Winnipeg Jets Rookie Camp

Jets rookie camp begins this Saturday at 2 pm at the MTS Iceplex. It represents the first opportunity for management to evaluate their prospects  first-hand, and will help them determine which of these young players may have NHL talent. There’s no doubt that the new franchise’s first ever selection, 7th overall pick Mark Scheifele, will garner the most attention over the weekend, but there are several other players to watch.

(For more on Scheifele, click here)

Prior to this summer’s draft, Carl Klingberg was Winnipeg’s best forward prospect. He’s a 20-year-old Swedish player with good size who possesses a lot of raw ability. Don’t be soured by his seemingly low stats, as he was a 19-year-old playing in Sweden’s best professional league (the Swedish Elite League). When among his peers, he stands out as one of the better ’91 born Swedish forwards – last year he scored 3 goals in 6 games at the World Junior Championships.

Jason Gregoire was a 3rd round pick of the New York Islanders, but opted to sign with his hometown team this summer.  He’s coming off a strong three-year career at the University of North Dakota where he made good progress, improving his goal and point totals steadily from year to year. He’s primarily a goal scorer, scoring 25 goals in only 35 games last year. As one of the older prospects at camp, he should stand out.

Ivan Telegin has taken an unlikely path thus far, leaving his native Russia to play Canadian Major Junior hockey. He’s a centre iceman with good size and playmaking ability, and supposedly plays a better defensive game than most Russians are known for.

Zach Yuen was drafted early in the 4th round this past summer after an impressive season in which he led his WHL team in +/-. He is known as an intelligent defenceman with good skill who is held back only by his lack of height (5’11 or 6’). He made a nice impression on me when I met him at the draft – nice guy seems very grounded.

It’s unlikely that any of the other players in rookie camp have a significant NHL future. Though there are some older prospects who displayed good skill in junior hockey, including Eric O’Dell, Michael Kirkpatrick, and Levko Koper, their lack of size will make the transition difficult. Everyone in pro hockey is much bigger, stronger, and faster than those in junior – and not only those you play against, but those you’re competing with for playing time. Of the three, O’Dell has the best pedigree as a former 2nd round pick of the Anaheim Ducks. Here is the complete roster:

Forwards 2010-2011 Stats
# Name Height Weight Age League Team GP G A P +/- PIM
45 Mark Scheifele 6’1″ 182 18 OHL Barrie 66 22 53 75 -22 35
48 Carl Klingberg 6’3″ 205 20 SEL Timra 49 5 3 8 -6 14
57 Jason Gregoire 5’11” 196 22 WCHA North Dakota 35 25 18 43 8
52 Ivan Telegin 6’3″ 185 19 OHL Saginaw 59 20 41 61 14 35
58 Eric O’Dell 6’0″ 176 21 OHL Sudbury 39 20 24 44 -13 34
68 Mike Kirkpatrick 5’10” 185 21 QMJHL Saint John 63 31 51 82 47 44
73 Levko Koper 5’11” 197 21 WHL Spokane 72 32 50 82 20 67
56 Adam Lowry 6’4″ 187 18 WHL Swift Current 66 18 27 45 -21 84
55 Austen Brassard 6’2″ 188 18 OHL Belleville 67 19 15 34 -19 78
72 Jordan Depape 5’11” 194 19 WHL Kamloops 54 21 27 48 -6 49
70 John Albert 5’11” 190 22 CCHA Ohio State 37 12 22 34 18
76 Shayne Wiebe 5’10” 186 21 WHL Brandon 72 44 21 65 6 60
74 Klarc Wilson 6’0″ 211 18 WHL Edmonton 66 8 14 22 -10 109
Defencemen
# Name Height Weight Age League Team GP G A P +/- PIM
60 Zach Yuen 5’11” 196 18 WHL Tri-City 72 8 24 32 41 65
63 Ben Chiarot 6’3″ 222 20 OHL Saginaw 64 10 27 37 6 113
59 Zach Redmond 6’2″ 205 23 CCHA Ferris State 26 7 13 20 20
71 Julian Melchiori 6’3″ 167 19 OHL Kitchener 63 1 18 19 24 55
64 Cody Sol 6’6″ 240 20 OHL Kitchener 60 4 13 17 -7 114
65 Sebastian Owuya 6’3″ 200 19 WHL Medicine Hat 66 0 10 10 8 69
78 Kendall McFaull 6’3″ 188 19 WHL Moose Jaw 69 1 6 7 8 78
Goaltenders
# Name Height Weight Age League Team GP W L T GA GAA Svs Pct
35 Chris Carrozzi 6’2″ 188 21 ECHL Gwinnett 47 16 20 6 137 3.23 1161 0.894
32 Edward Pasquale 6’2″ 218 20 AHL Chicago 24 11 11 1 67 2.93 604 0.900

 

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