Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Brendan Lemieux has the skill and build to adjust quickly to pro hockey, having posted three points in five AHL games to close out this season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Winnipeg Jets had many of their prospects in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose during the 2015-16 season. As a result, that team struggled, but several players made great strides toward a potential promotion to the NHL. The team also had several players – but especially the electrifying Nikolaj Ehlers – get quality minutes in the NHL. Though growing pains are part of the Jets’ approach to team-building right now, the prospect pool is also full of top performers in their own age groups.
Photo: Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Artemi Panarin’s 25 goals is three more than Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel in the 2015-16 NHL rookie goal-scoring standings (courtesy of Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire)
Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin — the leading scorer amongst all rookies — takes over the top spot from the Detroit Red Wings‘ Dylan Larkin in the Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy poll for February. But the big development is the scoring exploits of pre-season favorite Connor McDavid and Philadelphia Flyers‘ defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, which have made the race a four-player contest. Read more»
Photo: The Winnipeg Jets’ top prospect, Nikolaj Ehlers, has spent much of this season proving he could create offense with a variety of linemates (courtesy of John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)
After many years of turmoil in Atlanta, the franchise had gotten very few results on the ice, yet their prospect system remained extremely thin. Since their relocation to Winnipeg, the Jets have seen much greater success through the draft.
Photo: Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has been a top NHL rookie from the start of the 2015-16 season, which earned him a place in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game that took place at the end of January (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Detroit Red Wings‘ Dylan Larkin and Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks continue to be the leading candidates for this year’s Calder Trophy according to the January staff poll at Hockey’s Future. But the offensive exploits of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere — as well as the play of rookie goalies Connor Hellebuyck and John Gibson — has made things interesting as the season progresses. Read more»
Photo: 2013 second-round pick Nic Petan remains a top prospect for the Winnipeg Jets – the ugly results of his baptism by fire in the NHL earlier this season notwithstanding – and he now sits third on the Manitoba Moose in scoring (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)
The Winnipeg Jets roster is one of the youngest in the NHL this season, and have had six prospects make their NHL debuts already in 2015-16. Few teams are able to rely on the strength of their young guns to the extent of the Jets, with a couple of them earning full-time NHL gigs.