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Jets development camp offers glimpse of what is to come

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One day, some day, they may be the names Winnipeg Jet hockey fans read about and cheer every night on the National Hockey League stage.

Just imagine...

'Big pad save by Kasdorf... puck bounces to Trouba who deftly feeds it off the wall to Scheifele... He finds a streaking Telegin down the left side... he shoots, he scores!...'

Close to 40 players will gather at MTS IcePlex Monday morning for the first session of the Jets' 2012 Development Camp that will feature some of the organization's top prospects and a handful of free agents looking for a shot.

Among them are the Jets' most recent first-round draft picks -- centre Mark Scheifele, drafted seventh overall in '11 and defencemen Jacob Trouba, this year's ninth-overall selection -- and the entire draft class from both years.

The prospects will be on the ice daily Monday through Friday next week, but Jets' GM Kevin Cheveldayoff was quick to point out the sessions aren't so much about evaluations -- although whenever players gather in front of the team's deep thinkers they are under a microscope -- but about getting the young talent indoctrinated.

"The camp is about development," said Cheveldayoff. "It's not really an evaluation camp per se. It's summer. No one's making a team or not making a team.

"Our sole purpose for the development camp is to get the new, drafted players acclimated to our organization and our beliefs and philosophies. And for the players that have already been here, it's to make sure they're on track with our fitness programs and the development aspect is progressing."

And therein lies the great trick about studying these young men at work: it's always about what they are doing in the here and now, but the key is to think big picture and what they might deliver in two, three, sometimes four years down the road.

"We're drafting some of these guys at 18 and there's still a great deal of work ahead of them," said Cheveldayoff. "Jimmy Roy, our director of player development, has spent lots of time this past season with each and every prospect -- both the amateurs and the pros in St. John's. It's about making sure that the development process is continuing. The coaches on the various teams take care of the development side on the ice and Jimmy is focused on making sure that the other aspects of development are being taken care of as well.

"Every player matures differently, physically and emotionally and at different rates than others. It's a process. It takes time."

ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @WFPEdTait

 

DEVELOPMENT CAMP SCHEDULE

DATE / GROUP A /GROUP B /LOCATION

Monday, July 9, 2012 2:15 p.m. 2:15 p.m. MTS Iceplex

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 9:30 a.m. 11 a.m. MTS Iceplex

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 9:30 a.m. 11 a.m. MTS Iceplex

Thursday, July 12, 2012 9:30 a.m. 11 a.m. MTS Iceplex

Friday, July 13, 2012 10:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m. MTS Iceplex

 

 

A PEEK AT THE JETS FUTURE TALENT

Free Press hockey writer Ed Tait offers a brief glimpse at the players that will assemble Monday for the Jets Development Camp:

 

GOALTENDERS

No. /  Name / 2011-12 Team / Ht./Wt. / Birthdate

1 Robert Levin South Shore (EJHL) 6-1/179 22//09/92

Solid numbers with his EJHL club; attended the Atlanta Thrashers prospect camp two years ago as a high schooler.

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30 Connor Hellebuyck Odessa (NAHL) 6-4/195 19/05/93

Fifth-round pick this year. The NAHL’s goalie and rookie of the year last season is heading to UMass-Lowell this fall.

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34 Michael Houser London (OHL) 6-2/190 13/09/92

Attended the Florida Panthers camp this week. The CHL goaltender of the year went undrafted.

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35 Chris Carrozzi Col/Ont (ECHL)/St. John’s (AHL) 6-3/191 02/03/90

Drafted by the Thrashers in ’08. Spent most of last year with Ontario in the ECHL where he posted solid numbers: (2.27 GAA; .922 save percentage).

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50 Jamie Phillips Powell River (BCHL)/Toronto (OJHL) 6-4/184 24/03/93

Seventh-round pick this June who was solid for both Powell River and Toronto and is committed to Michigan Tech this fall.

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75 Jason Kasdorf Des Moines (USHL) 6-4/185 18/05/92

Former Portage Terrier was drafted last year by the Jets. Winnipeg product to play for Rensselaer Poly Institute this year.

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DEFENCE

No. /  Name / 2011-12 Team / Ht./Wt. / Birthdate

43 Will O’Neill Maine (NCAA)/St. John’s (AHL) 6-1/205 28/04/88

Former co-captain at Maine, was sixth among D-men in scoring in the NCAA before a solid stint with the IceCaps.

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45 Jacob Trouba USDT (USHL) 6-2/193 26/02/94

The Jets’s 2012 first-rounder has a heavy shot and a nasty edge to his game. Headed to Michigan this fall.

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59 Zach Redmond St. John’s (AHL) 6-2/205 27/07/88

Had 31 points in his first pro season. Smart, doesn’t panic with the puck.

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60 Zach Yuen Tri-City (WHL) 6-0/205 03/03/93

Drafted in ’11, he’s an excellent skater who led the WHL with a +45 rating last season.

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63 Ben Chiarot St. John’s (AHL)/Col. (ECHL) 6-3/222 09/05/91

Thrashers’ pick in ’09, played in both St. John’s and the ECHL last year, his first as a pro.

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64 Cody Sol Kitchener (OHL) 6-6/242 11/02/91

Massive dude with a bit of a mean streak who attended Jets’ camp last fall before heading back to junior.

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65 Joey Leach Kootenay (WHL) 6-4/190 29/01/92

Originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2010, Leach had 43 points last year (12G, 31A) in Kootenay.

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71 Julian Melchiori St.John’s (AHL)/Kit/Osh (OHL) 6-4/214 06/12/91

Signed a three-year deal in March. Attended Jets’ camp last year and looked solid before heading back to junior then to St. John’s.

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81 Brennan Serville Michigan (NCAA) 6-3/185 02/06/93

Just finished his first year with the Wolverines, suiting up for 34 games as a freshman.

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85 Peter Stoykewych Colorado College (NCAA) 6-3/200 11/07/92

Winnipegger who was drafted by the Thrashers in 2010 and played 26 games for the CC Tigers last year.

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86 Aaron Harstad Colorado College (NCAA) 6-2/200 27/04/92

A teammate of Stoykewych, he was drafted in the seventh-round last year.

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FORWARD

No. /  Name / 2011-12 Team / Ht./Wt. /  Birthdate

29 Norm Ezekiel Barrie (OHL) 5-8/180 17/03/91

Small in stature, he’s not afraid to drop the gloves.

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42 Nick Bligh South Shore (EJHL) 5-11/180 16/01/93

Named the EJHL’s Rookie of the Year. Heading to Dartmouth this fall.

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47 Lukas Sutter Saskatoon (WHL) 6-0/215 04/10/93

The grit and dedication is a given. Developing his offensive game now, too.

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48 Carl Klingberg St. John’s (AHL) 6-3/205 28/01/91

Second-round pick in ’09. Can play both wings and had 15G, 22A for the IceCaps.

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52 Ivan Telegin Barrie (OHL) 6-3/185 28/02/92

World-class speed for the Russian winger. Good finisher. St. John’s or Winnipeg as junior days are done.

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55 Mark Scheifele Barrie (OHL)/St. John’s (AHL)/Winnipeg (NHL) 6-2/190 15/03/93

High hopes for last year’s top pick. Adding muscle, wants to stick with the Jets this fall.

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56 Adam Lowry Swift Current (WHL) 6-4/187 29/03/93

Injuries limited him to just 36 games last year. Big, power forward who is the son of long-time NHLer Dave Lowry.

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57 Jason Gregoire St. John’s (AHL) 5-11/196 24/02/89

Winnipegger battled injuries on The Rock this year. High hockey IQ.

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58 Eric O’Dell St. John’s (AHL) 6-1/181 21/06/90

Finished his first year in St. John’s with 22 points in 39 games. Was a big point-producer in junior.

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61 Austen Brassard Belleville (OHL) 6-2/190 14/01/93

Had 51 points in 64 games for the Bulls; drafted in the fifth round in ’11.

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67 Danny Dries Ohio State (NCAA)/St. John’s (AHL) 6-0/193 12/04/88

Former Big-Ten All-Academic athlete, finished up last year with the IceCaps.

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68 Ryan Olsen Saskatoon (WHL) 6-3/198 25/03/94

Sixth-round pick this June, Olsen had 15 goals with the Blades and was traded to Kelowna in May.

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70 John Albert St. John’s (AHL) 5-11/190 19/01/89

Jets’ brass love his energy and hustle. Just signed to a new contract this week.

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72 Scott Kosmachuk Guelph (OHL) 5-11/185 24/01/94

Drafted this June, he had 30 goals for Guelph this year.

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73 Zach O’Brien St. John’s (AHL)/Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) 5-9/178 29/06/92

Smallish, but can flat-out score. Had 50G, 51A at Acadie-Bathurst and played one game for the IceCaps.

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76 Matt White Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA) 5-10/185 23/08/89

Led his school in scoring with 17G, 23A in 38 games.

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82 Vinny Saponari Northeastern (NCAA) 6-1/195 15/02/90

A Georgia boy drafted in ’08 by the Thrashers; had 23 points in 34 games last winter at Northeastern.

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83 Yasin Cisse Boston U. (NCAA) 6-3/210 11/03/92

Quebec product was selected by the Thrashers in the fifth round of ’10.

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84 Jordan Samuels-Thomas Quinnipiac (NCAA) 6-3/198 28/05/90

Red-shirted last year after transferring from Bowling Green. Drafted in ’09.

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87 Tanner Lane Fargo/Omaha (USHL) 6-2/187 13/08/92

Drafted in 2010, Lane had 41 points in 60 games last year.

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88 Zack Mitchell Guelph (OHL) 6-0/174 07/01/93

Undrafted, but had solid numbers (37G, 38A) for the Storm.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 7, 2012 C3

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Updated on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 10:27 AM CDT: Corrected first name of draft pick Trouba.

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