SUNRISE, Florida --
Jack Roslovic played his AAA hockey in the Ohio Blue Jackets program before he moved on to the USA Under-18 team in the USHL. But was he even the least bit upset when it was the Winnipeg Jets who selected him 25th overall, and not the Columbus Blue Jackets?
“No. It would have been cool and a good story, but it's the National Hockey League, so it's still special,” he said. “It means a ton to me. Being a trailblazer is something I want to bring back to the city. Show kids in Columbus, you don't need a big hockey market to succeed.”
Roslovic was special in that AAA program. He led his under-16 team in points (53), and last season, he finished fourth on the USA U-18 team with 79 points.
The “skilled forward,” as he describes himself, registered 52 assists in 2014-2015. Roslovic has already committed to Miami University for next season, and couldn’t be happier to have the NHL Draft process over with.
“It was stressful. I met with a lot of teams. I heard a lot of different things,” said Roslovic. “I think Winnipeg was one of those teams I met with at the Combine, they came to Ann Arbor, and I also met with them yesterday. So I felt good in that position.”
Standing at six feet and 180 pounds, Roslovic interviewed with the Winnipeg Jets staff three times throughout the season. He told reporters following his selection that he chose the NCAA route to help his game, and build muscle to prepare for NHL competition.
“I need to gain 15-20 pounds to play at the next level,” Roslovic said. “So I think that route will help me do that.”
General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was happy to select Roslovic at 25th overall, even though Central Scouting had the centre ranked 39th.
“With Jack, we think he has top six upside that for us, adds to the skill level of our group that we have coming up,” Cheveldayoff said. “It's an exciting time for us.”
Following his selection, Roslovic made his way through the gauntlet all draft picks do. He took photos, did interviews, and signed hockey cards. Though he enjoyed his evening at BB&T Center, he can’t wait to get to MTS Centre.
“The fans are crazy. The white out in the playoffs was fun to watch. They get rowdy,” he said. “I heard it's a great city, a beautiful city. I can't wait to see Winnipeg for the first time.”
-- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com