Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck headlines a top-notch group of goaltending prospects (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The Winnipeg Jets defied the odds this season with their never say die mentality, overcoming injury and hardship on their way to edging out the defending Stanley Cup Champions and clinching the franchise’s first playoff appearance since its return to Winnipeg. The return of playoff hockey after its nearly 20 year hiatus from Winnipeg has reignited the burning passion of the fan base, making one thing clear moving forward: simply making the playoffs is not enough anymore.
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.