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Development Camp Notebook - Day Two

News and Notes from Winnipeg Jets Development Camp

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG - Day two 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.


After winning World Junior gold with Finland and being drafted six months later at Rogers Arena, you could see why 2019 first round pick Ville Heinola would rank Vancouver high on his list of favourite cities.

"Yeah maybe it is," smiled Heinola.

"Because you know good memories in Vancouver."

TSN prospect analyst Craig Button praised Winnipeg for selecting Heinola 20th overall. The Finnish defenceman joins the likes of defenceman Dylan Samberg, Kristian Vesalainen and Mason Appleton at the top of Winnipeg's prospect list.

"Of course I am proud of it but now it's time to do some work and jump to the next level."

On top of being very proficient at hockey, Heinola said he is also pretty good at golf and Finnish baseball. When asked about what Finnish baseball is, Heinola typed in the word Pesäpallo into Google for us.

Heinola says he has been playing Pesäpallo for five years and what we now know is its often referred to as the national sport of Finland. He added it is very different from baseball with the biggest difference being the ball is pitched vertically, which makes it easier to hit. It was a demonstration sport at the 1952 Summer Olympics, held in Helsinki, Finland. Give it Google, it's quite the game.


One of the bonuses of Development Camp is for fellow Jets prospects to get together and meet new friends or to build on current friendships. For 2018 fifth round picks Giovanni Vallati and Declan Chisholm, this week means hanging out again following the 2019 OHL Playoffs in which Vallati's Oshawa Generals eliminated Chisholm's Peterborough Petes in five games.

"It was pretty cool. We've known each other for a while but obviously we are friends off the ice but in a playoff series we weren't really friendly with each other," said Chisholm.

"There was some bumps and grinds, a couple chirps each way but still in the end we are buddies here. What happens on the ice was in the heat of the moment and it was a great series and we ended up on top but hopefully we can get them next year."

The two defenceman had played together before junior hockey and now are a part of one of the bigger rivalries in the Ontario League.

"It was fun obviously playing against him," said Vallati.

"We saw them so much during the regular season so we kind of knew what they were all about. It was definitely fun to play against them in the playoffs."

Stay tuned this summer for the videos profiling Winnipeg's newest prospects!

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