Winnipeg Jets select Kyle Connor 17th overall

Thomas Drance
June 26 2015 07:07PM

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With the 17th overall pick at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft the Winnipeg Jets selected Kyle Connor from the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL.

Connor is a heady centre with excellent stick handling skills and plus skating ability. He fits in with Kevin Cheveldayoff's usual high-upside modus operandi, and is among the player most highly regarded by the PCS tool with a 50% success rate and comparables that include Erik Cole, Paul Statsny, Thomas Vanek and Max Pacioretty.

This could be a steal of a pick for the Jets, as many had Connor going much higher in the draft (he was 7th on the Nation Network's draft board). 

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A Graphic Guide to Succeeding at the NHL Draft

Graphic Comments
June 26 2015 01:30PM

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Ah, the NHL draft. A time of anxious anticipation.

But we've got you, er, covered.

To help you budding GMs out there, we at Canucks Army have prepared a handy list of do's and don'ts for a successful draft. Thanks to @joshweissbock and @MoneyPuck_ for help compiling these tips. Ah, who am I kidding. They came up with them, I just added the witty remarks.

But enough foreplay, let's get to the action.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: FINAL RANKINGS

Rhys Jessop
June 26 2015 12:46PM

Draft day is here, and our Prospect Profiles series has now run its course. If you missed any of the players we covered or are just looking for information on a particular player, our entire top-45 countdown with links to each individual profile is after the jump

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #2 Jack Eichel

Ryan Lambert
June 26 2015 11:00AM

We're getting down to the nitty gritty here at the Nation Network draft profiles. In fact, we're down the No. 2 guy on everyone's draft board, and our very last profile. Yup it's Buffalo-bound Jack Eichel, who is largely considered the second- or third-best prospect to come along in the last several years (behind you-know-who this year, and Nathan MacKinnon two years back). 

A lot has been said about Eichel by this point, but here's a run-down.

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Report: Jets, Andrew Ladd engaged in preliminary contract extension talks

Thomas Drance
June 26 2015 10:42AM

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The Winnipeg Jets have engaged team captain Andrew Ladd in contract extension talks, according to a report from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston

Though the negotiations are preliminary in nature, it makes a good deal of sense that Winnipeg would want to keep the 29-year-old power forward in the fold. In addition to his snarly physical game and solid two-way abilities, Ladd is a bona fide top-line winger who has contributed at least 50 points in every season since joining the franchise back in 2010-11. 

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