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.
Photo: In his 2011-12 season with the Barrie Colts, winger Ivan Telegin (52) demonstrated great chemistry with fellow Jets prospect Mark Scheifele. (Terry Lee/Icon SMI)
Consistent to their ideals, Winnipeg Jets management continued the trend of building the prospect base with big, tough, strong characters who put the team first. The team's top three picks from the 2012 draft all fit that identity and slot in very nicely into the Top 20.
Photo: The Jets added to their stable of young defensive prospects when they selected Jacob Trouba ninth overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The Winnipeg Jets stuck with their established drafting trends in 2012, staying in North America and looking for size, strength, and strong character. They added a stud defenseman from the US National Development Team with their first rounder, and some additional size and sandpaper to their forward group in the later rounds. The search for additional goalie depth took them to unfamiliar territory however, with a fifth rounder from the NAHL and a seventh rounder from the OJHL.
Photo: The Winnipeg Jets added some physicality to their future defensive corps with the selection of Jacob Trouba (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The U.S. NTDP program has been prolific in recent years in terms of producing high-end NHL Draft prospects, and the 2012 NHL Draft is no exception. Three players from this program were chosen in the draft's first round, with Winnipeg Jets selection Jacob Trouba being the highest at ninth overall.
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.