WINNIPEG - Day four of Winnipeg Jets development camp is in the books at Bell MTS Iceplex and that allowed JetsTV to sit down with a few of the Jets' prospects as part of a video series profiling the NHL hopefuls. While the videos will take some time to produce, here's a sneak peek at three Winnipeg prospects.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE GOALTENDER
For the second time since the Jets returned to Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff used a fifth round pick on a goaltender, taking Michigan product Logan Neaton at the draft in Vancouver. Current Jets starter Connor Hellebuyck went in the same round in 2012 and that is not the only thing that he and Neaton have in common.
"Me and him actually share a goalie coach in Michigan named Randy Wilson," said Neaton who is from Brighton, Michigan.
"So I kind of got to know him last summer training together with our mutual goalie coach and just tried to learn as much as I could. Kind of a coincidence that our routes kind of panned out to be quite similar."
Goaltenders are known as a strange breed but Neaton claims that he a bit different from the "normal" goaltender.
"I don't have a lot of weird quirks. I'm a pretty average guy when it comes to how I carry myself most of the time," said Neaton.
"Nothing too quirky. Only a couple of superstitions and that's about it."
NOT YOUR AVERAGE STUDENT
There is nothing average about the intelligence of Jets 2018 seventh round selection Austin Wong. The Cochrane, Alberta native just finished his third season with the AJHL's Okotoks Oilers and will now head to the NCAA to play for the Harvard Crimson.
Yes, the Ivy League school known more for academics than athletics.
"I'm super excited. It should be a great experience for me. The coaches there are great," said Wong, who scored over 1,200 on his SAT.
"I played a few years of junior and started talking to some schools and decided I'd love to get a great education and starting talking to Harvard. I figured that would be the best opportunity for me to get that education."
Wong will be taking economics and business and then is hoping to attend law school in Canada. In the meantime, he is recovering from an injury and is hoping to build off a strong final year of junior hockey. This week marks his second development camp with the Jets and he feels more at home.
"I met a few guys that are here this year that were here last year so I've been able to be a little more comfortable," said Wong.
"It's tough not skating this year but it's definitely a great experience nonetheless."
LUOTO THRILLED TO BECOME A PRO
Recently, Finnish forward Joona Luoto signed a three year, two-way deal with the Jets organization. Luoto put up 16 points in 58 games with Tappara of the Finnish Liiga last season and he was pleasantly surprised to get the offer to come to North America.
"It was amazing of course. I didn't even expect it," said Luoto.
"I think they see some potential in me. They signed me and that's just amazing. It's so nice to be here."
Like many Finns, Luoto feels his style of play is more suited to the pro game here than in Europe.
"I just like to battle so hard in the corners," said Luoto.
"I like to consider myself a little bit stronger in the corners and the small rink game works for me."
Stay tuned this summer for the videos profiling Winnipeg's newest prospects!