Choose Your Own Jets Adventure: Left Wing

Heading into this season, there are a few things fairly clear about the new team: for one, Andrew Ladd is the captain, and he is part of a line that clicked last year and is not likely to be broken up. So, given that the Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler line (needs a name; "Andy's Little Wheeler"?) is set for the upcoming year, that still leaves us with the remaining three forward lines and a slew of obvious and not-so-obvious candidates to fill them.  Of course, we can cheat and look at the depth chart over at the Winnipeg site, but it doesn't seem very intuitive at times (Tobias Enstrom on the 3rd pairing, oh really?).  

Instead, this is a good opportunity to bring all the chatter at the bar and on the HF Boards to a consensus decision, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style.

Okay, it won't be as exciting as the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books, where you made decisions on a dime and knew when the page numbers got higher that shit was about to go down.  This is more like the really slow version, where your big sister is reading along with you and not always making the same decisions you would.  Also, if you make a bad decision, the numbers are lower rather than higher.  They're also a poor market idea as they're pointless to own.  I digress...

Before putting our depth to vote, I want to give you our candidates for the left wing with some handy info and a brief intro (infused with nitro, done in slow-mo, Wynona Ryder was a klepto....I run out eventually).

Left Wing

Evander Kane

Year Team Lg  GP G A Pts Adj +/- SOG Sh% PIM
2008-09 Vancouver WHL 61 48 48 96 +22 -- -- 89
2009-10 Atlanta NHL 66 14 12 26 +5 127 11.0 62
2010-11 Atlanta NHL 73 19 24 43 -3 234 8.1 68

Year Team Lg TOI ESTOI PPTOI SHTOI ZS% QoC Rk QoT Rk
2009-10 Atlanta NHL 13.98 12.52 0.33 1.13 47.1 10th of 16 12th of 16
2010-11 Atlanta NHL 17.85 14.70 2.30 0.50 54.5 2nd of 17 7th of 17

A note on what I'm using here; "Adj +/-" takes the team average +/- and subtracts it from the player's.  "ZS%" is Offensive Zone Start %, or basically where on the ice this player starts typically (it actually has a non-insignificant effect on player's offensive/defensive numbers).  "QoC Rk" is Quality of Competition Rank among the players at their position that played in the year in question (I split forwards and defensemen).  "QoT Rk" is Quality of Teammates Rank among the same group of players.  These give us a sense of what line they are deployed on, as top-line players and/or those who play well defensively will get the tougher competition; the latter don't always get the teammates.

Moving back to Kane, I never said this was going to be a fair fight.  Kane is a potential breakout candidate this year.

Tanner Glass

Year Team Lg GP G A Pts Adj +/- SOG Sh% PIM
2008-09 Rochester AHL 44 4 9 13 +2 65 6.2 100
2008-09 Florida NHL 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 7
2009-10 Vancouver NHL 67 4 7 11 -4 52 7.7 115
2010-11 Vancouver NHL 73 3 7 10 -17 45 6.7 72

Year Team Lg TOI ESTOI PPTOI SHTOI ZS% QoC Rk QoT Rk
2008-09 Florida NHL 6.75 6.75 0.00 0.00 38.9 17th of 19 17th of 19
2009-10 Vancouver NHL 10.47 9.58 0.12 0.75 42.1 14th of 20 12th of 20
2010-11 Vancouver NHL 8.92 7.78 0.08 1.03 39.1 17th of 24 17th of 24

Glass's hard work might be admirable, considering the crap zone starts and crappier teammates, but he should've at least been able to put up points in the AHL if he had talent beyond a crash-and-banger.

Patrice Cormier

Year Team Lg GP G A Pts Adj +/- SOG Sh% PIM
2008-09 Rimouski QMJHL 54 23 28 51 +6 -- -- 118
2009-10 Rim./Rouyn QMJHL 31 11 20 31 +13 -- -- 64
2010-11 Chicago AHL 11 2 3 5 +8 15 13.3 14
2010-11 Atlanta NHL 21 1 1 2 -3 27 3.7 4

Year Team Lg TOI ESTOI PPTOI SHTOI ZS% QoC Rk QoT Rk
2010-11 Atlanta NHL 9.63 9.37 0.22 0.03 44.6 8th of 17 9th of 17

Admittedly, this one's a little tricky because it's possible he plays centre this year.  That said, he can also play wing, so his placement in the poll below should be on talent, and not on whether he'll actually play there.

Jason Gregoire

Year Team Lg GP G A Pts Adj +/- SOG Sh% PIM
2008-09 North Dakota WCHA 42 12 17 29 -1 108 11.1 28
2009-10 North Dakota WCHA 43 20 17 37 0 134 14.9 10
2010-11 North Dakota WCHA 35 25 18 43 +13 121 20.7 8

Gregoire is a little bit of a wild card.  I like that he's improved steadily, looks good defensively, and has a cool head.  He's also played centre at times.

Kenndal McArdle

Year Team Lg GP G A Pts Adj +/- SOG Sh% PIM
2008-09 Rochester AHL 58 12 12 24 +4 92 13.0 79
2008-09 Florida NHL 3 0 0 0 -1 1 0.0 2
2009-10 Rochester AHL 18 3 5 8 +3 24 12.5 63
2009-10 Florida NHL 19 1 2 3 -3 10 10.0 29
2010-11 Rochester AHL 54 14 12 26 +1 97 14.4 106
2010-11 Florida NHL 11 0 0 0 -2 6 0.0 16

Year Team Lg TOI ESTOI PPTOI SHTOI ZS% QoC Rk QoT Rk
2008-09 Florida NHL 7.50 7.50 0.00 0.00 73.3 19th of 19 11th of 19
2009-10 Florida NHL 8.88 8.85 0.02 0.01 32.9 16th of 20 12th of 20
2010-11 Florida NHL 9.93 9.92 0.01 0.00 34.5 14th of 22 4th of 22

I don't know what to think of McArdle, except to say he's passable defensively.

Ivan Telegin

Year Team Lg GP G A Pts Adj +/- SOG Sh% PIM
2008-09 Novokuznetsk Rus3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Saginaw OHL 51 26 18 44 -2 -- -- 20
2010-11 Saginaw OHL 59 20 41 61 +8 -- -- 35

Diamond in the rough, this one.  Could creep into the lineup at the end of the year if he does well in the AHL.

Carl Klingberg

Year Team Lg GP G A Pts Adj +/- SOG Sh% PIM
2008-09 Boras Swe1 8 4 2 6 +2 -- -- 2
2008-09 Frolunda SEL 10 2 1 3 +1 -- -- 0
2009-10 Boras Swe1 4 0 5 5 +1 -- -- 2
2009-10 Frolunda SEL 42 6 7 13 0 -- -- 16
2010-11 Frolunda/Timra SEL 49 5 3 8 +1 -- -- 14
2010-11 Chicago AHL 8 1 0 1 -1 11 9.1 6
2010-11 Atlanta NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0

Year Team Lg TOI ESTOI PPTOI SHTOI ZS% QoC Rk QoT Rk
2010-11 Atlanta NHL 10.22 10.22 0.00 0.00 75.0 17th of 17 17th of 17

Scouts love this guy, and teams keep moving him up, so he must be doing something right.  Or he's just a Swedish 2nd rounder.

So, have at it in the poll; what is our left wing depth going to look like this year?

P.S. I know, I know, the poll question is worded a bit differently, but basically a player who plays a lot of NHL games should be viewed as the guy who "made it" onto the Jets' lines.

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