweiser) goal-light jacket, and his main point of praise was for the Winnipeg Jets. Jets fans have been waiting three years for this to happen, success against the worst and best teams in the NHL on a consistent basis. An 8-2 win against the Florida Panthers, a 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars (keeping Tyler Seguin off the scoresheet), and a 4-2 statement against the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Jets look like a good Canadian team that I could cheer for. They’re successful (at the moment), they’re not a rival of the Leafs (I’m dedicated to the Leafs), and they’re not hated by any other NHL team (at the moment). There’s a tonne of scoring from the top lines with Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler, and Mathieu Perreault. There’s some great defensive play from Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, and Mark Stuart. And finally, there’s the goaltending combination of Michael Hutchinson and Ondrej Pavelec.
Back to Coach’s Corner, Don Cherry noted that he watched Michael Hutchinson play for Markham. As a goalie that catches right, my brother had always praised Michael Hutchinson for his work as a goaltender in Markham. The two had gone to the same goaltending coach, Jamie McGuire who has helped a number of hockey players and goalies develop their skills to be the best they can be. Michael Hutchinson was definitely a standout.
If the Jets make it to the playoffs, it will be due to their goaltending. It will be due to their defensive play. It will be due to their offence. The Winnipeg Jets are looking to make it to the playoffs. If they stay consistent, they are surely bound to.
Ps. I just wish that the Leafs could do the same.
Here’s a link to McGuire Goaltending + Hockey Development: http://www.mcguirehockey.com/