August 19 2015 10:28AM
It is amazing how quickly opinions can change on a prospect. Just last summer, many fans were excited for the Winnipeg Jets addition of Brenden Kichton.
The right-handed shot defender offensive defender was drafted by the Jets in 2013 as a 20-year-old and re-draft entry after the New York Islanders failed to sign Kicthon to an entry level contract. Kichton went on to dominating the AHL, scoring most assists by a rookie and earning All-Rookie Team and All-Star Team nods.
Last year though the St. John's IceCaps struggled, and with it went the opinions on many of the Jets AHL prospects.
We continue our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #13.
August 19 2015 09:17AM
At the tail end of 2014-15, Ondrej Pavelec began a torrid stretch of excellent play, powering the Jets to the post-season. But was this enough to solidify his position as the team's starter next season? Or is Michael Hutchinson ready to step in as the new starter for 2015-16?
August 18 2015 11:49AM
The right-handed shot defender Jan Kostalek is not the prototypical shutdown defender. At 6'1 and 196 lbs, he won't over power many forwards in battles and is not the largest net-clearing presence.
He is however an extremely effective shutdown defender. Kostalek uses his high-end hockey IQ and skating to gain control of the puck and move possession out of the defensive as soon as possible.
We continue our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #14.
August 17 2015 09:01AM
Our 16th ranked prospect was a gritty, scrappy, young winger who likes to set up goals. Scott Kosmachuk is a gritty, scrappy, young winger who likes to score goals.
We continue our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #15.
August 17 2015 08:02AM
The first five profiles in our prospect series have been completed.
Continue past the jump as we highlight numbers 20 through 16.