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.
Photo: Forward Jason Gregoire is one of several Winnipeg natives the Jets have in their prospect pool. Gregoire joined the organization as a free agent in 2011. (Terry Lee/Icon SMI)
The Winnipeg Jets continue to rebuild their prospect pool, led by Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba. In the past two entry drafts, Jets' General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has started to realize a vision of a bigger, tougher, and grittier team. While the rebuild started with the 2011 Draft, solid progress is already being made. Below is a breakdown of all current prospects of the Winnipeg Jets.
Photo: Though the Columbus Blue Jackets added several important prospects this past off-season, none were more prominent than defenseman Ryan Murray, who was selected second overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Below is the bottom third of the NHL Team Rankings in terms of prospects as voted on by Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with the second scheduled to be published in the Spring.
Photo: Forward Patrice Cormier (left) is one of several Winnipeg Jets prospects who could play in the NHL if not for the current lockout. (JC Salas/Icon SMI)
Now entering their second season in Manitoba, the Winnipeg Jets are continuing the franchise rebuild that started in Atlanta. The Jets have focused on adding size and grit to through the last two drafts. Top prospect Mark Scheifele, along with a limited number of other prospects would have had an opportunity to makes the Jets out of training camp, but the NHL lockout put those plans on hold. Instead, these prospects will have the chance to dominate their respective leagues while their veteran brethren find colder pastures to ply their trade.
Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Lukas Sutter is currently in the hunt for a roster spot on Canada's 2013 World Junior squad (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
In sports, there is an old adage that says a competitor should always play for the logo on the front of the sweater and not for the name on the back. It is one of those bits of wisdom, like giving 110% or the fact that there is no "I" in TEAM, that is constantly repeated and now borders on being a cliché due to overuse.