With the recent news that Winnipeg had re-acquired their 20th pick in the 2019 draft from the New York Rangers in a trade that involved defensemen Jacob Trouba and Neal Pionk, the scouting and management team are no doubt in a flurry to determine the Jets’ first round pick this year. Around this range in previous years the Jets have drafted Kristian Vesalainen (24) in 2017, Logan Stanley (18) in 2016, and both Kyle Connor (17) and Jack Roslovic (25) in 2015. Let’s jump in and take a look at a few guys who could be available and worth considering:
Date of Birth: Sept 25, 2000
Birthplace: Montreal, CAN
If there’s one thing that’s for certain Winnipeg loves big, fast players and Lavoie certainly meets that description coming in at six foot four inches tall. Lavoie unfortunately also meets other not so pleasant habit: inconsistency. When he’s having a great game it shows, he makes great plays and seems nearly unstoppable, however scouting reports have noted that he lacks consistency. The good news is he’s still young and has plenty of time to grow as a player.
Why you should like Raphael Lavoie:
- Heavy shot with a quick release
- Drives pucks to the net
What The Scouts Say:
“A puck-possessing machine with speed, size, and great awareness in the offensive zone. He owns an excellent shot, both for its quick release and also for its velocity, and Lavoie’s penchant for creating his own chances expands the ice for his linemates. He is a controlled and patient stick-handler who looks to incorporate the rest of his teammates into every cycle, and his keen vision and pass accuracy in tight spaces or off the rush allows him to play the role of playmaker. Lavoie is an excellent skater with above-average straight line speed and enough agility to weave around or fake opponents out of position. He is extremely strong on his skates and can maintain puck possession under physical pressure, using his long reach and wide stance to shield the puck. He can play center or wing, although he looks more comfortable on the wing.”
– Steve Kourianos
Date of Birth: April 6, 2001
Birthplace: Zell (Mosel), GER
While this German born defenseman is certainly not nearly as flashy as those who will be drafted earlier like Bowen Byram, Seider will still stand out as a well rounded defenseman who’s already got a full season of experience playing in a men’s league playing for Adler Mannheim in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), and won the league’s rookie of the year award. Moritz has the size and skills that Winnipeg would go after and a toolbox that could allow him to become a top-pairing defenseman in a few years. He will need to continue working on his puck skills and the offensive side of his game in order to find success in the NHL, but he’s overall a low risk and high reward pick.
Why you should like Moritz Seider:
- Skating skills
- Decision making
- Great skater
- Has the potential to make it into the NHL faster than other defenseman in this range
What the scouts say:
“Mobile right-shot defender with good instincts and a projectable frame. A little rough around the edges, but that doesn’t hide his massive upside. An athletic piece of clay just waiting to be moulded into a work of art.”
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Date of Birth: July 8, 2001
Birthplace: Excelsior, USA
If you love Scheifele for his hockey IQ and hockey nerd tendencies, then you might be interested in Bobby Brink. He’s a high skill player and has one of the best shots in this year’s draft class. Combine that with elite play-making abilities and stick handling, and you’ve got a very interesting addition to the Jets roster in a few years. 2018-2019 was a great season for Brink, earning him a bronze medal in the U18 World Championships, a slot on the first USHL All-Star team as well as being named the league’s forward of the year.
Brink’s size and the fact that he will need more time to develop is what could ultimately make the Jets look the other way. Not to mention, his skating has been noted by many as awkward and a bit slow, with his size being a factor at 5’8″ he will absolutely have to work on his skating skills, otherwise he will get plowed over by some of the man-beasts of the league. All things considered, Brink is still worth a look for the amount of skill and creativity he has. If the Jets are willing to be patient with Brink while he fills out and develops some of his weaker points, he could be the perfect kid for future captain Scheifele to take under his wing and be hockey nerds with.
Why you should like Bobby Brink:
- Hockey IQ
- Wrist shot accuracy
- Deadly release
- Great defensive game
What scouts say:
“After feasting on the USHL competition this season, Brink was the lone non-NTDP addition to the American squad that the World U18 Championships. He’s looked dangerous alongside Matt Boldy and Alex Turcotte at even strength. Brink finds soft spaces and makes the opposition pay in a hurry. Can read the play quicker than most and boasts the vision and release to act as a dual threat. An elite brain. On the flip side, he owns an ugly stride that lacks quickness or impressive top-end speed. He’ll need to place immense focus on that skill or risks falling behind when he levels up to the professional ranks. He’s off to the University of Denver in the fall.”
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Date of Birth: July 28th, 2001
Birthplace: Mississauga, CAN
While it’s unlikely that Tomasino will still be available by the time the Jets’ get to pick, he is very much one of those players that you grab if he’s still on the table. The words “explosive”, “infectious energy” and “electric” get thrown around in several scouting reports and after watching a few videos on him it’s very easy to fall in love with this guy. His size, speed and desire to go full throttle make him a really solid pick at twenty. Wherever Tomasino ends up, there is little doubt that he’ll become an impact player and acquiring him out of the Trouba trade would certainly make that hurt a little less.
Why you should like Phillip Tomasino:
- Skating ability
- Puck control
What scouts say:
“Tomasino is a speedy, high-energy player. His engine never quits and he seems to play harder when the opposition has possession. Tomasino is a quick player and keeps his feet moving, even when he has the puck. He can play a physical game, throwing hits to create turnovers or shoulder his way past a defender. His puck possession skills are impressive as the combination of his skills and tenacity lend to solid possession ability. He has a quick release and accurate shot but is equally capable of shooting or creating scoring chances for teammates. Tomasino plays a game that I can see being successful at the NHL level after he has fully developed in time. His ability to force turnovers and steal the puck and ability to produce offence reminds me of Mark Stone.”
Peter Harling DobberProspects
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