It's hard to believe that the 2012 NHL Draft is over. The six rounds on the second day of the draft definitely move a lot quicker then the first round, but today had to be a record. The second round kicked off shortly after 10:00 am Eastern time and took just under three hours to complete.
Once the Columbus Blue Jackets announced their 31st selection, it was less than 15 minutes before Winnipeg announced their 39th pick, Lukas Sutter from the Saskatoon Blades. Lukas, son of Rich Sutter becomes the latest Sutter to join the National Hockey League from a huge list of professional hockey family members.
Sutter has spent the last two seasons with the Blades and showed significant improvement this season. The top line forward finished with 28 goals, 31 assists for 59 points in 70 games and added a pair of assists in the four-game short playoff exit.
He made his way to the interview room to chat with media and as expected, he was all smiles and very excited to be named a Winnipeg Jet.
"I can't even begin to put it into words, it was unbelievable. It's stressful when you get in there and it starts going so fast but once it's done, it's done, and it's truly unbelievable.To go to a hockey market like Winnipeg is a tremendous honour and I'm very proud to be a part of it."
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff commented on what he liked about the newest Sutter.
"We like the way he plays. He provides a lot of sandpaper for us and in the prospect category, he is someone who is very determined to play. Between the interview process and the way he plays, we were really excited we were able to get him."
As expected, there were a few, not a lot, of interesting moves and one big one involving the Winnipeg Jets and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Winnipeg Jets acquired rights to goaltender Jonas Gustavsson from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft meaning that if the Jets do not sign Gustavsson, the 7th round pick next year will still belong to the Jets.
A lot of eyebrows were raised especially from Winnipeg media. What does this mean for Chris Mason and even more so, does this have anything to do with Ondrej Pavelec?
"Jonas is a goaltender who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent," Cheveldayoff explained to media after the draft. "We'll get an opportunity to chat with him and look at some of the history with respect to him as he's had some medical issues and stuff like that.
"The Pavelec situation is totally separate than this. This is more of an opportunity to look at and talk to a UFA person before the July 1st deadline."
The are still four more picks to be made in the day....... With the third round selection (70th overall), the Jets picked up Scott Kosmachuk from the Guelph Storm (OHL).
The right-winger is coming off of a similar season point-wise as Sutter, recording 30 goals and 29 assists for 59 points in his sophomore season. Kosmachuk seemed like a very happy-go-lucky spirit with nothing but smiles and laughs to share. He's genuinely grateful and looking forward to being a part of the organization.
The Jets did not have a fourth pick but with their fifth they selected Connor Hellebuyck (130th overall), a 6-foot-4 goalie from the Odessa Jackelopes of the NAHL. With their sixth pick they went back to the Saskatoon Blades to select another centreman Ryan Olsen.
Finally with their seventh pick, they found another goalie, Jaimie Phillips, a 6-foot-2 netminder from the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the OJHL.
And that about wraps up the 2012 NHL Draft with six new Winnipeg Jets on the prospect list. In the coming weeks, we will be getting to know these new players and sharing more about them with Jets fans as the prospect development camp is just around the corner.
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