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This has been an eventful offseason for the Jets star netminder.
Early in the offseason, Ondrej Pavelec was rumored to bolt to the KHL for a lot of money and a lot of years. The Jets management knew they had to lock him up, and that they did. Pavelec re-signed with the Jets for five years and got the money he sought as well.
Shortly after, the Jets found out that Pavelec received a DUI back in his home country of the Czech Republic. This occurred before the Jets re-signed him and the Jets were unaware of the whole situation.
Does this alone make Pavelec the No. 2 most pressured player in Winnipeg this season? No, not at all, but it certainly adds to it.
Pavelec got paid. He got the years. He's now officially the anchor for the next five seasons and potentially more, as many thought he'd be. So now he has to live up to the hype, expectations and contract.
Pavelec had a career-high of 29 wins last season. When looking at the two main statistics, however, Pavelec was amongst the worst in the league. Pavelec finished last season with a .906 save percentage and a 2.91 goals against average, statistics that are used to determine how good a goalie just is.
For Pavelec, we could likely throw those numbers out the window for last season. Many times he looked elite, maybe even more times than not. But there were the times when he looked poor. It's tough for anyone to put all the blame on him because the Jets have been a team with a bad defensive system for years.
Yes, Pavelec will need better help defensively, but most of the elite goalies don't use that excuse. Pavelec will have to show what he's made of even in the games where the defense takes a night off.