Ondrej Pavelec of Winnipeg Jets Named NHLPA Player of the Week

NHLPAContributor IIIMarch 9, 2012

WINNIPEG, CANADA - FEBRUARY 27: Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets makes a save in a game against the Edmonton Oilers in NHL action at the MTS Centre on February 27, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
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With the return of the NHL to Winnipeg this season, fans of the Manitoba capital are riding a euphoric wave of pride and joyousness having their Jets back in the city.

Not only are the people in Winnipeg just happy with having their team back, but they are also in a position to potentially see the team make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

A huge reason for the success of the Jets and their position in the standings is goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. The Czech netminder has been superb lately, producing a number of highlight reel saves which have energized the fans and his team and helped them capture crucial points as the season comes down the home stretch.

His play instills confidence in his teammates, who are becoming spoiled by his stellar play and are beginning to expect nothing less from the 24-year-old netminder. He has been especially hot lately, going 4-1-1 in his last six starts, games that have included some saves that will definitely be replayed on year-end highlight shows.

The native of Kladno, Czech Republic—which just happens to be the same town that has given the hockey world players like Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias and Tomas Plekanec—has become one of the top goaltenders in the NHL so far this season. Tending the pipes for a confident Jets team, Ondrej is providing Winnipeg with stellar play and the ability to take two points every time they hit the ice.

This season, Pavelec has taken his game to the next level, and it's clear to see from the stats. This week, he earned the NHLPA's Player of the Week honors.

  • Ondrej has been hot lately, posting a 4-1-1 record, with a 2.65 GAA and a .921 save percentage over his last six starts
  • He led the Jets to a 7-0 victory over their Southeast Division rivals, the Florida Panthers, a huge win for the team as they enter the stretch drive. He is 8-1-0 and has a 1.21 GAA and a save percentage of .962 in his last 9 games played
  • He's already set a new career-high in wins, with 25.

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