2011-12 record: 37-35-10 (84 points)
missed the playoffs
Captain: Andrew Ladd
The Winnipeg Jets were at one point in the season, in first place in the Southeast Division. However, that moment of elation would not last, as their struggles away from MTS Centre would doom them to another year of no playoffs. Still, the people of Winnipeg will be behind this team, and players such as Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler, and Andrew Ladd give them good reason to stick around. Olli Jokinen was the major addition, and he should give the Jets a number one center that they lacked last year. It would help if Alexander Burmistrov and Patrice Cormier start living up to their expectations. Defensively, Dustin Byfuglien is an offensive force from the blue line, but Tobias Enstrom is the rock of that unit. However, Enstrom missed time to injury, and he will need to be healthy for a full season if Winnipeg hopes to make the playoffs because the depth on the blue line drops off significantly, especially since Zach Bogosian will miss most of the season to injury. Ondrej Pavelec needs to be more consistent, but he also shows signs of being a good starter in the league. Al Montoya is the backup, which would spell trouble if Pavelec is out for any significant period of time.
Prediction: 12th in the East
The little country of Liechtenstein has produced a metal band in Elis, who were well on the way to big things until original vocalist Sabine Duenser died in 2006. Since then, Elis managed to release two more albums (including Duenser's final album with the band in Griefshire), but were never the same after that. Two vocalists later, they decided to call it a day as Elis and are now Zirkonium. The Thrashers had a similar path, but bad ownership led them to become the Jets.
I do not have any material for Zirkonium, as they formed about a month ago, so to that end, I will provide this teaser of Zirkonium:
And some Elis material: