The Boston Bruins handed the Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 overtime shootout loss behind the stellar work of goalie Tuukka Rask and a game-winning shootout goal from the birthday boy, rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy.
The Bruins entered tonight’s tilt at TD Garden as one of the NHL’s hottest teams, having won three in a row and seven of their last ten games. With Thursday’s victory, the black and gold now stand at 18-10-5 and 41 points, seven points ahead of the third place Montreal Canadiens and just two points behind second-place Toronto.
These Winnipeg Jets are good. They’re stacked with talent in the form of a handful of recent high draft picks, such as, Patrick Laine, Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele, and Nikilaj Ehlers. And they’re starting to get it done. After this loss, they’re 20-10-6 for 46 points and third place in the Central Division.
Gone are the days of the Jets being a perennial league doormat. With so many top draft picks blossoming into stars, the Jets look to be a contender for years to come. That said, young teams with great promise have not always fulfilled their potential. Winnipeg need look no further than their Western Conference neighbor, the Edmonton Oilers. They, too, have been the beneficiary of a slew of high draft picks in recent years. But they are struggling this year, sitting at 15-17-2 and 32 points, good for only seventh place in the Pacific Division. Question have risen about how Edmonton has used and developed some of their young stars. They even traded away the original building block, first overall pick in 2010, Taylor Hall. Hall is a powerful player who brings the physicality and has a good scoring touch. He is currently the number one center on the New Jersey Devils where he is scoring at a point-per-game rate.
The Jets would be wise to study Edmonton to learn what not to do with young talent.