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.
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: University of Minnesota defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Mike Reilly was among the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The final 2014-15 edition of the NCAA prospects notebook takes a look back at some excellent collegiate hockey prospect performances and other noteworthy items. Unless otherwise indicated, all stats are current as of April 1st. Read more»
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: Boston University forward Jack Eichel and University of North Dakota goaltender Zane McIntyre are two Hobey Baker top 10 finalists competing in the Northeast and West regionals of the 2015 NCAA Hockey Tournament (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire (L) and Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images (R))
This year’s 16-team field for the 2015 NCAA Hockey Tournament features 103 NHL prospects representing 28 of the 30 NHL teams. The Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks lead all teams with seven prospects each in the tournament. The Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars are the only NHL teams that do not have at least one prospect playing in the tournament. Read more»