Photo: Despite having a shoulder injury needing repair, the Vancouver Canucks made Calgary Hitmen forward Jake Virtanen their top pick at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)
The Vancouver Canucks figure to have a new look in the coming years with new general manager Jim Benning and a new head coach in Willie Desjardins. The makeover in Vancouver started on Friday afternoon even before the 2014 NHL Draft began when the Canucks engineered a series of trades — one of which sent veteran Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks in a multi-player deal.
Photo: Defenseman Aaron Ekblad (left) and forwards Sam Reinhart (center) and Sam Bennett (right) will learn where they begin their professional careers at the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images and Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Now that the Los Angeles Kings have hoisted their second Stanley Cup in three years, the hockey world can now focus on the 2014 NHL Draft that will take place on June 27th and 28th at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Photo: Defenseman Josh Morrissey, Winnipeg’s 13th overall pick in 2013 shown here representing the WHL in the Subway Super Series, led WHL defensemen with 28 goals in 2013-14 (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
The Winnipeg Jets concluded their third season since relocation in the same place as the first two; out of the playoffs and seeking to answer organizational questions regarding what it will take to get them out of the middle of the pack and bring playoff hockey to Winnipeg for the first time since 1995.
Photo: Guelph winger Scott Kosmachuk tied for third on the team with three goals and five points as the Storm came within one win of a Memorial Cup Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
While the parent club still seeks the right formula in terms of making the playoffs, several Winnipeg Jets prospects not only led their teams to postseason, but put up big numbers when the lights were brightest.
Photo: Goaltender Eric Comrie put together his healthiest season in the WHL in 2013-14 and maintained a .925 save percentage in 60 appearances for Tri-City (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The Jets’ prospect pool underwent a turnover when top prospects Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba graduated, removing some of the blue-chip talent from the current crop. The cupboard is far from bare, however, as the next wave of Winnipeg Jets prospects thrived in their current locations, highlighting the overall depth of the system.