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: Although his Pacific Division team didn’t do so well at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic, San Diego Gulls forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Nick Ritchie (#20) did his best to help the team succeed with a two-goal, one-assist performance (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)
The AHL All-Star Classic is wacky, fun-filled event that doesn’t reflect a real hockey game.
And the 2016 edition of the event in Syracuse, New York took it to a new level. Instead of a traditional game, the AHL adopted a divisional-based, round-robin tournament with the games split between 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 play. Read more»
Photo: Manitoba Moose goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Eric Comrie has faced 1015 shots in 31 games, the most of any AHL goaltender (courtesy of Graig Abel Collection/Getty Images)
Eric Comrie looks out of place in the AHL Western Conference locker room.
With his boyish face and skinny stature, you could easily confuse Comrie with one of the teenagers volunteering to help out during the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic taking place in Syracuse, New York. Read more»
Photo: Winnipeg’s number one defense prospect, Josh Morrissey, has struggled to put up points in his rookie AHL season, but sits second on the team in shots on goal (courtesy of Graig Abel Collection/Getty Images)
Making the playoffs last season for the first time since 2006-07 — when the franchise played in Atlanta and was known as the Thrashers — the Winnipeg Jets appear to have things heading in the right direction: with several young prospects working their way into roles in the NHL lineup.
Photo: Not even Winnipeg’s top prospect Nikolaj Ehlers is guaranteed an NHL roster spot due to the Jets’ enviable organizational depth (courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Images/Getty Images)
The recent promotion of Mark Hillier to Director of Amateur Scouting from Head Amateur Scout seems like a small change in terms of title. Under Marcel Comeau’s direction since 2003, the Atlanta Thrashers amassed a mixed record – as all teams do. Since relocation however, the team had begun to separate from the pack. How much is due to Hillier’s input versus Comeau or others is unclear, but the Winnipeg Jets now find themselves with one of the deepest collections of young talent in the NHL.