So I find myself in a bit of a conundrum........
As I watched the newest version of the Winnipeg Jets lose to the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday I was struck by the thought that I am not yet sure how I feel about them.
Not the team (because I KNOW I am in my glory).......but the players that make up the team. There are players on this team that I like, don't get me wrong, but if you were to ask me who I wouldn't want to trade, who were my "untouchable" players, I would have trouble naming any.
I think this is due to the fact that the team itself has yet to make an impression on me. It lacks identity. The few pre-season games that I have been able to watch combined with their season-opener have failed to create enough history for me to have a fully developed sense of attachment. I also found myself wondering if Jets' management felt the way I do. Are there really any untouchables on this team ? Will next years team even vaguely resemble the one we watched on Sunday ? I know, I know.........its ONE game. Still, it left me wondering.
Now keep in mind, after 30 games I have the right to totally look back on this moment and slap myself for thinking these things about the players I have grown to love, and if they have a winning record after that 30 game stretch all of my musings will be mute.
That being said, if this team has a record that is below .500, will the lack of history that this management team has with these players equate to wholesale changes at the big-league level ? I have a feeling it will.
As an aside, I think the team's record after the first 9 games will decide Mark Scheifele's fate. If they are anywhere near a 2-7 or 3-6 mark (no matter HOW good he has proven to be) he will be sent down to Barrie.
In the meantime I reserve the right to change my mind at any given point during the season. I think everyone in Winnipeg is praying for something to love other than just having a team back. Hopefully Kane, Ladd, Enstrom etc. can give us a little glimpse of who they are and what they are going to bring to the club.