Jets Draft 2013: James (Jimmy) Lodge 84th Overall

Brett Martin
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.

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Jets Draft: Eric Comrie 59th Overall

Kevin McCartney
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?

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Jets Draft: Jets Acquire Michael Frolik for Picks

Kevin McCartney
June 30 2013 06:06PM

 

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Unbelievably, the Jets made a trade at the draft!

Michael Frolik, LW

  • 1988 Birthday (25 years old)
  • 6'1", 198lbs
  • LH
  • 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.

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Jets Draft: Nic Petan 43rd Overall

Kevin McCartney
June 30 2013 05:16PM

Nic Petan, C, Portland Winterhawks

  • 5'8", 165lbs
  • LH
  • 71GP 46-74-120 (+68) 43PIMS
  • Good-Better-Best comps: Brett Sterling - Nathan Gerbe - Martin St Louis

The Jets broke with their annual tradition of trying to outsmart the scouting community by scooping the highly rated, under-sized scorer Nic Petan. Petan tied with teammate and similarly under-sized Nashville prospect Brendan Leipsic for the scoring lead of the entire WHL with an incredible 120 points this year. The highest scoring non-Winterhawk was a full 14 points back of Petan's point total. For the Jets who are in such need of high end talent, the risk that Petan fails to translate his game in the bigger, faster professional leagues is secondary to the potential reward of having a top-6 forward come from the middle of the second round.

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Jets Draft: Josh Morrissey at 13th Overall

Kevin McCartney
June 30 2013 02:49PM

Josh Morrissey, D, Prince Albert Raiders

  • 6', 186lbs
  • Left Handed
  • 70GP 15-32-47 (+14)
  • Good-Better-Best Comps: Andrew McDonald - Jonas Brodin - Tobias Enstrom

With 13th overall, the Jets decided to reach again this year, taking offense-first defenceman Josh Morrissey. Kevin Cheveldayoff has shown his desire for mobility on the back end, but given the strong need for impact players in the near future, and the need for young skilled forwards throughout the lineup, the under-developed rearguard has to be considered a strange decision.

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