Andrew Ladd has heard the dire projections and predictions of another long and difficult season ahead for the Winnipeg Jets.
The captain of the Jets isn’t worried about the widespread notion the Jets are falling behind the Central Division arms race.
Ladd believes the Jets have what it takes to make the playoffs for the first time since the Atlanta Thrashers did so in 2006-07.
“As long as we have that mindset as a group, it doesn’t really matter what anybody else says,” Ladd said in a telephone interview from the Okanagan region of B.C. “I really like the group that we have and I hope that everyone is excited and hungry to get better, to have a full training camp under Paul (Maurice) and work toward getting into the playoffs.
“It’s always fun to prove people wrong.”
For the Jets to prove people wrong next season, they’ll need to raise their standard of work — something head coach Paul Maurice made clear during his exit meetings with players.