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Draft Day Recap

by WinnipegJets.com Staff / Winnipeg Jets

JETS PICKS


ROUND PICK PLAYER (AMATEUR TEAM)
1
17       LW KYLE CONNOR (YOUNGSTOWN, USHL)     
1
25 C JACK ROSLOVIC (USA U-18, USHL)
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47 C Jansen harkins (prince george, whl)
3
78 LW ERIK FOLEY (CEDAR RAPIDS, USHL)
4 108 rw michael spacek (pardubice, czech republic)
6 168 C mason appleton (tri-city, ushl)
7 198 D Sami niku (finland)
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203 C Matteo Gennaro (Prince Albert, WHL)




DAY 2 (ROUNDS 2-7)




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47th overall - Jansen Harkins (Prince George, WHL)
HARKINS PROFILE
  • In his second campaign with the Cougars, Harkins established a single-season franchise record with 59 assists. He also paced the team with 79 points (20-59—79) in 70 games en route to winning the Dan Hamhuis Award as the club’s Most Valuable Player.
  • Harkins, who posted 34 points (10-24—34) as a rookie in the Western Hockey League, recorded his 100th career point on Feb. 16, 2015 to become the second-youngest player in franchise history to reach the milestone.
  • He recalls winning gold with Team Canada at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial – where he collected six points (2-4—6) in five games – as his most memorable hockey moment. He also served as captain of Team Pacific at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and tallied five points (3-2—5) in seven games at the 2015 Under-18 World Junior Championship.
  • Harkins began playing minor hockey in Germany before relocating to Vancouver, where he suited up for the North Shore Winter Club and North West Giants organizations. In 2011-12, he averaged more than two points per game (83-70—153 in 74 games) as captain of North Shore before being selected by Prince George with the second overall pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
  • His father, former NHL player Todd Harkins, is general manager of the Cougars. A second-round pick (No. 42) of the Calgary Flames in the 1988 NHL Draft, Todd played 48 games in the NHL with the Flames and Hartford Whalers and also appeared in the movie Miracle and reality television show Making the Cut.
  • A hockey family, his uncle, Brett, also played in the NHL with Boston, Florida and Columbus. He draws inspiration from his older brother and Cougars’ locker room attendant, Nicklas, who has a rare genetic disorder caused by the lack of an enzyme critical for development of the joints.
78th overall - Erik Foley (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
108th overall - Michael Spacek (Pardubice, Czech Republic)
168th overall - Mason Appleton (Tri-City, USHL)
198th overall - Sami Niku (Finland)
  203rd overall - Matteo Gennaro (Prince Albert, WHL)
  • Did not attend the draft


DAY 1 (ROUND 1)




The Winnipeg Jets have selected Kyle Connor of the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) 17th overall, and centre Jack Roslovic of the United States U-18 Development Program 25th overall.


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17th overall - Kyle Connor (Youngstown, USHL)

CONNOR PROFILE
  • In his third season in the United States Hockey League, Connor led all players with 80 points in 56 games, tied for second in assists (46) and placed fourth in goals (34) en route to winning USHL Player of the Year and Forward of the Year honors.
  • His 80 points were a single-season Youngstown record, breaking the mark of 74 points he set the previous year. The Phantoms (40-14-6, 86 points) set a USHL record with 17 consecutive wins in 2014-15 and finished atop the regular season standings to claim their first Anderson Cup.
  • The Shelby Township, MI, native left home at age 15 to join Youngstown for the 2012-13 season. The following year, he finished second in League scoring with 74 points (31-43—74) in 56 games.
  • Internationally, Connor won gold with Team USA at the 2014 Under-18 World Junior Championship, where he tallied seven points (4-3—7) and tied for the tournament lead with a plus-8 rating in seven games. He was part of consecutive gold medal-winning U.S. squads at the 2013 and 2014 World Junior A Challenge and also captured a silver medal at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.
  • A product of the Belle Tire organization in Detroit, Connor led the 2011-12 under-16 team that included Arizona Coyotes prospect Brendan Perlini (selected 12th overall in 2014) with 53 points (14-39—53) in 40 games.
  • Connor is committed to the University of Michigan and will join the Wolverines for the 2015-16 season.

25th overall - Jack Roslovic (USA U-18, USHL)

ROSLOVIC PROFILE
  • Roslovic paced the U.S. Under-18 team with eight power-play goals and ranked fourth on the club with 79 points (25-52—77) in 2014-15.
  • Roslovic scored the tying goal for the U.S. in the third period of their eventual 2-1 overtime win over Finland in the gold-medal game at the 2015 Under-18 World Junior Championship. The Columbus native finished the tournament with 11 points (6-5—11) in seven games. He also scored at a point per-game clip (2-4—6) en route to a gold medal at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

  • In 2013-14, Roslovic became the first player born and raised in central Ohio to join the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, MI. He tied for the under-17 team lead with six power-play goals that season.

  • Roslovic grew up idolizing former Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash, whom he watched frequently as his family owned season tickets to the club’s games.

  • A product of the Ohio Blue Jackets AAA program, Roslovic led the under-16 team in goals (23), assists (30) and points (53) in 2012-13.

  • Roslovic will play for the Miami University RedHawks beginning in the 2015-16 season.
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