May 18 2016 06:00AM
The Jets need for a true left-handed defensemen has became increasingly evident over the last few years. With Jacob Trouba playing on his off wing far too often and with the abilities of Toby Enstrom deteriorating, it's clear that the Jets need to make an upgrade on their left side defense.
While Kevin Cheveldayoff may not be the most active of general managers on the trade market, he has lots to play around with if he desires to explore a deal for a defenseman. Drafting and developing has been the blueprint of this franchise since day one. While sticking to that plan, the Jets have acquired loads of assets that have assembled one of the leagues best prospect groups.
The reality is, the Jets can't hold on to all of there prospects. There isn't enough spots for all the youngsters to crack the roster and because of that certain prospects could become expandable. Winnipeg has a flurry of draft picks, prospects and other valuable pieces that they could use to muster up a package to land a left handed defenseman.
Obviously, you can never have enough prospects and picks. But with the Jets roster looking to be much more competitive next year, they'll be looking to take a step forward. Before that can happen, they'll have to figure out what to do on the left side of the blue line.
May 17 2016 08:00AM
Kale Clague comes in at #36 on the Nation Network's top 60 2016 draft eligible prospects. Playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings, Clague is hailed as a two-way defenseman with a high level of skill and good ability to skate.
Let's take a look at what he brings to the table.
May 16 2016 08:00AM
A player who has been flirting with first-round bona fides, but ultimately comes in as 37th overall ranked player in our consensus rankings, is Edmonton native and Regina Pats centre Sam Steel.
Regarded as a smaller and shiftier centre, who possesses elite playmaking abilities and hockey sense. If Steel is still available in the early parts of the second round, I won't be surprised to hear of a few teams looking to trade up to select the young pivot.
May 15 2016 03:21PM
Nothing is certain. The Winnipeg Jets own the second overall pick, but none of us know for sure if the Jets will indeed keep that pick or select Patrick Laine on June 24th.
That said, according to most consensus the Jets are most likely taking the big, goal-scoring winger and here are some highlights of Laine's career.
May 15 2016 08:00AM