Jets know who they want at NHL draft

With #2 pick, Cheveldayoff expected to focus on Finns


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Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff wasn't revealing names Tuesday but suggested at a mid-day press availability at the MTS Centre that he's got his mind made up about the second overall pick at next week's NHL draft in Buffalo.

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Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff wasn’t revealing names Tuesday but suggested at a mid-day press availability at the MTS Centre that he’s got his mind made up about the second overall pick at next week’s NHL draft in Buffalo.

The Jets moved up to No. 2 in the draft by being a lottery winner in the drawing in late April.

“We’ve gone through a lot of the processes already and the list is getting pretty much in ink,” Cheveldayoff said. “I think you’re still doing some due dilligence. You can’t watch any more hockey so the evaluation on the hockey side is essentially left to video.

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff answers questions from the media now that the 2015-16 NHL season is completely finished.

“Unless something really dramatically makes a shift that you just don’t see, and you saw some crazy things in the NFL draft this year, our minds are very set.”

Most expect the Toronto Maple Leafs, in the No. 1 slot next Friday, to select centre Auston Matthews, leaving the Jets a choice between two elite Finnish prospects, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi.

All three of those, and about 90 more prospects, were interviewed and observed by the Jets at the recent NHL scouting combine in Buffalo.

“There are some injuries issues you’re dealing with right now,” Cheveldayoff said. “Jesse Puljujarvi had a knee injury and had surgery that certainly kept him out of doing all the testing at the combine. And it will keep him out of training most of the summer.

“The process took an exciting jump when you win the opportunity to draft No. 2. We’ll see how it goes.”

Matters of trade rumours and contracts also came up Tuesday.

Cheveldayoff said flatly he was not working to deal defenceman Jacob Trouba, who’s at the end of his entry level contract and will be a restricted free agent on July 1.

“Trying to trade Jacob Trouba?” the GM said. “This is an interesting time of year. I’ve seen lots of different scenarios out there of teams that are pushing hard that I haven’t even heard from and I’ve talked to different teams that have asked different questions that I’ve certainly asked myself. I’m not trying to trade anybody. I think in this game there’s a distinct possibility that anybody can get traded.

“And again we’ve got some good young players here. We’ve got two of them that are up for contracts in Trouba and (Mark) Scheifele and we’re going to do our best to get those contracts done and in the books. So trying to trade him? No.”


Updated on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 4:09 PM CDT: Changes photo

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