Photo: Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele begins his first full professional season in the NHL in 2013-14. Scheifele was the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft and the first made by the new Jets organization. (courtesy of Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
The Fall 2013 edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects has been released, but there are many very talented players who did not make the cut. Ranking the prospects was especially difficult given the sheer volume of quality players who did not graduate because of the truncated 2012-13 NHL season.
Photo: Defenseman Jacob Trouba scored one goal, one assist, and led the Jets with over 25 minutes of ice time in his NHL debut (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon SMI)
The Winnipeg Jets have built steadily through the draft since relocating from Atlanta. The team hit well in the early rounds of 2011 and 2012 and went for volume in 2013 with ten overall picks, including five in the first three rounds.
Photo: Selected 8th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, forward Alex Burmistrov was the final first-round pick the Atlanta Thrashers organization would ever make. The Thrashers moved to Winnipeg in 2011 and became the Jets. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The Winnipeg Jets finished the season ninth overall in the Eastern Conference, just four points out of the playoffs. On the whole however, it was a disappointing season for the organization. Although they showed fight down to the final week of the shortened season, several flaws in the team makeup became evident as the season wore on, and there are areas of concern that must be addressed in the upcoming draft.
Photo: Goaltender Robin Lehner has been spectacular since his call-up to the NHL this season. Lehner is one of many rookies to perform well for the Senators in 2012-13 (courtesy of Jay Kopinski/Icon SMI)
Nine of the 10 players featured in the 31-40 spots of the Hockey's Future Spring ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects were also ranked in the Fall edition, though there has been some significant movement throughout the grouping. Much of the movement has to do with how some of these players have dealt with adjusting to a new level of competition this season, with some excelling and others struggling.
Photo: Barrie Colts forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Mark Scheifele is showing off his offensive skills in 2012-13 as he sits among the top scorers in the OHL, and is duplicating that feat at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
While a regular shift in the NHL is sure to be his goal, for Barrie Colts forward Mark Scheifele
, a return trip to the World Junior Championship might be the second-best option given that the first one has been obliterated by the NHL lockout.