McKenzie: passing on Laine, selecting Puljujarvi with 2nd overall pick 'may be a legit consideration' for Jets
June 23 2016 06:15AM
For months now, even before the NHL draft lottery, the apex of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft order has seemed immutable. Most everyone expects Auston Matthews to go first, then Patrik Laine, then Jesse Puljujarvi.
Hold on though. While Laine remains the consensus pick to go second overall, all it takes to throw a wrench into the expected draft order is for one team to think a bit differently. And the Winnipeg Jets may be that team that thinks a bit differently, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
On Wednesday night McKenzie tweeted that he wasn't "nearly as confident" about Winnipeg "automatically" selecting Patrik Laine with the No. 2 overall pick, as he was about the Toronto Maple Leafs selecting Auston Matthews. Not a huge surprise there. McKenzie's follow up tweet did make it sound like Jets brass is genuinely exploring their options with the second overall pick though:
I am not saying WPG won't take Laine but I am saying, IMO, Jesse Puljujarvi may be a legit consideration at No. 2 for the Jets.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 23, 2016
What should we make of this? Let's unpack it after the jump.
June 22 2016 12:13PM
The London Knights acquired the OHL rights to Jack Roslovic from the Flint Firebirds in exchange for a seventh round pick, and two conditional second round picks. The conditions, of course, are that Roslovic leaves the University of Miami and signs with the Knights.
Jets Nation has been told that nothing is official yet, but Jack Roslovic is as good as gone, and will likely sign to the London Knights sometime after the Jets' development camp (which runs July 2nd-7th).
June 22 2016 10:00AM
Welcome to this week's version of What Would You Do Wednesday where you are asked a question and debate among yourselves what the answer is. Unfortunately, the only prize you will receive will be the most Twitter mentions.
For this week's What Would You Do Wednesday, I am posing the question, would you trade for Pavel Datsyuk's contract?
June 22 2016 08:00AM
Welcome everybody to the 2016 Jets Nation awards where we honor the best from this past 2015-16 Winnipeg Jets season! I am your host Art and tonight for our musical guest, we had briefly thought about bringing in one of the hottest rock or pop acts that all the kids like, but in sticking with the tried and true NHL tradition we settled on bringing in a vaguely familiar rock act from the early 2000’s that did that one song you kind of liked but that doesn’t remind you at all about the sport of hockey, so without further ado, here are.. Unwritten Law!
June 22 2016 08:00AM
We've saved the best for last!
Coming in as the number one ranked player in our consensus 2016 NHL Draft Rankings, is Scottsdale, Arizona native Auston Matthews.
Born two days after the cut-off for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Matthews has been the consensus number one draft eligible player for the entire season. There have been some in the hockey world suggesting that Patrik Laine could go first overall, but it's clear that Matthews is the most complete and well-rounded prospect available and will likely go first overall.