Jets close to making deep playoff runs, having dynasty, Hellebuyck says

Hellebuyck had a 2.23 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in eight playoff games.

My mindset is right now, and next year I’m going to say the same thing.

The Jets continue to rebuild at defenseman, a project that began after Dustin Byfuglien retired before the 2019-20 season.

“You can see the pieces coming in, they’re making big moves and playing bigger than themselves,” Hellebuyck said.

“You get to the final eight of 31 teams, you’re in the conversation,” the Jets captain said.

“That’s a great step in the right direction, starting with our goaltender and then work it around to some of the guys that are now kind of getting to their mid to late 20s.

“Obviously we didn’t get over the hump and we need to work on, as a whole, being harder to play against, more consistent, but there’s no one quick fix.

They’re the first guys in the rink, the first ones on the ice, the last ones off the ice.

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