Late Round Draft Picks Are Vital For Jets To Succeed

Jeremy Wiebe
June 24 2015 09:00AM

If you're looking for a mock draft or a feature on a prospective first round pick, I'm sorry to disappoint you. I'm terrible at mock drafts so I won't even attempt at predicting what the NHL draft will look like. Yes, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel will be the top two picks. After that, anything can happen. Also, there are enough profiles on prospects out there. (Read Garret Hohl's draft prospect profiles. They're very good.)

This is about the the growing importance of the later rounds of the NHL entry draft and how it affects the Jets.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #11 Evgeni Svechnikov

money puck
June 23 2015 06:30PM

Evgeni Svechnikov has steadily risen on the draft boards thanks to a spectacular rookie year with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. He's a tantalizing package of size and high end offensive skill with legitimate first line potential. 

Continue past the jump to learn about one this drafts best power forward prospects. 

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #12 Anthony Beauvillier

Rhys Jessop
June 23 2015 04:32PM

If you're a regular consumer of our draft stuff at Canucks Army, you will probably be familiar with the name "Anthony Beauvillier" by now. We've covered the talented QMJHL pivot in the past, and while he may be flying under the radar a bit in 2015, we think he's truly one of the most talented players available in the 1997 age group.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #13 Oliver Kylington

money puck
June 23 2015 02:54PM

Oliver Kylington is one of the most interesting draft stories of the year, and quite possibly one of the toughest players for teams to project in the first round. In 2013-14, he played with Farjestad in the SHL - only the second defensemen in league history to play full time in the SHL at that age. The last defensemen to do so was Calle Johansson, a 17 year NHL veteran who played mainly with the Washington Capitals. 

While it looked like Kylington would be a slam dunk top 10 pick, and potentially top 5 if he continued on the trajectory he appeared to be on, his 2014-15 season raised a ton of questions, and many scouts project he could slip out of the first round entirely. 

After the jump, I'll try to tackle one of the biggest questions of the 2015 draft: "What is Oliver Kylington?"

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Grading Kevin Cheveldayoff's entry drafts using PCS: Winnipeg Jets 2011 Draft

Garret Hohl
June 23 2015 12:15PM

PCS is still in its infancy. You could think of it as being in its "alpha-testing" stage. There are some issues and also some quantitative factors that could be (and eventually will be) added into the model.

Still PCS offers some interesting insight on how players who are of similar age, height, and scoring in the same league did in making the NHL.

With the draft nearing we thought we'd break down Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets previous draft selections and how they did relative to what was immediately available.

We start our series with the Jets first go at the draft, the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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