Hey all! Here is our 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 and elsewhere in the NHL.
Ed. Note: Now that we are through with the Stanley Cup Finals, Altitude Check will only be running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Here is what's in the news for Friday, June 15, 2012:
This is an interesting piece form Richard Pollock. He breaks down where each of Evander Kane's 30 goals came from this year. He also looks at the kind of shot and the game situation. Richie also notes that scoring goals is a lot more important than throwing hits and blocking shots. This should be mandatory reading for the TSN 1290 post game callers. [Illegal Curve]
The draft winds are blowing in today's links... Can you feel the draft? If you prefer your articles topped with a layer of cheese, this ones for you. I missed this the other day, Ed Tait took a look at some of the major story line heading into the draft. There hasn't been a ton of talk about Rick Nash or Roberto Luongo, but there is a chance one or both of them will find a new home within the week. [Winnipeg Free Press]
More Ed Tait. This is yesterday's installment of his positional breakdown series. This time he looks at the centers. I really hope we see Cormier / Slater as our 3rd and 4rd centers this season. I know Antropov brings size to the position, but he is better suited for the wing at this stage of his career. I also really wanna see the Jets draft Radek Faksa and Nikolai Prokhorkin with their first two picks. Putting those two in the system with Scheifele and Telegin would make me a lot more comfortable about the future. [Winnipeg Free Press]
One more from friend of the blog Ed Tait. This is the final installment of his positional breakdown series. This time goalies. We really need consistency from our net-minders next year. Many people blame the defense for Pavi's bad year, but I will aim to smush that idea later today. Pavi is young and still has a ton of upside, but I really don't see any upside in Mason. He was awful last year despite getting fed some of the easiest ice time in the league. [Winnipeg Free Press]
More from the Free Press, this one comes from enemy of the blog Gary Lawless. He breaks downs the thought process behind the Tanner Glass negotiations. I think he hits the nail on the head. [Winnipeg Free Press]
Tim Campbell put with an interesting piece on Perry Pearn. [Winnipeg Free Press]
More Tim. Based on my experience, people named Tim are pretty stellar. Tims tend to exhibit many of the characteristics that Kevin Cheveldayoff appreciates in players. What characteristics are those? Click the link and find out. [Winnipeg Free Press]
I want to add that I was not intentionally cherry picking the Free Press here. I wanted to link a couple Sun articles, but their website was broken when I tried. I didn't think you guys would want to read this repeatedly:
The proxy server received an invalid response from an upstream server.
The proxy server could not handle the request GET /cs/Satellite.
Reason: Error reading from remote server
Apache Server at www.winnipegsun.com Port 80
Maybe it is my computer is to blame. Dunno.
Lets finish this off by mocking some mocks. All three are from NHL.com:
Mike Morreale: He gets a major thumbs up for giving the Jets Radek Faksa at #9. He gets an emphatic thumbs down for giving Buffalo an goon / workout warrior at #12... you know... instead of a quality hockey player...
Adam Kimelman: He gets no thumbs in any direction. He has the Jets picking Morgan Rielly at #9, but makes Ben very mad by leaving Teuvo Teravainen on the board for Bufflalo to take at #12.
Steven Hoffner: He also has the Jets nabbing a D man at #9. This time it is Cody Ceci. Steven also enrages Ben by leaving Teuvo Teravainen on the board. He took it one step further by letting Teuvo slip to Dallas at #13. Steve also loses points for giving Columbus Ryan Murray at #2. They have too many big money D men and desperately need forwards.
These three are clearly a bunch of goombas. Maybe one day they will be a GM like me an rank their players correctly.