Future Plans: Oct. 27, 2014

No matter how good or poor a team is playing, fans always
seem to be concerned about a team’s prospect list and who will be the next
player to make a difference on the team. The Jets’ faithful are no different

Future Plan will be a bi-weekly countdown blog about
Winnipeg Jets prospects and how the future Jets are doing on their respective
teams.

Below is a list of Winnipeg’s top 10 prospects, and
reasons that they are positioned where they are on the list.

NOTE: I consider a Jets prospect to be any player whose
rights are owned by the Jets and have not yet played 50 games in the NHL.

Without further ado, lets get started.

#10: Eric Comrie – G, Tri-City Americans (WHL) [Last
Ranking: Unranked]

One of two second round picks for the Jets in 2013, Comrie has had a modest
start to the 2014-15 season. He has six wins in 11 games and has posted a 2.53
GAA, which is a career high for the young netminder.

#9: Eric O’Dell – C, St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) [Last
Ranking: Unranked]

One of the older prospects on our list, O’Dell has contributed to St. John’s
offence as they look to return to the Calder Cup finals for a second straight
year. The 24-year-old has two goals and three assists in seven games and is
expected to be a call up often to the Jets after playing 30 games in the NHL
last season.

#8: Scott Kosmachuk – RW, St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) [Last
Ranking: Unranked]

The lone right winger on the list, Kosmachuk is playing his first season of pro
hockey in the AHL. Scott is looking to build off his 101-point season in Guelph
last season, which included a trip to the Memorial Cup finals. In eight games
this season, the 20-year-old has two goals and 10 PIMs.

#7: Connor Hellebuyck – G, St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) [Last
Ranking: Unranked]

The second goalie on our list is the lone netminder with a win for the IceCaps
this season. So far he has a record of 3-1-1 in his first professional season.
He is also the owner of a 2.38 GAA and a 0.926 SV% so far this season.

#6: Andrew Copp – C, U. of Michigan Wolverines (NCAA)
[Last Ranking: Unranked]

The young centreman is looking to build off of a 29 point season last year in
his third season with the Wolverines. So far he has just two assists in five
games this year, but that is no reason to doubt this 20-year-old.

#5: J.C. Lipon – C, St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) [Last
Ranking: Unranked]

A gritty forward in his second professional season with the IceCaps has picked
up right where he left off last year. Lipon has 16 PIMs in nine games along
with four points to start the young 2014-15 season. What excites me most about
Lipon is he has been 100+ PIMs consistently in his career and has contributed
offensively as well.

#4: Nicolas Petan – C, Portland Winterhawks (WHL) [Last
Ranking: Unranked]

Petan has been on a tear in the WHL for the past two seasons, putting up 100+
points in back to back years as a 17 and 18-year-old. Now in his 19-year-old
season, Petan hasn’t shown any signs of letting up this year scoring just one
goal but adding 10 helpers in nine games this season. The Winterhawks have
struggled early on this season, but Petan has not.

#3: Carl Klingberg – LW, St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) [Last
Ranking: Unranked]

Despite playing in just 10 NHL games, Klingberg strikes me as the NHL ready of
all Jets prospects. He has enjoyed a strong start to his season scoring two
goals and adding five assists in his first seven games. I wouldn’t be surprised
if we see Klingberg playing in Winnipeg at some point this season.

#2: Josh Morrissey – D, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) [Last
Ranking: Unranked]

The lone rearguard on my list, is still one of Winnipeg’s brightest young
talents that everyone is keeping their eyes on. His speed, puck movement and
ice vision are all strong assets to this young d-man’s skillset. So far this
season, Morrissey has two goals and three assists in P.A., but we can expect
those numbers to climb I like most Jets fans cannot wait for the day he and
Trouba are paired up together playing for the Jets.

#1: Nikolaj Ehlers – LW, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) [Last
Ranking: Unranked]

Winnipeg’s top pick in this years draft is the Jet’s most interesting prospect
in my opinion. Ehlers has all the skill in the world and his eight points in
eight games proves that, but his physical game will have to improve if he ever
hopes to make it to the NHL. Now I’m not saying he has to go out and make a
huge hit in every shift he plays, but he will definitely have to get tougher on
his feet as he continues to grow into a bonafide NHL star.

SUMMARY

  • Whose In: none
  • Whose Out: none
  • Total Goaltenders: 2
  • Total Defenceman: 1
  • Total Centremen: 4
  • Total Wingers: 3

  • X

    Ehlers looked plenty physical against NHL-sized men in the preseason games that I saw him in, I am not too concerned about that element of his game.

    I understand the Ehlers looks like a future superstar right now but I’d have Morrissey at #1, he proved last spring that he could play the game at a high level in the AHL against good AHL teams. He’s an immense talent and as close as you can get to a safe bet to be an impact NHLer for a kid still in juniors.

    I think you are a little too excited about JC, I love the kid but he’s a 3rd liner at the most and that would be a real big stretch. O’Dell will deliver far more offence and do more for a team further up the lineup as required than JC. And frankly the PIMs ain’t much to crow about, he engaged in some serious silliness in the preseason.

  • X

    Pre-season is silly season period. Lipon’s PIMs in this season have always been for a purpose. The other night someone took a cheap shot at a team mate and he was the first guy there. I like that in him, as for offensive upside, he is one of the top playmakers on the caps right now and I think we will see his numbers rise. 42 pts in his first year of pro is not to shabby. Odell has 3 years on JC. Time will tell.

  • X

    Yeah, Lippy’s got more room to grow, I love the kid and I hope he greatly exceeds my expectations. I think he would have been better served in the preseason showing his hockey talent, everyone knows he’s a pest already. The Cap’s are not vet-heavy this year, I am excited to see all the kids get heavy minutes.

    O’Dell should be up with the big club right now in place of some of the slugs at the bottom of the lineup though, as far as I am concerned he is NHL-ready.