August 13 2015 10:44AM
In the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, three Portland Winterhawks' forwards were drafted in the third round. All three were 6'1 to 6'2 with between 30 to 40 points in 60 to 70 games. Then in the fourth round the Jets drafted 5'10 Chase De Leo from the very same team.
While no one knows for sure whether or not the Jets had De Leo ahead of the other three Hawks, we do know the Jets liked the small, skilled forward enough to take him at 99th overall. Maybe the Jets understood that the better player despite being smaller is still the better player.
We continue our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #17.
August 12 2015 02:33PM
InGoal Magazine is one of the world's premier locations for goaltender information. While The Hockey News recently produced their own future goaltenders list, InGoal is one trusted most when it comes to the cutting edge of goaltender scouting, development, and analysis.
Greg Balloch released his top 50 goaltender prospect lists for the magazine, with all three of the Jets eligible prospects making the cut.
We highly recommend you check out the article for yourself, but here are some of our own thoughts.
August 12 2015 10:41AM
The centre turned right winger Jimmy Lodge is a player that displays a tonne of offensive skill but has struggled to score at the rates many have hoped of him.
The young playmaking forward was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets as part of their highly touted 2015 draft class, which includes the likes of seven players in our top 20 list (and two that could have been argued to be included).
We continue our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #18.
August 11 2015 11:00AM
While reviews on Kevin Cheveldayoff can be described as mixed at best, the General Manager of the Winnipeg Jets has a few accomplishments under his belt.
He's done exactly what he said he would do, and that is build on the Jets core that existed from the Atlanta Thrashers through the draft.
It was risky, but Cheveldayoff looks to be improving the Jets NHL roster while also improving the prospect cupboard.
Usually the two are considered inverses of the other. Still, the Jets set franchise records last year in their second appearance in the playoffs, all while building up one of the most competitive prospect group in the NHL.
ESPN's prospect guru Corey Pronman ranks Jets sixth (warning: paywall) in the NHL, after being seventh the year prior.
August 11 2015 10:10AM
Most experts argue that the Winnipeg Jets have one of, if not the, deepest prospect pools in the NHL.
Yet here we are talking about a seventh round pick. Not just any seventh round pick, but one from the recent 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Sami Niku is an offensively gifted left hand shot defenseman playing against grown men in Europe. He moves the puck well against top competition and has a tonne of upside.
We continue our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #19.