Cheveldayoff's glass half-full

Kevin Cheveldayoff is more interested in talking about the positives than the negatives.

Ask the general manager what one thing his Winnipeg Jets need to do to improve, and he’d rather discuss the so-so seasons of two of his young players.

“Everyone wants to focus on the things that need to get better, but there’s some great stories here of guys that have played very, very well,” Cheveldayoff said, opting to take the glass half full approach when, in fact, there’s a big crack in the bottom of the cup and liquid is gushing out. “That’s what we need to keep the eye on and keep focusing on.

“Evander (Kane) was on a great pace there. There were points in time when he was obviously doing some great things. He hit a little bit of a slump, and now he’s injured. But the fact that for that period of time that he started to mature into a player that we hoped he could become in the future, that’s a very positive thing.

“Buff (Dustin Byfuglien), everybody looked at him and kind of looked at his start, but then if you sit back and you look at his numbers, he’s essentially on the same pace as he was last year. You look at Pav (Ondrej Pavelec) and you look what Pav has done. You look at what Mase (Chris Mason) has done. There’s a lot of positive things there that we as Jets and Jets fans need to focus on.”

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