Prospect Vids | Patrick Laine career highlights

Anthony Lenting
May 15 2016 03:21PM

Nothing is certain. The Winnipeg Jets own the second overall pick, but none of us know for sure if the Jets will indeed keep that pick or select Patrick Laine on June 24th.

That said, according to most consensus the Jets are most likely taking the big, goal-scoring winger and here are some highlights of Laine's career.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #38 Nathan Bastian

Ryan Biech
May 15 2016 08:00AM

A regular linemate of likely first-round picks Alexander Nylander and Michael McLeod, Nathan Bastian comes in as the 38th ranked prospect for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

A winger by trade, who can also play centre, Bastian is a player who can do it all but still has the offensive upside that will likely see him taken in the early to mid second round. He may even creep into the first round if a team feels that his skill-set are that of an NHL player.

Teams were likely scouting the Steelheads to see what Nylander and McLeod had to offer, but Bastian appears to be the 'safer' pick of the three, as he has the all the tools to make it as a middle six player.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #39 Cam Dineen

AWheeler
May 14 2016 11:07AM

Coming in at #39 we have Cam Dineen, one of a few small(ish) defensemen who may be getting overlooked a little bit heading into the draft.

After the jump we'll take a look at one of the most statistically impressive defenders coming out of the OHL this season.

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Marko Dano Back in Action With Slovakia at World Championship

Carol Schram
May 14 2016 09:56AM

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia –Fear not, Jets Nation. Though Marko Dano was injured in the second period of Slovakia’s 5-1 win over France and missed his team’s next game against Germany during preliminary-round play at the World Championship, the slick forward was back on the ice for Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to Belarus.

At practice on Friday, Dano was in fine form as his team prepared for its next game against Canada.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles #40: Libor Hajek

Jeremy Davis
May 13 2016 08:00AM

Libor Hajek

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Among the defencemen projected to be available in the second round is Czech born rearguard Libor Hájek. Hájek has just completed his first season in North America, playing for a rather dreadful Saskatoon Blades team.

Hájek is a defensive defenceman in the modern sense. That is, not a stay-at-home, clear the net type of defender, but one whose reputation is built almost entirely on transitioning the puck out of his own zone rather than in the generation of offence in the opposing zone.

Defencemen of this type are becoming increasingly valuable in the current NHL, where speed and transition are key. While he won't likely be your teams best blueliner, Hájek should be a dependable 2-3 defenceman on a good team.

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