Photo: Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry struggled in his sophomore campaign but has already provided the Jets with great value from a third-round pick (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
The 2011 NHL Draft was the unveiling of the Winnipeg Jets 2.0. After yet another of many subpar seasons in Atlanta, the Jets were awarded with the 7th overall pick.
The Thrashers did trade away their second round pick as well as Ivan Vishnevskiy to the Chicago Blackhawks for Andrew Ladd. The Blackhawks used the pick to select Adam Clendening.
Photo: Minnesota State Mankato freshman C.J. Franklin helped his team to a surprising and successful 2014-15 season. (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
While most of their top end prospects are playing in the CHL, the Winnipeg Jets have dedicated their mid- to late round draft picks in years past to amassing a depth of players competing at the NCAA level as well as those playing overseas.
Photo: Adam Lowry impressed in the AHL in 2013-14, subsequently earning himself an NHL job for the 2014-15 season. (courtesy of Christian Peterson/Getty Images)
After re-locating from Atlanta to Winnipeg prior to the 2010-11 and hiring a general manager with roots in western Canada, it is not surprising that the Winnipeg Jets have focused much more of their energy on procuring talent from both the WHL and those players in western Canada and Minnesota bound for college hockey careers.
Photo: J.C. Lipon will look to impress the Winnipeg front office in 2014-15 as he uses his grit and scoring to work toward an NHL roster spot. (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)
The Winnipeg Jets have yet to reach the NHL playoffs since re-locating to Winnipeg from Atlanta for the 2011-12 season, but under general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff the club has steadily been building up a group of talented prospects.
Photo: Michigan defenseman Brennan Serville, a third-round pick in 2010, has developed into a top shot blocker and key defensive presence in his three-year tenure with the Wolverines (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SM)
Though most of the Jets’ top-end prospects played elsewhere in 2013-14, two names highlight the Jets’ stable of collegiate talent.