WINNIPEG - Day three 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 two Winnipeg prospects.
NIKKANEN OK WITH CARDS HE'S BEEN DEALT
There is so much pressure on a player during his draft year to perform in order to impress an NHL team. However, for a kid like Henri Nikkanen, he just had to count on scouts liking his potential. The forward ran into some injury issues during the 2018-19 season and ended up missing a lot of games.
He shined at the Under-18 tournament with Finland and impressed at the Gretzky Hlinka Tournament in Edmonton. Enough so, that the Jets selected the forward in the fourth round at the NHL Draft in Vancouver.
"Yeah of course It was pretty frustrating," said Nikkanen when asked about the timing of his injury.
"But you know when you get injured there is not much to do. So you just have to look forward and now I'm at peace with it and I'm not frustrated at all, I'm pretty happy where I am."
Nikkanen's lower body injury didn't allow him to do much so he used his time wisely, working on his studies in Finnish high school.
"I finished a lot of my school work," said Nikkanen.
"But now I can focus on ice hockey 100 per cent so that's helpful."
GUSTAFSSON AWARE OF MORE FINNS THAN SWEDES
Like everyone else, Jets 2018 second round pick David Gustafsson notices there is a rather large contingent of Finnish born players within the Jets organization. Winnipeg does have fellow Swedes in the system like goaltender Arvid Holm, defenceman Jacob Cederholm - who Gustafsson played with at HV71 - and recently drafted Simon Lundmark.
Gustafsson who is not skating this week due to a lower body injury gave a nice scouting report on Lundmark.
"I've played with him and against him," said Gustafsson.
"He's a good d-man, two-way d-man and skilled with the puck."
Of course, Finland won gold at the World Juniors in Vancouver/Victoria at the same tournament where Sweden fell in the quarter finals. Coming up short there still bothers Gustafsson some six months later.
"We played good during the group stage and then we had an early, I mean we lost to the Swiss in the quarterfinals," said Gustafsson who had three assists in five games at World Juniors.
"Of course, that was tough it was a game we should have won but I learned much about it. But it's a tough memory."
Stay tuned this summer for the videos profiling Winnipeg's newest prospects!