June 30 2013 05:16PM
Nic Petan, C, Portland Winterhawks
- 5'8", 165lbs
- 71GP 46-74-120 (+68) 43PIMS
- Good-Better-Best comps: Brett Sterling - Nathan Gerbe - Martin St Louis
The Jets broke with their annual tradition of trying to outsmart the scouting community by scooping the highly rated, under-sized scorer Nic Petan. Petan tied with teammate and similarly under-sized Nashville prospect Brendan Leipsic for the scoring lead of the entire WHL with an incredible 120 points this year. The highest scoring non-Winterhawk was a full 14 points back of Petan's point total. For the Jets who are in such need of high end talent, the risk that Petan fails to translate his game in the bigger, faster professional leagues is secondary to the potential reward of having a top-6 forward come from the middle of the second round.
June 30 2013 02:49PM
Josh Morrissey, D, Prince Albert Raiders
- 6', 186lbs
- Left Handed
- 70GP 15-32-47 (+14)
- Good-Better-Best Comps: Andrew McDonald - Jonas Brodin - Tobias Enstrom
With 13th overall, the Jets decided to reach again this year, taking offense-first defenceman Josh Morrissey. Kevin Cheveldayoff has shown his desire for mobility on the back end, but given the strong need for impact players in the near future, and the need for young skilled forwards throughout the lineup, the under-developed rearguard has to be considered a strange decision.
June 30 2013 12:04PM
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Short of running down the clock and letting their pick slide past, Kevin Cheveldayoff and Head Scout Marcel Comeau will be required to do something of note today. Patience has been the buzz word of this management team, 'build from within' its favoured mantra. Today, with 6 picks inside the first 3 rounds of a deep draft, the Jets are an hour away from a critical moment in the future of the franchise.
June 27 2013 04:35PM
Photo by Krazytea (wikicommons)
Every week or two, I have a few thoughts. Most of the league – save the Jets – have started to make off-season moves in anticipation of the draft on Sunday. Trades, buyouts, and rumours galore in this edition of the Extra Attacker. Below is a smattering of my synaptic output.
June 25 2013 08:09AM