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: Mikhail Grigorenko, Buffalo’s 12th overall pick in 2012, will look to bounce back in 2013-14 from an up-and-down rookie season split between the Sabres and the Quebec Remparts (courtesy of Jeremy McKnight/Icon SMI)
The Fall edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 21-30.
New additions from the 2013 NHL Draft augment the depth of skilled forwards in the middle group of the ranking. Elias Lindholm, drafted fifth by Carolina, and Sean Monahan, sixth by Calgary, debut on the list next to prospects who lost some luster after a rocky 2012-13 season in Mikhail Grigorenko and Mikael Granlund.
Photo: Defenseman Josh Morrissey was the first of 10 picks selected by the Winnipeg Jets at the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)
The Winnipeg Jets came into the 2013 NHL Draft with a lot of picks and a lot of prospect holes to fill. With 10 picks, including three in the first two rounds, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was able to add offensive skill, mobility, and a much needed boost to the goaltending depth chart. That he was also able to get offensive punch from the blue line and a spectacularly talented scorer in the second round came as particularly interesting bonuses.
Photo: Finnish defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was the first of 11 players to have the Buffalo Sabres call their name at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The 2013 NHL Draft was considered by many to be the deepest draft in the last decade, with potential franchise players not just available at the top of the order, but all the way through the first round and into the second.
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.