Agent: Jets' Pavelec 'has totally changed his body'

by Aug 26, 9:05 AM
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As training camp approaches, the Winnipeg Jets remain committed to resting their chances of competing in the NHL's Western Conference on the shoulders of goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. 

According to his agent, Allan Walsh, the 26-year-old will enter a new season in the best shape of his career, telling Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press, "[Pavelec] has totally changed his body."

Pavelec, listed at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, certainly needs to do all he can to improve his game after posting a career save percentage of .906 in 288 appearances for the Thrashers-turned-Jets, and ranking 45th in the league in 2013-14 with a mark of .901.

If his new-found physique doesn't improve his game early on, it may open the door for 24-year-old Michael Hutchinson, who sparkled for the Jets (.943 save percentage) in his first three NHL appearances last season.

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Apr 16, 11:37 AM

Jets GM: 'Ondrej Pavelec is the No. 1 goaltender going into next season'

by Apr 16, 11:37 AM
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After the Winnipeg Jets announced a four-year contract extension for Paul Maurice, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff offered insight into what his head coach will be working with next season.

It's an interesting declaration to make, as Pavelec, 26, ranked dead last in the NHL among goalies with 41 or more starts with a save percentage of .901, a number that rose to .909 at even strength (as per Extra Skater) but still ranked as the worst mark among qualified keepers.

According to Hockey Reference, Pavelec ranks 24th out of 25 among active goalies over the past five seasons with a save percentage of .906, just ahead of Steve Mason of the Philadelphia Flyers (.905).

With at least two goaltenders likely available via the trade market this offseason - James Reimer and Cam Ward - it seems quite possible to acquire an upgrade in net, or at least someone to challenge Pavelec for the starter's job.

The Jets have Pavelec under contract for another three seasons with a cap hit of $3.9-million, however, and appear prepared to give him every opportunity to turn things around.

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