By Scott Billeck
The Winnipeg Jets lost their third pre-season game Thursday night, a 4-1 wash to the Minnesota Wild. There wasn’t much to be happy about from a player nor a coaches standpoint and the Jets need to figure out what is going wrong before their season begins in less than two weeks.
“You know, I think that is something we are going to deal with tomorrow,” Noel said regarding his teams poor performances so far this season. “I am not going to make excuses for us, I think it is something that the players have to look towards – something we discussed after the first (period).
“As far as the game went, it was a game that we didn’t accomplish what we set out to accomplish. I thought we had some good performances from some players, but not enough of them. There are a lot of areas we certainly need to improve on.”
Noel spoke to some of the issues players and teams deal with during the pre-season, especially with veterans when it comes to putting in a full game effort.
“Sometimes those are things that happen in pre-season,” said Noel. “That is where you need to find your inner-strength and you have to find a way to resolve those things.
“Our job is to perform and that is how we are judged.”
One of the players that did put together a solid 60-minutes was 18-year old Josh Morrissey. The 13th draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft continued his impressive play with the big club and hopes he has done enough to garner a roster spot.
“I hope so, I hope I have,” said Morrissey anxiously. “I think I have done everything I can so far and no matter what happens I can leave here knowing I’ve given it my all. I am happy with how I have played so far.”
Noel was impressed with Morrissey’s game on Thursday night, and shared the same sentiment.
“For me I thought he competed,” said Noel. “When you watch Josh play you can see that he plays with passion, regardless of the game. He plays to win and you can see that he is engaged in the game. I thought he was very good in the game.”