Winnipeg’s all-time draft workforce: Greatest Jets plus Thrash mettle
It’s known as the Winnipeg Jets’ all-time all-drafted workforce, nevertheless it doesn’t embody the unique Jets franchise and half the workforce is comprised of Atlanta Thrashers picks.
The background: the unique Jets relocated to Phoenix and have become the Coyotes in 1996, so Winnipeg’s draft picks from 1979 via 1995 are a part of Arizona’s all-time all-drafted workforce. In the meantime, the Thrashers closed store in Atlanta and moved to Winnipeg in 2011, so their draft picks from 1999 via 2010 are half of the present Jets’ all-time all-drafted workforce.
A couple of extra fast issues to bear in mind: since Winnipeg’s all-time all-drafted workforce is simply made up of gamers drafted since 1999, it’s not an enormous pool to attract from in comparison with a number of the NHL’s older groups. Additionally, there was a purpose Atlanta relocated – they weren’t a great workforce, and that’s partly on account of poor drafting. Lastly, when you think about the truth that gamers drafted prior to now 4 or 5 years haven’t had an opportunity but to construct up an NHL physique of labor, that limits the Jets’ all-time all-drafted workforce even additional.
All of which is to say, whereas this workforce has plain star energy on the high, there are undoubtedly some depth points, particularly down the center and at proper wing. In actual fact, Patrik Laine is the one pure proper winger drafted by the Jets/Thrashers to make the all-time all-drafted workforce – the three different “proper wingers” have been shifted over from their pure ahead place to fill in. That’s as a result of the second-best proper winger ever chosen by Winnipeg/Atlanta is Patrick Dwyer, whom the Thrashers picked 116th general in 2002. He scored 42 objectives and 93 factors in 416 profession NHL video games. He’s not on the all-time all-drafted workforce.
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The primary line is a goal-scorer’s delight, with Mark Scheifele between Laine and left winger Ilya Kovalchuk. It’s mainly three guys with 50-goal potential, although Scheifele will probably must sacrifice some offense within the curiosity of backchecking. Somebody has to play somewhat protection on this line, in any case. He’s definitely going to pile up the assists, although, passing off to the booming one-timers of ‘Kovy’ and Laine.
On the second line, it’s Bryan Little with Dany Heatley on the left aspect and left-winger-turned-right-winger Nikolaj Ehlers. This units up as a fairly conventional second unit: Little is slotted correctly in a supporting function, Heatley is the shooter and Ehlers has the strikes and mindset for a top-six spot.
Large, bodily Adam Lowry facilities the third line, with pure heart Andrew Copp transferring over to proper wing and Kyle Connor on the left aspect. That is the checking unit, with Lowry and Copp grinding it out whereas Connor makes use of his velocity and shot to supply offense.
The fourth line options Jack Roslovic down the center, and whereas it’s a little bit of a stretch to place him on an “all-time” workforce contemplating he solely has 180 NHL video games to his credit score, it shouldn’t be too lengthy earlier than he surpasses the scoring totals of different candidates corresponding to Jim Slater (584 video games) and Derek MacKenzie (611 video games). Evander Kane skates on the left aspect – this workforce is loaded at left wing, with Kovalchuk, Heatley, Connor and Kane – and 1999 No. 1 decide and unique Thrasher Patrik Stefan at proper wing. Stefan, for all his shortcomings, did produce a little bit of offense and was a good two-way participant. And, properly, that’s ok to make the Jets’ all-time all-drafted workforce at this level.
The protection corps isn’t stacked with stars, nevertheless it’s strong. Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey reunite on the primary pairing for a cell, all-around duo that brings a wholesome dose of physicality. The second pairing has smooth-skating offense in Tobias Enstrom and big-body protection in Braydon Coburn. On the third pair, it’s an in-your-face twosome with Ben Chiarot and Zach Bogosian, and Bogosian contributes offensively along with his level shot.
The crease is in good fingers with Connor Hellebuyck because the starter and Kari Lehtonen backing him up. We’ll go together with Ondrej Pavelec because the emergency backup.
Right here’s a take a look at Winnipeg/Atlanta’s all-time all-drafted workforce. The 20-player lineup relies on gamers’ total NHL physique of labor.
CENTERSMark Scheifele (seventh, 2011)Bryan Little (12th, 2006)Adam Lowry (67th, 2011)Jack Roslovic (25th, 2015)
RIGHT WINGERSPatrik Laine (2nd, 2016)Nikolaj Ehlers (ninth, 2014)Andrew Copp (104th, 2013)Patrik Stefan (1st, 1999)
LEFT WINGERSIlya Kovalchuk (1st, 2001)Dany Heatley (2nd, 2000)Kyle Connor (17th, 2015)Evander Kane (4th, 2009)
DEFENSEMENJacob Trouba (ninth, 2012)Josh Morrissey (13th, 2013)Tobias Enstrom (239th, 2003)Braydon Coburn (eighth, 2003)Ben Chiarot (120th, 2009)Zach Bogosian (third, 2008)
GOALIESConnor Hellebuyck (130th, 2012)Kari Lehtonen (2nd, 2002)
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