If you thought the Winnipeg Jets might be going through the motions after coming up with a 5-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes in Paul Maurice’s debut, you thought wrong.
The pace was high and the compete level was evident as the new head coach put his charges through their first real practice under his watch on a day that was originally scheduled to be a day off from the rink.
“Every drill was with speed and had a purpose,” said Jets forward Blake Wheeler. “His goal is to make us an up-tempo, hard-working team. That’s going to make us tough to play against and that’s what we’re trying to incorporate into our practices.”
“He was looking for a lot of pace and a lot of intensity,” added Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian. “That’s good. We have a team that’s built for that. You play the way you practice, so anytime you have a chance to be intense, do game-like scenarios like that, get your feet moving and get your legs underneath you, it’s always a good feeling.”