Monday, 25 June 2012

Winnipeg Jets team building

Lukas Sutter - second round Jets' 
draft pick.

Image obtained from Toronto  Star,
who obtained it from
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images.  
Team-building is underway for the Winnipeg Jets as they prepare for the 2012/13 NHL Season, which starts on Oct. 11, 2011. The Jets' first game of the 2012-2013 season is on Oct 13, 2012, where they will face the Carolina Hurricanes at the MTS Centre.  The game will be held at 2:00 PM. They've drafted some up-coming players in the first and second rounds, who'll hopefully ad to the team's standings this year or in upcoming seasons.

A much covered draft pick is Lukas Sutter - from the renowned Sutter hockey family. He was picked in the second round. Defenceman Jacob Trouba was also picked by the Jets, in the first round.      

Lukas Sutter's dad and five uncles have garnered 3000 points in under 5000 games. When summing up Lukas Sutter's points throughout his time in the AJHL and WHL we get a total of 79 points for the 150 games he played in the various league. Last season, playing in the WHL for the Saskatoon Blades, he earned 59 points while in a season where he played 70 games, working out to 0.843 points per game played. It will be interesting to see how this translates into the heavier talent NHL, but as an early pick he's an anticipated up and coming player, from a talented hockey family. He should help the Jets moving forward. 


First round Jets' draft pick
Jason Trouba.

Image Source: CBC
The other pick, Jacob Trouba, has a bit less experience, playing for two seasons in the USHL. In the 2010-2011 season he played 31 games, earning 7 points or 0.226 points per game played. In the 2011-2012 season he played 22 games earning 18 points or 0.818 points per game played, a considerable rise. He brings a powerful, physical, style to the game and plans on getting stronger. He'll certainly give forwards a tough, perhaps grinding, time.            


All in all, I hope to see the Jets improve in standings from last year as the team's perfected. Hopefully, the team will be playoff material in the near future.

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