June 20 2016 11:16AM
Rumours have been flying left and right with what the Winnipeg Jets are going to do with Jacob Trouba. This hasn't been an irrational and baseless sequence of speculation, there is lots of uncertainty with Trouba. The restricted free agent has a high ceiling and could become a great defenseman in the league, there isn't much doubt about Trouba's potential. But the Jets are rather loaded with right shot defenseman and because of this, a long term extension might not be logical. If Trouba's sticking point in negotiations is a long term deal, the Jets may have to party ways with their 22 year old defenseman.
Many teams will certainly give Kevin Cheveldayoff a call regarding the young D-man, but one team in particular that has reportedly expressed interest is the Colorado Avalanche. Trade talks have been surrounding two of the teams stars in Matt Duchene and Tyson Barrie but chatter of Barrie being on the move has been silenced with Avs general manager Joe Sakic reiterating that the team won't move Barrie.
This opens the window to speculate if a trade could be had between the two teams involving Duchene and Trouba. Should Kevin Cheveldayoff give Joe Sakic a call about a deal regarding the two?
June 20 2016 08:58AM
The number three ranked prospect of the Nation Network rankings is Finnish forward Jesse Puljujarvi.
Puljujarvi stormed onto the international scene at the World Juniors, where he scored 23 points in 15 games, including a hat trick in the gold medal game. He also put up one of the best 17-year-old seasons ever in the top Finnish league, scoring 28 points in 50 games and leading Karpat in possession, controlling 57.5% of shot attempts.
Puljujarvi is a great skater, with a quick, accurate shot and great playmaking vision. His defensive game is developed well beyond his years, and he uses his 6'4 frame to good effect in positioning and battling for pucks. He will likely step straight onto an NHL roster next season, and could be a difference-maker even as a rookie.
June 19 2016 08:09AM
One day and two years ago, Rhys Jessop (with some input from Josh Weissbock and Cam Lawrence) wrote one of the best prospect articles I have ever read: Jake Virtanen is Good, So Don't Draft Him. In the article Jessop discussed how fans (and ultimately the organization) were making a mistake with their willingness to pass on the better statistical player when trying to use the draft to fill team need. He also also showed the importance of statistical analysis in drafting.
There's a lot of talk out there about the Jets needing to go after a left hand defender, and there has been some I've seen pushing for the big 6'7 defender Logan Stanley.
The Jets, however, would be wise to avoid Stanley at 22 and here is why.
June 18 2016 02:13PM
As we near June 24th, we at Jets Nation will preview the NHL Entry Draft with a look at the Winnipeg Jets' picks, the team's history, some fun potential scenarios, as well as some other related topics.
We turn our series at the media, looking at what some high-profile mock drafts predict of the Jets.
June 18 2016 08:00AM