Mark Chipman: Co-owner, revered in Winnipeg, and as competitive as any of the players. His personality will drive them.
Kevin Cheveldayoff: First-time general manager. If the team has any promise, he will be chasing scorers; if it founders, he’ll be expected to act.
Claude Noel: Chatty coach kept under serious wraps. New to the NHL. Bright, inventive. Would be first to be blamed if matters go wrong.
Dustin Byfuglien: Giant on defence, maybe. The big man’s passion for doing as he pleases will drive Noel nuts, so he could end up at forward. He has legal issues hanging over his head.
Zach Bogosian: The 21-year-old defenceman was drafted right behind Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty in 2008. They’ve more than lived up to their promise. He hasn’t. Can he?
Mark Scheifele: The darling of Winnipeg is only 18. He will begin his real test Sunday. If he lasts nine games, he will likely last all season. If not, back to junior.
Evander Kane: Swift, strong – 19 goals last year expected to be 30 this year. The Thrashers couldn’t score. The Jets need this 20-year-old to soar.
Andrew Ladd: The much admired captain. He led the team with 59 points last year. If 59 is tops this year, his team is in trouble.
Bryan Little: He can scoot, good hands, good head, but needs to score more than the 18 goals of last season.
Ondrej Pavelec and Chris Mason: Does it even need to be said? So goes the goaltending, so goes the team.