Kevin Cheveldayoff

The Jets built Cup contender by drafting, developing talent

Not many people, if any, expected the Winnipeg Jets to have one of the NHL's best teams this season.

Vegas Golden Knights assistant general manager Kelly McCrimmon was one of the few.

The former owner, general manager and coach of the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings said he watched Winnipeg play 20 times last season, giving him a peek at what was to come.

"It was pretty easy to see that it was going to happen," McCrimmon said. "This year, certainly it has."

The Jets earned 114 points during the regular season, trailing only Nashville.

Winnipeg advanced in the playoffs for the first time since moving from Atlanta in 2011....

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