2022-23 Top 10 Winnipeg Jets Prospects

The Winnipeg Jets had an excellent routine season however after a first-round playoff loss at the hands of the Vegas Golden Knights, Head Coach Rick Bowness was extremely public in his criticism of his star gamers. Their reaction was openly questioning their long-lasting future with the club.

With GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, the Jets have actually made couple of lineup relocations, keeping the group core as undamaged as possible, however with such public chaos in the dressing space, the group might be taking a look at an off-season of enormous trades. Moves might consist of core gamers such as Pierre-Luc Dubois, Connor Hellebuyck, or Blake Wheeler. Such relocations would likely suggest the group getting in a restoring or retooling stage towards a more youthful group constructed around the timeline supporting Mark Scheifele, Nik Ehlers, Kyle Connor, and Josh Morrissey.

The great news for Winnipeg is if they accept a reconstruct, the possibility swimming pool currently has a lot of gamers with capacity that are close or not far from being NHL-ready.

1. Cole Perfetti, C – Winnipeg Jets (NHL)

Age: 21
Ht/Wt: 5-11/176
Drafted: 2020 round one 10th total by Winnipeg Jets

“Goal” Perfetti as he was understood in junior after publishing back-to-back 37 objective seasons in his very first 2 years would have finished from possibility status if injuries had not minimal him to simply 51 video games. Last year he divided his time in between the NHL and AHL and was near a point per video game production in Manitoba with the Moose. His AHL time is now over, and he will be back to complete health with the Jets in 2023-24 where he must rise in the lineup to a leading 6 function.

2. Chaz Lucius, C – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 6-1/185
Drafted: 2021 round one 18th total by Winnipeg Jets

Lucius has actually had an unpredictable advancement course given that his draft. Selected 18th total after betting the United States Development program where he had 13 objectives and 20 points in 13 video games, he dedicated to the University of Minnesota. As a freshman with the Gophers, he had 19 points in 24 video games and signed his ELC following his freshman year.

Injuries have actually cost him video games played every year and it is an interest in his advancement both missing out on many video games and being a short-term gamer. For the 2022-23 season he began in the AHL, played just 12 video games due to injury and was lent to bet U.S.A. at the WJC. He had 7 points there and won the Bronze Medal. Following the WJC he was designated to the WHL and was controling with the Portland Winterhawks scoring 15 points in just 6 video games prior to his season was closed down with a shoulder injury.

Lucius requires an excellent season of health and consistency most likely in the AHL to establish his video game to it’s possible, which is a top-six offending gamer.

3. Rutger McGroarty, C/LW – University of Michigan (NCAA)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-1/205
Drafted: 2022 round one 14th total by Winnipeg Jets

The Jets hope they prepared their future captain in McGroarty. The Michigan possibility brings a substantial tool kit that includes size at 6-1, 205, management, ability, and a high hockey IQ. What he does not have is skating, it is well second-rate.

McGroarty had a banner draft year with the United States National group publishing 69 points and 65 PIM’s in 54 video games. He was called Captain of the U18 National group and had 8 objectives and 9 points in 6 video games. As a freshman with the All-Star Wolverines, he played leading minutes and taped 18 objectives and 39 points in 39 video games.

McGroarty will go back to the NCAA for his sophomore year and most likely indications his ELC to end up in the NHL. A season of getting used to professional hockey and time to invest in enhancing his skating in the AHL is likely prior to he fractures the Jets lineup.

4. Ville Heinola, LD – Manitoba Moose (AHL)

Age: 22
Ht/Wt: 6-0/181
Drafted: 2019 round one 20th total by Winnipeg Jets

After briefly making the NHL out of his draft, Heinola has actually been making sluggish development in his advancement. The Finnish protector has actually divided time in between the NHL, AHL and Liiga for 4 seasons now. His offending production has gradually however progressively enhanced in the AHL over the previous 3 seasons climbing up from 0.58 to 0.63 to 0.77 points per video game.

Heinola is looking NHL all set now, however unless the Jets make lineup relocations or suffer injuries, he is most likely taking a look at another year in the AHL. The Jets have 8 NHL defenseman under agreement for the 2023-24 season and Heinola has another year on his ELC and is waiver exempt. Until veterans Brenden Dillon and Dylan DeMelo’s agreements end after the coming season, Heinola most likely needs to bide his time in the AHL.

5. Declan Chisholm, LD – Manitoba Moose (AHL)

Age: 23
Ht/Wt: 6-1/190
Drafted: 2018 round 5 150th total by Winnipeg Jets

The 23-year-old has actually been progressively establishing given that his time in the OHL with the Petes. He had a breakout D+1 year in Peterborough publishing 48 points, followed by a 69-point season as a senior. His AHL novice season was restricted to simply 28 video games due to the pandemic, however he now has 3 complete seasons of AHL flavoring under his belt.

The Jets NHL lineup is jammed with gamers under agreement and Chisholm has actually now played out his ELC and will require to be re-signed. Once that occurs, he will lose his waiver exemption and would never ever clear waivers. Something needs to provide as Chisholm appears like he is NHL all set now, either in Winnipeg or in other places.

6. Brad Lambert, RW – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-0/183
Drafted: 2022 round one 30th total by Winnipeg Jets

Heading into his draft year, Lambert remained in the discussion for very first total in his draft class. As a teen he was playing professional hockey and shining both in the Liiga and with Finland globally. He has outstanding skating and above typical puck abilities. What he does not have is a top-level hockey sense, and a doubtful complete level.

He had under whelming D-1 and draft seasons with JYP, and was traded to the Pelicans without any enhancement. His have fun with Finland at the WJC was a catastrophe as he played just 5 video games as he was a healthy scratch. His draft stock dropped to the bottom of the preliminary. His D+1 year began in the AHL where he was overloaded and had a hard time to score 3 points in 14 video games with the Moose. He was lent to Finland for the WJC where he must have been a force however had one objective in 5 video games. He was sent out to the WHL where Seattle chose him from the Import Draft, and he had the ability to control at the junior level scoring 17 objectives and 38 points in 26 video games on a gifted Thunderbirds lineup.

With his self-confidence restored he stays an operate in development to see if he can discover production at the expert level. Still just 19-year-old the capacity is extremely high, however it stays to be seen if his video game will equate to the AHL, not to mentioned the NHL. If he can figure things out and reach his enormous capacity it will be a take of a choice at 30th total for the Jets.

7. Nikita Chibrikov, LW/RW – MHK Spartak Moskva (MHL)

Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 5-10/172
Drafted: 2021 round 2 50th total by Winnipeg Jets

The Russian winger has actually signed his ELC with the Jets and will play in the AHL next year. This is fantastic news for his advancement. While playing in Russia he was utilized moderately when in the KHL and was extremely often mixed in between leagues playing in the KHL one night, then the MHL or the VHL the next.

When he dipped into the junior level, he had quality minutes and produced. He revealed his significant offending sill embeded in his draft year at the U18 where he published 13 points in 7 video games.

Chibrikov integrates shifty skating and pucks abilities to assault on the rush. He requires to include some strength and power to his frame to support his determination to battle for loose pucks and open ice. A year or more of constant training, ice time and advancement in the AHL might refine his video game into a middle 6 offending winger in the NHL.

8. Dmitri Kuzmin, LD – Flint Firebirds (OHL)

Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 5-10/187
Drafted: 2021 round 3 82nd total by Winnipeg Jets

The Belarusian defenseman had 2 outstanding seasons in the OHL with the Flint Firebirds where he was the group’s finest protector.

Kuzmin is a small offending defenseman. He has the capability to make breakout shift passes and can run a powerplay from the point. Not numerous 5-10 defensemen can make the NHL, and at that size, they truly require to have at least one elite level ability in their video game.

Despite his size, Kuzmin is a spirited gamer publishing 96 PIMs in 2015 together with 59 points in 65 video games. He will go up to the AHL for the coming season and as a novice in Manitoba we will see how his video game equates to the professional level. There is some upside here.

9. Danny Zhilkin, C – Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-1/196
Drafted: 2022 round 3 77th total by Winnipeg Jets

Zhilkin missed his sophomore year due to the pandemic as the OHL was closed down, however since of his late birthday, it was not a draft year for him. The just hockey he played that year was at the U18 with Canada where he had 2 points playing in an assistance function.

He had a breakout draft year with Guelph scoring 55 points in 66 video games and the Jets chose him 77th total. The Canadian-Russian forward has luxury abilities and vision. He can manage some emphasize reel objectives or plays. His skating is an operate in development and his consistency requires to be resolved also, typical reviews of junior gamers.

Zhilkin will take his video game to the AHL now and will require a couple of years of advancement there prior to we understand if he can be an NHL leading 9 gamer, or a profession AHL gamer.

10. Dmitri Rashevsky, RW – Dynamo Moskva (KHL)

Age: 22
Ht/Wt: 6-1/176
Drafted: 2021 round 5 146th total by Winnipeg Jets

The Russian winger has actually done an outstanding task of taking constant KHL ice time for the last 2 seasons. In that time, he has actually published back-to-back 19-goal projects and constant offending numbers. He plays an aggressive forechecking video game, checks out the ice well and has fun with speed.

The Jets might have discovered an NHL gamer with their fifth-round choice however will need to wait a minimum of another year to bring him to North America as he is signed for a minimum of another KHL season.

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