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2018 Draft Summary

Jets take three centres, two defencemen and one goaltender

by WinnipegJets.com Staff @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

 

Round Pick Player Amateur Club
2 60 C DAVID GUSTAFSSON HV71 (SHL)
3 91 C NATHAN SMITH CEDAR RAPIDS (USHL)
5 150 D DECLAN CHISHOLM PETERBOROUGH (OHL)
5 153 D GIOVANNI VALLATI KITCHENER (OHL)
6 184 G JARED MOE WATERLOO (USHL)
7 215 C AUSTIN WONG OKOTOKS (AJHL)

Video: DRAFT | A Look Back at Day Two

 

DAY 2 (ROUNDS 2-7) COVERAGE

 

Video: DRAFT | Kevin Cheveldayoff

 

PICK BY PICK

60TH OVERALL - DAVID GUSTAFSSON (HV71, SWEDISH HOCKEY LEAGUE)

Centre
Born: April 11, 2000
Height: 6.02 -- Weight: 196 -- Shoots: L

Gustafsson, 18, tallied 12 points (6G, 6A) in 45 games with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League last season. He also had five points (1G, 4A) for HV71 U20 in the SuperElit League and four points (2G, 2A) in one game with HV71 U18. Internationally, Gustafsson won a bronze medal at the 2018 U18 World Championship playing for Sweden, racking up seven points (2G, 5A) in seven games.

Scouting Report (EliteProspects.com)

"Hardworking two-way player with good size. Strong with good reach and hockey sense. Not the fastest of skaters, Gustafsson is still a great team player who can be used in most situations. Somewhat limited scoring ability, but has shown great role player qualities."

Video: DRAFT | David Gustafsson

Video: DRAFT | 1-on-1 with David Gustafsson

 

91ST OVERALL - NATHAN SMITH (CEDAR RAPIDS, UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE)

Centre
Born: October 18, 1998
Height: 6.00 -- Weight: 174 -- Shoots: R

Smith, 19, led the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders of the USHL in scoring last season with 47 points (17G, 30A) in 51 games. The product of Tampa, Florida also had a goal in five games with USA at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge where he won a silver medal. Prior to last season, Smith was a prolific scorer playing high school hockey in Florida, tallying 176 points (88G, 88A) in 45 games from 2014-2017 with River Ridge and Mitchell High.
 
Smith is committed to play in the NCAA with the Minnesota State Mavericks next season.

 

150TH OVERALL - DECLAN CHISHOLM (PETERBOROUGH, OHL)

Defence
Born: January 12, 2000
Height: 6.01 -- Weight: 185 -- Shoots: L

Chisholm, 18, had 20 points (3G, 17A) in 47 games with the OHL's Peterborough Petes last season. In two seasons with Peterborough, he has 25 points (4G, 21A) in 88 games. Internationally, he played for Canada Black at the 2017 U17 World Hockey Challenge, tallying two assists in six games.

NHL Central Scouting Profile:

• Chisholm ranked second in scoring among Petes defensemen in 2017-18 with 3-17-20 in 47 GP.

• Earned a silver medal with Canada Black at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (0-2-2 in 6 GP).

• One of Chisholm's superstitions is putting on the left side of his equipment on first.

• Models his style of play after Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly.

Video: DRAFT | Declan Chisholm

Video: DRAFT | 1-on-1 with Declan Chisholm

 

153RD OVERALL - GIOVANNI VALLATI (KITCHENER, OHL)

Defence
Born: February 21, 2000
Height: 6.02 -- Weight: 184 -- Shoots: L

Vallati, 18, had 26 points (3G, 23A) in 65 games in the OHL last season with the Kitchener Rangers, where he was a teammate of 2016 Jets first round selection Logan Stanley. Vallati had four assists 19 playoff games, as the Rangers reached the OHL's Western Conference Final. Internationally, he played for Canada Black at the 2017 U17 World Hockey Championship, recording two assists in six games.

NHL Central Scouting Profile:

• Vallati recorded 3-23-26 in 65 regular-season games with Kitchener in 2017-18 and added four assists in 19 postseason appearances before the Rangers were eliminated by Sault Ste. Marie in the third round of the 2018 OHL Playoffs.

• In 2016-17, Vallati was named to the OHL's Second All-Rookie Team after collecting 5-16-21 in 59 games to become the first Rangers rookie defenseman to collect at least 20 points in a season since Ryan Murphy (6-33-39 in 62) in 2009-10.

• Internationally, Vallati earned a silver medal with Canada Black at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (0-2-2 in 6 GP).

• Models his style of play after Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith.

Video: DRAFT | Giovanni Vallati

Video: DRAFT | 1-on-1 with Giovanni Vallati

 

184TH OVERALL - JARED MOE (WATERLOO, USHL)

Goaltender
Born: July 22, 1999
Height: 6.03 -- Weight: 205 -- Catches: R

Moe, 18, went 23-6-0 with a 2.23 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 32 games with the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks last season. He also had 1.81 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in six playoff games. In 2016-17, the product of New Prague, Minn. posted a 20-4-1 record, 1.44 goals-against average and .922 save percentage playing high school hockey in Minnesota with Holy Family.

Moe is committed to play in the NCAA with the University of Minnesota.

Tweet from @MoeJared: Dream come true to be drafted by the @NHLJets. Thank you to everyone who has supported me through the years! Can���t wait to see what the future holds! #GoJetsGo

 

215TH OVERALL - AUSTIN WONG (OKOTOKS, ALBERTA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE)

Centre
Born: August 26, 2000
Height: 5.11 -- Weight: 185 -- Shoots: R

Wong, 17, tallied 54 points (25G, 29A) and 235 penalty minutes in 55 games with the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Okotoks Oilers last season. In two seasons with Okotoks, the product of Cochrane, Alta. has 74 points (35G, 39A) in 108 games.
 
He is committed to play in the NCAA with Harvard University.

NHL Central Scouting Profile:

 • His brother, Tyler, was a member of the Vegas Golden Knights organization in 2017-18, appearing in games for the AHL's Chicago Wolves and ECHL's Quad City Mallards.

 

DAY 1 (ROUND 1) COVERAGE

 

Video: DRAFT | Kevin Cheveldayoff

Video: DRAFT | 1-on-1 with Mark Hillier

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