The Winnipeg Jets just missed the playoffs in 2016-17 finishing with a 40-35-7 record. The Jets have a solid core of young players led by Marc Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Jacob Trouba and Patrick Laine. Patrick Laine, only 19, has perhaps the highest upside. Laine was drafted 2nd overall in the 2016 NHL Amateur Draft and he did not disappoint in his rookie season. Laine is a big, powerful forward with a goal-scorers touch. Laine's size and physicality allowed him to play immediately after his draft year. Last season he finished with 36 goals and was named to the All-Star team. Marc Scheifele is one of the most underrated goal scorers in the entire National Hockey League. Scheifele had a breakout season last year leading the Jets in scoring with 82 points in 79 games played. Both Blake Wheeler and Jacob Trouba have developed into above-average NHL players. Wheeler will return for his second year as team captain and Trouba will lead the Jets' first pair defense. In the offseason, the Jets signed goalie Steve Mason to a two-year deal. Mason brings veteran experience and has a winning pedigree in the NHL. The Winnipeg Jets have invested in a long-term approach to player development and it is starting to pay off. The Jets are an exciting young team to watch and they should certainly compete among the Western Conference elite in 2017-18.