Photo: Josh Morrissey, ranked fifth in the WHL in defensive scoring, cracked a deep and talented blue line corps for Team Canada’s WJC entry (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
As the top two prospects, Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba, move ever closer to graduation status, the Winnipeg Jets organization looks to a younger crop of players for the next wave of draftees to step up. At the junior level, the returns this season have been more than promising.
Photos: After putting up 120 points in his draft year, Nicolas Petan is on pace to surpass that mark in 2013-14 while averaging over two points per game for the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Welcome to the December 2013 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or are falling a little behind.
Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Ryan Olsen is scoring at nearly a point-per-game clip in 2013-14, scoring six goals and adding 12 assists in 21 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
In some quarters, there was surprise when the Kelowna Rockets acquired Ryan Olsen from the Saskatoon Blades prior to the 2012-13 season.
Photo: Guelph Storm forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Scott Kosmachuk is currently on pace to top the 100-point mark in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The phrase “taking your game to another level” is one that is firmly entrenched within the hockey lexicon. It is often used within a game situation, but also applies to the year-to-year development of players, especially younger players still looking to make their mark in the pro game.
Photos: Zach Redmond made his 2013-14 debut for the Jets on November 17, his first NHL game since suffering a serious skate laceration in February (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
The Jets opened the season with all eyes on their top two prospects, Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele, as they made the permanent leap from the amateur/junior ranks to the NHL.