The Winnipeg Jets have finally played their first regular season game—a 5-1 loss in what was a rather underwhelming performance.
It may have been the long introductions of the team to begin the game that shook the Jets out of sync or some other reason, but what is certain is that the expansion team did not bring their best effort for the Winnipeg faithful in attendance.
Yes, it is just the first game of the season, but there are some glaring aspects of the Jets' game that will need to improve if they can hope to enjoy a successful inaugural campaign as the new Winnipeg Jets, years after the previous edition left in '96 for Phoenix.
Three aspects of their game that must be shored up are puck protection, power play, and awareness.
The rest of their game seemed to be fairly solid with no reasons for huge concern, but the three aspects will need to improve if the Jets expect to compete in their strenuous season of travel in the Southeast Division.