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Winnipeg Jets: Three Players That Have to Turn Their Game Around

WINNIPEG, MB - OCTOBER 18: Zach Bogosian #44 of the Winnipeg Jets plays the puck up the ice during second period action against the St. Louis Blues at the MTS Centre on October 18, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Jets defeated the Blues 4-3 in a shootout. (Photo by Lance Thomson/NHLI via Getty Images)
Anthony CapocciContributor IOctober 25, 2013

The Winnipeg Jets are off to a roller coaster start this season. After a disappointing loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday night, the Jets sit with a losing record of 4-5-2.

There have been a lot of inconsistencies in the first 11 games of the season. Players aren’t playing to their potential. Many players are struggling to find their game.

For the Jets to turn their season around including the losing record they possess, they’ll need some key players to turn their game around. It starts with these three players…

 

Blake Wheeler

Blake Wheeler has been sluggish to start the year, but it looks like he’s starting to turn his game around.

Wheeler has three goals and three assists now including goals in back-to-back games. Still, he’ll have to produce more rapidly if he wants to be a real factor in the offense.

The Jets are having trouble scoring as a team and Wheeler is one of the reasons why. He’s a leader and he’ll have to be that by leading with offense.

Three goals in 11 games isn't going to cut it for Wheeler.

 

Mark Scheifele

The Jets need more out of their young center. Mark Scheifele has been struggling with only one goal and three points this season.

Scheifele is depended upon to be a top-six player in the lineup. The rookie is still learning the game and adjusting to the NHL level, but he’ll have to show some signs of life. He has one point in his last nine games. Clearly, he has to turn it around.

The blame isn’t all on Scheifele as other players haven’t helped him out much, but he has to take things into his own hands.

Scheifele has to step up and become a leader. He’s an integral part to the Jets' future, but it would reassure everyone if he started to look like a dominant player now.

 

Zach Bogosian

One of the more disappointing players at the start of this season is defenseman Zach Bogosian.

Bogosian is coming off of a huge contract extension, but hasn’t “wowed” anyone this season. He has three assists in 11 games. Aside from that, he’s been below average on defense. And the Jets need him to unleash that “potential” that everyone raves about.

Bogosian has to turn his game around immediately if the Jets are going to have success. He’s not performing like a $5 million defenseman. He's been beat a number of times in his own end, and has failed to make any significant impact throughout the first 11 games.

There’s a lot of room for improvement in Bogosian’s game.

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