The Winnipeg Jets will start their 2013 campaign at home against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, Jan. 19. The game will be broadcast on CBC. The Jets then head on the road and will face a tough opponent in the Boston Bruins on Monday.
The Team Formerly Known As The Atlanta Thrashers had a respectable first season in Canada.
They didn't make the playoffs, but the season was nevertheless a showcase for some excellent roster players. Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Dustin Byfuglien was reborn as an offensive defenceman and former Bruins prospect Blake Wheeler emerged as a top-line talent.
The decision to draft projected second-rounder Mark Scheifele in the first round of the 2011 NHL draft was a questionable. But the centre has proven naysayers wrong by scoring 63 points in 47 games for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.
Scheifele may prove to be a cornerstone piece of a successful future franchise that has plenty of hope in it already. Will he make the team this season?
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<a href="http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/index.htm">The Montreal Canadiens</a> will kick off their 2013 season at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 19. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
<a href="http://senators.nhl.com/">The Ottawa Senators</a> travel to Winnipeg to take on the Jets to start their season on Jan. 19. The Senators home opener will be on Monday against the Florida Panthers. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Toronto Maple Leafs
<a href="http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/">The Toronto Maple Leafs</a> face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 19. Their homeopener will be against the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 21. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
<a href="http://jets.nhl.com/">The Winnipeg Jets</a> will play the Ottawa Senators to kick off their 2013 season on Jan. 19. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
<a href="http://flames.nhl.com/">The Calgary Flames</a> will face the San Jose Sharks at home on Sun. Jan. 20 to start their 2013 season.(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
<a href="http://oilers.nhl.com/">The Edmonton Oilers</a> will start their season on Sun. Jan. 20 in Vancouver against the Canucks. The Oilers return home on Tue. Jan. 22 to face the San Jose Sharks. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
The <a href="http://canucks.nhl.com/">Vancouver Canucks</a> will start their 2013 season on Saturday Jan. 19 against the Anaheim Ducks. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)