Jets coach Noel gives Pavelec big endorsement

Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. (File photo)

Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. (File photo)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:03 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Claude Noel believes the value of Ondrej Pavelec stretches well beyond the numbers he’s posted this season.

The head coach of the Winnipeg Jets is well aware of the folks who don’t think he’s goals against average (2.77) is low enough or his save percentage (.906) is high enough, but Noel said Wednesday afternoon he’s seen a marked improvement in his game from last season to this season.

“How I look at it is he’s still a fairly young player (25), not young, young but he’s still in a good part of his career and look at him from one year to another that there’s been growth and I see that,” said Noel. “For me, the ceiling isn’t there. For me, you still have room to go. That’s what encourages me.

“If you ask me, is he doing his part? I’d say over and above, he’s doing his part. That’s what I would say. I’m a big fan. I like him.”

Noel didn’t stop there.


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