Photo: Winnipeg 2013 pick Brenden Kichton ranks third in the AHL in scoring amongst defensemen with 28 points through 36 games for the Jets affiliate in St. John’s (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon SMI)
With several scattered injuries at the NHL level, including blue chip defenseman Jacob Trouba at one point, no less than seven AHL regulars have seen spot duty with the Winnipeg Jets this season. When not plugging holes at the NHL level, the St. John's IceCaps have provided stingy opposition to the rest of the AHL this season.
Photos: Zach Redmond made his 2013-14 debut for the Jets on November 17, his first NHL game since suffering a serious skate laceration in February (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
The Jets opened the season with all eyes on their top two prospects, Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele, as they made the permanent leap from the amateur/junior ranks to the NHL.
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: Drafted 3rd overall in 2008, Zach Bogosian has gradually developed into a solid top four defenseman in the NHL. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)
Because the 2008 draft class produced so many big name stars, the other prospects that have yet to make the big show yet are often held to unrealistic standards, and written off as busts too soon. Zach Bogosian's future with the Jets/Thrashers franchise was in doubt at one point, and only in the 2011-12 season did he really show what the front office saw in him to take him third overall.