Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd has won the Stanley Cup twice, which means he's doubly aware of how important a team's ability to overcome adversity such as slumps, injuries or in-season trades is in regards to sustaining success.
Ladd saw the Jets develop that ability last season, when they made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the franchise moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011. It's a big reason why Ladd is so optimistic heading into this season.
Yes, the Jets lost in four games to the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round, but it's how they got there in the first place that has their captain thinking better days are ahead.
"There is the obvious disappointment of feeling we could have done more, but then you sit back and look at the stuff we overcame," said Ladd, who won the Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. "Whether it was having your top four D-men out and we held things together, and then the Evander Kane situation, to lose one of our top six forwards, bring new guys in, we never seemed to miss a beat. We kept going. I think that's the biggest takeaway, how we dealt with that adversity and now knowing we can overcome those things."