Does the name Jay Woodcroft ring any bells? As a player, he played for CJHL teams in the early 90s, spent four seasons with the University of Alabama-Huntsville in the late 90s, and played professionally for some now-defunct leagues in the early 2000s.
So what does the name “Jay Woodcroft” have to do with the Winnipeg Jets?
Dave Lowry’s Tenure:
Since Paul Maurice stepped down on Dec.17, 2021, the Jets have been free-falling – without parachutes. The Jets started well under interim coach Dave Lowry, starting 4-2 in their first six games. However, they’re currently in the midst of a six-game losing streak, bringing Lowry’s record to 4-6-2.
That isn’t to say that Lowry’s tenure hasn’t provided some positives. Noted in this article, the Jets penalty kill was the second-worst in the league, however, the Jets have moved up to the fourth-worst penalty kill since then. In fact, they have killed off 80.64 per cent of penalties since Lowry took over.
Also, Winnipeg has quite a few built-in excuses for this poor form. They played all but two games on the road in January, as well as, COVID-related issues and injuries to key players such as Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers. It’s too soon to tell whether or not this is the real Jets, but they’re slipping ever so further away from a wild-card position.