Jets select four more names in draft

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Though their 2016 NHL Draft will be all about what happened Friday night – two picks in the first round that bring left-winger Patrik Laine and defenceman Logan Stanley on board – the Winnipeg Jets added four more selections today in Rounds 2 through 7.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Though their 2016 NHL Draft will be all about what happened Friday night – two picks in the first round that bring left-winger Patrik Laine and defenceman Logan Stanley on board – the Winnipeg Jets added four more selections today in Rounds 2 through 7.

Without a second-round choice (the Jets used it in a package to Philadelphia to move up to choose Stanley), Winnipeg began today with the Flyers’ third pick.

There, the Jets selected defenceman Luke Green from the Saint John Seadogs of the QMJHL.

Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press Team Orr's Pascal Laberge, from left, Jack Kopacka and Luke Green celebrate Laberge's second goal against Team Cherry during third period CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday January 28, 2016. Green was picked by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2016 NHL Draft

In Round 4, Winnipeg chose defenceman Jacob Cederholm from HV71 in Sweden. In the fifth round, the Jets called out the name of Brandon’s Jordan Stallard, a centre who played for the Calgary Hitmen this year.

With a sixth-round pick, the team chose Russian goalie Mikael Berdin from the country’s Under-18 team, then the Jets essentially took a pass in the seventh round, sending that choice to Montreal for the Canadiens’ seventh-rounder next year.

In all, six players were chosen this weekend: three defencemen, two forwards and one goalie.

Friday, the Jets came into the first round of the draft with three picks in the top 36 – scheduled to be the first team to reach their third pick – but then swapped the second pair (Nos. 22 and 36) to the Flyers so they could move to 18 and select Stanley. Winnipeg also received pick No. 79 in the trade.

The Jets got back into the third round after they had dealt away their own a year ago for Jiri Tlusty.

“Big steps from the foundation standpoint,” Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said, asked to sum up the weekend. “And we look to continue to grow.”

Cheveldayoff also said today he has already opened a dialogue with the agents for forward Mathieu Perreault.

Perreault has one year left on the three-year free-agent contract he signed with the team in 2014 and the window to extend that contract opens on July 1.

“It’s not quite like the free agency period but July 1 is coming up; we can’t do anything until July 1, but again, he ended up switching agents and we’ve had to talk with a different group but there is some good mutual traction both ways,” Cheveldayoff said.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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