Jets Have Assets To Land LHD They Need

Jacob Stoller
May 18 2016 06:00AM

The Jets need for a true left-handed defensemen has became increasingly evident over the last few years. With Jacob Trouba playing on his off wing far too often and with the abilities of Toby Enstrom deteriorating, it's clear that the Jets need to make an upgrade on their left side defense. 

While Kevin Cheveldayoff may not be the most active of general managers on the trade market, he has lots to play around with if he desires to explore a deal for a defenseman. Drafting and developing has been the blueprint of this franchise since day one. While sticking to that plan, the Jets have acquired loads of assets that have assembled one of the leagues best prospect groups. 

The reality is, the Jets can't hold on to all of there prospects. There isn't enough spots for all the youngsters to crack the roster and because of that certain prospects could become expandable. Winnipeg has a flurry of draft picks, prospects and other valuable pieces that they could use to muster up a package to land a left handed defenseman. 

Obviously, you can never have enough prospects and picks. But with the Jets roster looking to be much more competitive next year, they'll be looking to take a step forward. Before that can happen, they'll have to figure out what to do on the left side of the blue line.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #36 Kale Clague

Cammers
May 17 2016 08:00AM

Kale Clague comes in at #36 on the Nation Network's top 60 2016 draft eligible prospects. Playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings, Clague is hailed as a two-way defenseman with a high level of skill and good ability to skate. 

Let's take a look at what he brings to the table.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #37 Sam Steel

Ryan Biech
May 16 2016 08:00AM

A player who has been flirting with first-round bona fides, but ultimately comes in as 37th overall ranked player in our consensus rankings, is Edmonton native and Regina Pats centre Sam Steel.

Regarded as a smaller and shiftier centre, who possesses elite playmaking abilities and hockey sense. If Steel is still available in the early parts of the second round, I won't be surprised to hear of a few teams looking to trade up to select the young pivot.

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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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