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2018 Draft Summary

The Jets currently hold six selections in Rounds 2-7

by WinnipegJets.com Staff @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

Video: DRAFT | Kevin Cheveldayoff

 

Round Pick Player Amateur Club
2 60    
3 91    
5 150    
5 153    
6 184    
7 215    
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Jets stand pat on day one at NHL Draft; eager for day two

Jets' first of six picks on Saturday comes at 60th overall

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

DALLAS, Texas - All 31 first round picks of the 2018 NHL Draft came and went at American Airlines Center on Friday night, and for the first time since relocation in 2011, the Winnipeg Jets didn't make a single one of them.

But that didn't mean that General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and his team at the draft table sat back and just watched 31 picks go by.

"Certainly it's a different feeling when you're not on the clock, or on the clock to be on the clock," said Cheveldayoff. "It's interesting because you spend the requisite time doing the list, and there's passion. There's passion for players, there are some guys that you look and go, 'we wouldn't have taken him there,' or 'we would have taken him there.' So those are the things you fill your time with."

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Hillier, Cheveldayoff confident with 60th overall pick

Jets didn't change approach at NHL Combine despite no first-round pick

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

DALLAS, Texas - For the first time since relocating to Winnipeg in 2011, the Jets don't have a selection in the first round of the NHL Draft.

But that didn't change a thing for Director of Amateur Scouting, Mark Hillier. In fact, he, along with General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, and other scouts attending the NHL Combine interviewed around 70 potential prospects.

"We tried to be prepared right from the number one pick on," Hillier said just hours before this year's event. "You never know, if we acquire a pick through a trade, we have to have our list right, and all our ducks in a row."

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Salary cap number finalized, Cheveldayoff ready to get pen to paper

Cheveldayoff: "Our priority is pretty straight forward as to what we need to get accomplished"

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

DALLAS, Texas - The final number is set, and now the work can really begin.

Late on Thursday, the National Hockey League and the NHLPA set the salary cap for the 2018-19 season.

The lower limit is set at $58.8 million, the midpoint at $69.15 million, and the upper limit is $79.5 million.

With nine restricted free agents on the roster that finished last season, and five unrestricted free agents on the books, Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff knows his team will come close to that upper limit.

Especially if the numbers work out anywhere close to the 2017-18 season.

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Analysts weigh in on who could be available at 60th overall

For the first time since relocation, Jets don't have a pick in the first round

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

DALLAS, Texas - The 2018 NHL Draft begins Friday and for the first time since the Jets relocated to Winnipeg, General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff doesn't have a first round pick. That pick went to the St. Louis Blues - along with prospect Erik Foley - for centre Paul Stastny at the trade deadline.

Over the years, the Jets have selected the likes of Nic Petan, Eric Comrie, and Dylan Samberg on the second day of the draft. In his meetings with the team's amateur scouting staff, Cheveldayoff spent just as much time looking back as he did looking ahead.

"We spent a lot of time looking at what (60th overall) would have meant in years past. Where that might have fit on our list, and where those players might be on our list right now," said Cheveldayoff. "The hard part is, hindsight is always 20/20. So you can always tell where a guy was at that point moving forward, but still don't know where you have guys in perspective to other team's lists. But it does help you to give you some perspective that there is a certain area in your own list that you have to focus on.

"We're pretty comfortable with the group of players that are around there."

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Top defensive prospects in the 2018 NHL Draft come with offensive flair

Canadians Dobson and Bouchard among those that light the lamp from the blue line

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

DALLAS, Texas - In the mind of Adam Boqvist, the way to play on the blue line is changing.

"The new style is to play more offensive, and you don't need to be big," said 17-year-old Swedish defenceman. "So I think there is a new defenceman coming."

At six-feet tall, Boqvist isn't short, but at 165 pounds, the mobile blue liner knew he had to be mobile to be effective.

And effective, he is.

He had 24 points in 25 games with Brynnas of the SuperElit league in Sweden, and averaged a point-per-game in nine outings at the World Under-18 Championship, helping Sweden to a bronze medal.

For his efforts, he was named the tournament's best defenceman.

But even though he's ranked second among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting, Boqvist knows there is a lot of competition in this year's NHL Draft.

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Jets release 2018-19 regular season schedule

All 82 games will be broadcast on TSN 1290, with full broadcast schedules coming at a later date

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today released its 82-game schedule for the 2018-19 NHL regular season.

The Jets will open the season on the road on Thursday, Oct. 4 against the St. Louis Blues followed by another away game at the Dallas Stars on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Jets play their first game at Bell MTS Place against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Winnipeg will travel to Helsinki, Finland for a pair of matchups with the Florida Panthers on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2.

The longest homestand of the season will span six games from Oct. 14-24. The Jets' longest road trips of the season will only be four games long, including ending the campaign with four matchups versus Western Conference foes from Apr. 1-6.

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Jets come up just short at 2018 NHL Awards

Hellebuyck, Cheveldayoff finish with second most votes in their categories

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Three members of the Winnipeg Jets organization had a chance to take home some hardware at the NHL Awards Wednesday night at the Hard Rock Hotel.

But despite memorable - and even record-breaking - performances during the season, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, captain Blake Wheeler, and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck will leave Vegas with only memories of an enjoyable awards experience.

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Trading in my winter coat for sunscreen

by Mick E. / Winnipeg Jets

Wasn't that an amazing post-season for our Jets and Moose?! It was non-stop excitement for six straight weeks - what a workout I got!

I had the chance to stretch my hooves back home in the Sandilands Provincial Forest, where I fueled up on my mom's home cooking (she throws together the best greens, and with extra blueberries, just the way I like it!) and time with friends. Everyone was super pumped to hear about the Whiteout and my adventures at the Calder Cup playoffs, and I'm still so excited, I couldn't stop talking about the game that I met Don Cherry!! What a thrill!! Everyone loved the #WPGWhiteout souvenirs I brought home too!

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Jets face Kings in 2018-19 home opener

Puck drops on home half of the Jets schedule on Oct. 9, 2018

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

The countdown is on.

With the National Hockey League set to release the full schedule later this week, hockey fans got a taste of what's to come in the 2018-19 season on Wednesday.

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