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Jets Prospect Pool and Draft Prediction

Winnipeg Jets Prospect Pool

Future 1st line/pair/goalie talents:

1) Olli Maatta, D. Has already played 78 pro games in OTHL and has a bright future ahead of him. 
2) Nick Ritchie, LW. Prototypical power forward. Stays on OHL
3) Max Domi, C/LW. Wonderful playmaker with fantastic puckhandling. Will stay on OHL
4) Vitek Vanecek, G. Get a taste of OTHL, but will stay in minors

Future 2nd line/pair/back-up talent:

5) Ryan Murphy, D. 46 OTHL games already, but may need season or two in minors to develop.
6) Brett Pollock, C/LW. Can be an effective power forward in few years, Stays on WHL

Future 3rd line/pair talent:

7) Cody Ceci, D. In his first pro season played 12 OTHL games. Promising two-way dman
8) Frederick Gauthier, C. A very good two-way center, will stay in QMJHL
9) Jason Zucker, W. Has already played two full OTHL seasons, but hasn't reached his potential.
10) Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C/RW, Like Zucker, two years pro but not yet ready for bigger role
11) Johan Gustafsson, G. Big goalie that is technically skilled. Will stay in minors
12) Martin Gernat, D. Lanky slovakian who needs to get couple of years on minors.

What Jets are looking from draft?

Jets may try to pick a sniper or power forward type winger from the first round. There are rumours that Jordan Eberle would be traded, so maybe they are looking for RW. GM Laakso knows very well skills of Finnish winger Mikko Rantanen and he might be on the target.

On the secound they may just take bpa, no matter of position. GM Laakso has scouted team Ilves in Finland a lot, so maybe Roope Hintz from Laakso's old hometown may found his new home from Winnipeg.

Jets has two 3rd round pick. If they have taken two forwards, they are taking a dman now. Another pick may be used for winger again. We know how much GM Laakso loves Finnish players, so let's name those targets as Vili Saarijarvi and Julius Nattinen.

4th round would be used for goalie prospect. There aren't any potential Finnish goalies, so let's leave this prospect without name now.

5th, 6th and 7th rounds are so hard to predict, but Jets may take more Finns.

Summer time news from Winnipeg ends :D