Photo: Drafted seventh overall in 2011, Mark Scheifele was the first ever player drafted by the newly reformed Winnipeg Jets. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)
The Winnipeg Jets enter their second-ever draft year looking for some high-end skill to complement their growing stable of big, hardworking players. Having drafted entirely from North America last year, and focusing on size and toughness, the need going forward is to complement that strength with some skillful puck-movers, either forwards or defenders. There will still be plenty more of the strong characters and imposing physiques taken in this draft, but look for the Jets to swing for the fences in the first round.
Photo: London Knights captain Jarred Tinordi and his London Knights teammates fell just short of a Memorial Cup championship. Tinordi is a top prospect of the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
Below is the bottom third of the ranking of the prospect depth of the NHL organizations as voted by the 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 each season, in the fall and spring.
Photo: St John's IceCaps Defenseman Zach Redmond had to wait until the second round of the AHL playoffs before he was able to get into the line regularly. In six post-season games, Redmond has two assists and seven shots on net. (Photo courtesy of
Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
The Winnipeg Jets are well represented in the 2011-12 post-season, with their AHL affiliate, the St. John IceCaps making the Eastern Conference Finals. The organization also had players make noise in the OHL and WHL playoffs.
Below is the first edition of the Hockey's Future's prospect awards. The winner for each category was determined by the team writer with assistance from the HF staff. The prospects featured in this article belong to the Winnipeg Jets.