July 02 2013 04:52PM
Excusez-moi pour le retard. Even while I'm in Paris (France, not Texas), I can't help but be excited for the Jets draft. Round 4 continued a name-brand draft of skaters who had fallen more than they should have as the Jets shook off years of trying to outsmart the scouting community at large, and fishing at lesser known fishing holes (that netted them one of the worst drafting records of the past decade). First, at 104, the Jets took Andrew Copp - an over-age centre at the University of Michigan and a natural athlete with a limited scouting report prior to this year. Ten picks later, the Jets took Rimouski defenceman Jan Kostalek who was ranked in preliminary rankings as highly as 25 (The Scouting Report) but fell rapidly due to scoring concerns in his first North American season. Both players represent incredible value for a 4th round selection, and below we will talk about why.
July 01 2013 09:13AM
J.C. Lipon, RW, Kamloops Blazers
- 6;0', 181
- Shoots Right
- 61GP, 36G, 53A, 89 Points
- NHL Comparables - Chris Kunitz
- NOTE - Overager. Turns 20 July 10th.
Looks like I'll have to tone down the Cheveldayoff hate. With a Draft haul at this point already consisting of Josh Morrissey, Nic Petan, Eric Comrie, and Jimmy Lodge, the Jets go out and drafted Wolrd Junior Team Canada alumnus, and overager, JC Lipon with the 91st overall pick of the draft. Not too shabby.
July 01 2013 08:29AM
James Lodge, C/RW, Saginaw Spirit OHL
- 6'2, 165LBS....on one site. 6' on another. Let's say 6'2.
- Shoots Right
- 64GP; 28G, 39A - 67Points.
- NHL Comprable: "poor man's Patrick Kane".
Well, well, well, looks like Kevin Cheveldayoff and the boys may have made a great pick here. My first thought when I saw James Lodge was "sounds like nice accomdations to stay in the woods one day". Never heard of him. Luckily, Google exists, and I was able to get a closer look at the Jets first 3rd Round Pick of the 2013 Draft.
June 30 2013 07:22PM
Eric Comrie, G, Tri-City Americans
- 6', 170lbs
- Glove left
- 37GP 2.62 GAA, .915 SV%
- Good-Better-Best Case Comps: Dan Ellis - Martin Biron - Carey Price
In a shallow year for goalies, Eric Comrie made CSS's list as the 2nd ranked North American goalie. His potential is high end and his "compete level" (the English language is melting) is frequently celebrated. Still, the story of his season is an oft-mentioned hip injury that eventually ended his season in February. Impressively, Comrie was a 16 year old starter for Tri-City, however his .900sv% as a 16 year old is not as impressive. Comrie is under-sized for NHL duty, and though he's often compared to Carey Price, lacks both the height and thickness to play a calm hybrid style in the professional leagues. Comrie is a name-brand selection due to his high CSS ranking, and his potential lies in his agility and ability to read the play. Can he turn into a Jonathan Quick or Tim Thomas style tender to overcome his size challenge?
June 30 2013 06:06PM
Photo by clydeorama
Unbelievably, the Jets made a trade at the draft!
Michael Frolik, LW
- 1988 Birthday (25 years old)
- 6'1", 198lbs
- Career stats: 349GP 61-90-151
- $2.33M for one more year, RFA rights subsequent
Frolik had an unusual season, scoring 10 points in 45 regular season games, and another 10 points in 23 playoff games. The best season of his career was his rookie season. He scored 127 of his 151 career regular season points with the Panthers in his first 3 seasons, but since being traded to Chicago, his role has been more defensive and the scoring has dried up. He was a 10th overall pick back in 2006, and was acquired for a 3rd (74) and 5th (134) this year. He's an NHL quality player coming to a team without a full compliment of them.