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.
August 10 2015 10:28AM
Goaltenders are voodoo.
It's a saying said so often and for so long that no one seems sure of the origin anymore. With any goalie prospect, it becomes really hard to project ceiling and probability.
Still, this far back on the list the lines become hazy. There is an argument to be made to swap the order of any the late ranked prospects and some of the players that just missed.
We here at Jets Nation decided to swing for the fences and go for Jamie Phillips, a netminder going into his senior year at Michigan Tech and looking to make a run after a breakout season.
He kicks off our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #20.
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August 07 2015 07:00AM
Babcock getting van Riemsdyk to the next level, Canucks dishing out dollars, World Junior showcase, Flames trimming the fat, Oilers reliving the Pronger trade, Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, free agency and more in this week's Roundup.
August 06 2015 12:18PM
The Red Deer Rebels are hosting this year's Memorial Cup.
The tournament features the champions from each CHL league facing off, but also automatically includes the host team as well. Because of this factor, we often see host teams load up on talent for that year.
One player that the Rebels targeted was the Winnipeg Jets fourth round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Michael Spacek.