After a welcome dinner on Sunday night, the prospects had their first ice session Monday afternoon. It was the first chance for Winnipeg Jets fans to see the new 2014 draftees, including 9th overall selection Nikolaj Ehlers, skate alongside prospects from previous NHL drafts, like forward Nic Petan and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. After a day of skating and fitness testing, the players met with the media before heading off for a team dinner. Link to interviews with Eric Comrie, Chase DeLeo, and Jimmy Roy Link to Day 1 photo gallery
The alarm clocks went off early as the first group of prospects was on the ice at the MTS IcePlex at 9:30 am Tuesday morning. After his session, 2012 3rd round pick Scott Kosmachuk met with reporters to talk about his Guelph Storm falling just short in the Memorial Cup final.
Following the two skates it was time for a little team building back at MTS Centre. Today’s task; a race around the arena floor using six-man skis.
To wrap up the day, the prospects headed to De Luca’s Cooking Studio to cook up their own dinner, and the second annual pizza-making contest crowned Nikolaj Ehlers and Ralfs Freibergs best pizza makers. Link to interviews from Connor Hellebuyck, Jason Kasdorf, and Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul MauriceLink to photo gallery from Day 2 Day 3
Skates hit ice on Wednesday at 9:30 am to begin the third day of development camp. The only missing skaters were Adam Lowry and J.C. Lipon, who were fresh off playing in the Calder Cup final with the St. John’s IceCaps. Lowry talked about his season with reporters after his off-ice workout.
It wouldn’t be the last time fans would hear from Lowry, but more on that later in the week. In the afternoon, Lowry and his fellow prospects played what can only be described as an intense best-of-nine dodgeball game. Link to interviews with Nic Petan, Jack Glover, and guest coach Dale HawerchukDay 4
The prospects were back on the ice Thursday morning for the last day of drills. Tucker Poolman, the Jets’ 5th round pick in 2013, came to camp fresh off being named USA Hockey’s Junior Player of the Year. But more excitement is on the way for Poolman, who will play for the University of North Dakota this upcoming season.
Though Adam Lowry wasn’t skating during development camp, he was very involved on social media. He took over the Winnipeg Jets’ Twitter account during the second skate of the day to answer questions from fans. Link to interviews with Ryan Olsen, Nolan Zajac, and Strength and Conditioning coach, Lee StubbsLink to Day 4 photo gallery
Game day! To wrap up the week, the prospects took part in a 4-on-4 game at MTS IcePlex in front of a packed crowd. Fans saw goals, hits, saves, and for those with social media, insightful tweets from Adam Lowry, who once again took control of the team’s Twitter account.
At the end of the game, a few prospects met the media one final time, including Nikolaj Ehlers and Scott Kosmachuk, who showed a lot of chemistry on the ice together all week.
General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff also gave his thoughts on the week.
After leaving the rink, the players traded their sticks and skates for golf gloves and clubs. Link to Day 5 photo gallery