The NHL Draft is an exciting time for young prospects, their families, and NHL teams. This year's event takes place June 23-24 in Chicago at the United Center. The Winnipeg Jets currently have eight picks over the two days, one in each of the seven rounds, plus an additional seventh round pick acquired from the Montreal Canadiens at last year's Draft.
Since 2011, the Winnipeg Jets have selected 44 players at the Draft. Here is how they break down:
- Forwards - 24
- Defencemen - 15
- Goaltenders - 5
- Most defencemen taken in one year - Five in 2011
- Most forwards taken in one year - Seven in 2015
- Most goaltenders taken in one year - Two in 2012
Of those 44 picks, 14 have come from the Western Hockey League, with the team selecting five players from the WHL in 2013.
Additional picks-per-league break down this way since 2011:
- OHL - 5
- QMJHL - 4
- High School/USHL - 8 (including four in 2015)
- International - 6
- College - 1
- Other - 6
In terms of nationality, the Jets have selected mostly Canadians (21) over the 44 picks, with American players not far behind at 14.
The 2011 Draft saw Winnipeg pick six Canadian players, while four Americans were chosen in the 2014 and 2015 Drafts.
Other nationalities include:
- Finland - 2
- Russia - 2
- Czech Republic - 2
- Sweden - 2
- Denmark - 1
MANITOBANS AT THE NHL DRAFT
Since 1999, a total of 95 players from Manitoba have been selected at the NHL Draft. Here is the break down:
- First round - 14 (Two in 2010, 2008, and 2004)
- Second round - 10 (Three in 2008)
- Third round - 17 (Four in 2005)
- Fourth round - 14 (Two in 2016, 2005, and 2002)
- Fifth round - 7
- Sixth round - 9 (Three in 2010)
- Seventh round - 11 (Two in 2005 and 2003)
- Eighth round - 8 (1999-2004)
- Ninth round - 5 (1999-2004)
To view the full Winnipeg Jets Draft Guide from the team's PR Department, click here.