Wow what a night, things could have not gone any better than what they did. Over 15,000 ruckus fans, making it feel like it was game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. Imagine the former Atlanta Thrashers and what they were thinking even during the pre-game skate.
Better luck next time Columbus
Despite not bringing Jared Boll with them to the MTS Center, the Columbus Blue Jackets came into Winnipeg tonight wanting a rough and tumble affair. But only seconds into the game big Dustin Byfuglien said not in my barn after hammering Matt Calvert to the ice with a thunderous hit. Seconds later he and Mark Stuart pounded pests Cody Bass and Dane Byers, in a semi line brawl. But more importantly when it was all said and done it was the Mark Scheifele and Paul Potsma show in a 6-1 victory. Both rookies combined for 3 goals and 5 assist, in a statement game. Both rookies knew they were likely on the outside looking in as training camp started, but after such a dominate performance one has to say their chances of making the team are allot greater.
Jets not as lucky in Columbus
The disappointing thing is the other half of the Jets got spanked in Columbus (split squad game) 5-1. Granted Ron Hainsey and Randy Jones were the only notable defenseman. It’s still a let down only because so many guys had something to prove, players like Tim Stapelton, Kenndal McArdle and Derek Meech left much to be desired. For Columbus they didn’t have an overly powerful lineup dressed in either game, as superstars Rick Nash and Jeff Carter sat out both games.
Many positives came out of the MTS Center tonight. Aside from Scheifele and Potsma; Andrew Ladd, Nik Antropov and Byfuglien all had multiple point games. Russian rookie Iven Telegin didn’t look out of place, scoring his pre-season goal. The team showed a load of team toughness tonight, four separate Jets got into scraps tonight.