Altitude Check: Friday December 9, 2011 Winnipeg Jets Headlines

Hey all! This is a new feature running Monday through Friday that will bring you up to date on what's going on in the media pertaining to the Winnipeg Jets.

Here are your headlines for Friday December 9, 2011:

Is Evander Kane the next Jarome Iginla? Gary Lawless really connects the dots in deducing that both players are of African-Canadian decent. It seems that Lawless looked no deeper than skin colour in this piece, concluding that Kane and Iginla play a "power foward" role, yet aren't on the same level. Hey Gary, we aren't talking vintage Iggy here. It's not 2004 anymore. Kane has two more points (and 5 more goals) than Iginla so far this year and has played in two less games. And is it really apt to compare the skills of a 20 year old to that of a 34 year old when both players are at different pinnacles in their career? Not to mention that in a 740 word piece, he mentions Iginla's name only once. He could have compared Kane to 20 different players who fit this mold. Solid journalism. [WFP]

27 games played and yet to score a goal, how Chris Thorburn is handling his current slump. [Winnipeg Sun]

Nikolai Antropov is closing in on returning to the line-up. "It’s feeling good, but I’ve only skated twice with the team. The boys are winning games and you’re sitting in the press box. It’s good for the team, but personally, I want to be back in the game and in the action." [Winnipeg Sun]

To what can we attribute Dustin Byfuglien's recent success? The simplification of his game might be a good place to start. "Byfuglien has been much more responsible in his own zone over the last three games and has been taking fewer offensive risks, which has made life easier on the other Jets blue-liners and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec." [Toronto Sun]

"Jets' wives will be at the St Vital Mall [December 9] from 12-2pm accepting toy donations for the Christmas Miracle Drive- make sure to stop by." [Twitter, via TGlass15]

Tim Brent of the Carolina Hurricanes sums up his view on the heart of the prairies in one word: "Winterpeg." [Twitter, via Brenter37]

Rory Boylen discusses Mark Scheifele's success since being returned to Barrie of the OHL. Ed. Note: TSN aired their World Junior Hockey Championship Preivew tonight where Bob MacKenzie projected Scheifele as Canada's top-line centreman. [Metro]

Make sure to tune into TSN 1290 Saturday between 12:00 and 3:00 PM CST. Arctic Ice Hockey's very own Hawerchuk will be on talking puck. [Illegal Curve]

Finally, not Winnipeg Jets related, but watch the complete fallout that happens in last nights Rangers v. Lightning game after New York forward Artem Anisimov pulls out an abridged version of the Selanne shot gun to celebrate a second period goal. Expect a fine or suspension for Steve Downie who left the bench to join in the fracas. [Puck Daddy]

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