Kraken Expansion Draft - Winnipeg Jets
Hello everyone and a Happy Thursday.
Quick change today as we will cover the Jets first and the Capitals second.
Today I am joined by TheUltimateJet
WINNIPEG JETS PROTECTION LIST
Blake Wheeler (NMC) - RW
Kyle Connor - LW
Patrik Laine - LW
Mark Scheifele - C
Nikolaj Ehlers - RW
Andrew Coop - C
Jansen Harkins - LW
Josh Morrissey - LD
Neal Pionk - RD
Dylan DeMelo - RD
Roslovic has not yet signed a long term contract and I might change my list depending on what he signs for.
I think the two best options to take would be either:
Niku is an interesting case, because if he performs up to potential, I would protect him over Demelo. Another guy to take a look at might be Logan Stanley.
Thinking more about Sami Niku, there have been reports that he has been upset with how the Jets have used him and there appears to be contention between him and Charlie Huddy as well as Pascal Vincent. If this is the case, I could Seattle not wanting a player with an "attitude" problem in their locker room.
When thinking about Harkins, he would be available if Roslovic signs a long term contract. I think Harkins is interesting as he has shown with hard work fortunes can be changed around. Two years ago he was looking like a flop of a pick, however after putting much work into his game, he became a point per game player in the AHL, essentially forcing a call up to the big club. He looked great when paired with higher end talented players. I could see him being like William Karlsson of the Vegas Golden Knights. Things can happen if given an opportunity.
Berdin is a goalie that some have compared to Vasilevsky. Kid has got a great personality and seems live for big game moments. See his goal he scored in the ECHL. If that play alone does not excite you, I don't know what will.
Logan Stanley is a curious case. Chevy has been pretty good at drafting in the first round. That is why Logan Stanley stands out. He was like two years away from being two years away. Theoretically that means that he should be just about ready to make his big league debut. He's a giant at 6 feet 7 inches and 242 pounds. One thing for sure is that size cannot be taught. He would make for an intersteing project and could be a great depth defenseman if he ever develops into what Chevy was hoping for. The sad thing for him is that he has been displaced by defensemen Samberg and Heinola on the Jets prospect chart.
Thanks for providing the insight!
Here are some notable available players
Jack Roslovic: The 23 year old remains an RFA and unsigned after his best season yet with 12 goals and 29 points through 71 games.
Sami Niku: An average frame but handles the puck well. Has some strong offensive instincts but at the cost of defense.
Logan Stanley: 22 year old 6'7 242lb defender has not yet appeared in any NHL contests. A big big big player with a booming shot but may never pan out.
The big man Logan Stanley is an intriguing pick that is such a unique player it may be worth taking a flyer on. Nevertheless I am choosing the young offense minded puck moving defender instead. Niku is very young and like TheUltimateJet stated, has had some potential issues with the Jets organization. A fresh look on a team with zero pressure could be exactly what he needs.
Bean - Fleury