June 07 2016 09:34AM
At 15th in the Nation Network draft rankings we have one of the most interesting prospects of the 2016 class, Logan Brown.
Brown's upside is obvious: he's a 6'6 centre who put up 74 points in 59 games in the OHL this season. On paper, he sounds like a certain top-ten pick. But he has been dogged by questions of consistency, effort, and play away from the puck. Some of those issues were addressed over the course of the season, and Brown shot upwards in many draft rankings as a result.
The possibility of drafting a big number one centre outside of the top five won't be taken lightly by teams. But will GM's be eager to use valuable early first-round picks on a player with Brown's question marks? He might have the most uncertainty of any first-rounder in this draft -- he could feasibly be drafted anywhere between the number 6 and number 20 slots.
June 06 2016 01:28PM
There has been some talk out there about Jacob Trouba not developing as one would hope, or that he has failed to live up to his rookie season hype. This could not be further from the truth.
Some of this has been driven by a Trouba's point totals falling or him playing a less visually-noticeable dynamic game, while another part may come from his permanent role in Mark Stuart babysitting hurting him.
Let's take a look into how Jacob Trouba has slowly grown into one of the more effective two-way defenders in the NHL.
June 06 2016 11:07AM
The Winnipeg Jets missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons since the move to Manitoba, and the 14th time over 16 seasons over franchise history. The season does not end for us though at Jets Nation.
Welcome to our series where we take an analytical approach, dissecting what went wrong with the Jets 2015-2016 season and how to improve the team for next year.
We turn our evidence-based breakdown of the Jets with Adam Lowry's 2015-2016 season.
June 06 2016 09:44AM
Two of the Jets most promising players are due for a raise this offseason. Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba's entry level contract's are set to expire and there is lots of decision making to be had with the two restricted free agents. Will the Jets lock both for the long term? What could each player demand with term and dollar? Could one of the two be on it's way out of Winnipeg?
Let's break it down.
June 06 2016 08:00AM
Though Julien Gauthier entered this season hot off the heels of a point-plus-per-game rookie season in the QMJHL and a presumptive spot in the top ten of this year's entry draft, his star has fallen to the middle of the first-round by most accounts. The Nation Network's consensus aligns closely with that assessment, as Gauthier checks in at 16th by our reckoning.
Part of the trepidation is production related. Though Gauthier had shown proficiency as a playmaker in his two QMJHL seasons prior, he was infamously dubbed this year's Cy Young winner for his lofty imbalance of goals to assists, with his 41 goals met by a paltry 16 helpers. Given that Gauthier posted a 38 goal, 35 assist season the year prior, that represents a sizeable step back no matter the context.
Gauthier's physical toolkit is rivalled by few in this class, though, and that's what's kept him in the conversation as a high first-round selection. His combination of size, speed, power and offensive instincts make him a handful for defenders -- more often than not they're left in his wake or bowled over entirely. We'll try to make sense of the disconnect between his tools and production as we break down Gauthier and his long-term prospects of developing into a bona fide NHL forward.