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Jets draft two defenceman, one centre and one goaltender on Day 2 at the draft

by Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) / Winnipeg Jets

BUFFALO, New York - Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets came into Day 2 of the NHL Draft with a clear goal in mind.

"We've made a conscious effort over the last couple years to draft players that we think fit into the way that the game is played now," Cheveldayoff said.

"We believe we did that again here today."

The Jets entered the day with five picks but finished with four, trading their final selection - 187th overall - to the Montreal Canadiens for a seventh-rounder in the 2017 Draft. After trading their second-round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers in Friday's first round, the Jets' first pick of the day came at No. 79 when they drafted defenceman Luke Green of the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Jets then used picks No. 97, 127 and 157 on Swedish blueliner Jacob Cederholm, Brandon product Jordan Stallard and Russian goaltender Mikhail Berdin.

Green, the former first pick in the 2014 QMJHL Draft, tallied 10 goals, 35 points and a +18 rating in 61 regular-season games this year.

Good puck mover, good skater," Cheveldayoff said. "I had the opportunity to see him play when I was watching (Cape Breton's Pierre-Luc) Dubios. When you have a little familiarity and the scouts mention the name, you can put the name to a face and you really like what you see."

Being from Halifax, Green knows (Nikolaj) Ehlers - a former Moosehead - and even played against him last year in the Q.

"I'm an offensive defenceman," Green said. "Specifically this year I was trying to round out my game and become more of a two-way guy, but I've always been offensive and that's my biggest strength.

"I didn't know where or when I would go, but to be selected by Winnipeg is a huge honour. I'm really excited."

At 127, Cheveldayoff and the Jets once again had a player in their sights.

Cederholm - a towering 6-foot-4, 189-pound blueliner - caught their attention most recently at the World Under-18's in Grand Forks just a few weeks ago.

"He's a little bit of a different player [than Green]," Cheveldayoff said. "He's a big player, but he can skate well for a big player and has tremendous leadership qualities. He's been the captain of his teams throughout his career growing up and someone that has a real pro body already. He's going to continue to develop more, but he's got a big body that can move and do a lot of good things.

Cederholm had one goal, five points and 28 penalty minutes in 35 regular-season games with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League's junior division before scoring twice in just three playoff games.

"He might not be the flashiest guy but he has a lot of pro-ready aspects to his game," Cheveldayoff said.

Cederholm is a friend of Jets prospect Axel Blomqvist and is the brother of Vancouver Canucks draft pick Anton, who played with Nic Petan and Chase De Leo with the Portland Winterhawks.

"It was pretty emotional," Cederholm said of the draft experience. "To be able to enjoy this experience with my family was the best thing that could happen. To hear my name with the Winnipeg Jets, I got so excited. I know it's a good organization, so I'm really happy. ... I want to do everything to win."

With No. 157, the Jets plucked Jordy Stallard, a centre for the Calgary Hitmen who lives just down the road in Brandon.

"I had a chance to talk to him over the phone and he's tremendously excited to be drafted by the Jets," Cheveldayoff said.

Stallard had 29 goals and 49 points in 68 games with the Hitmen last year, finishing fifth in team scoring despite being one of the youngest players up front.

"He's a player that we're going to continue to develop. Good size, good speed - a rangy-type kid.

"Development is key. When you're drafting young players, all of these players here - or the majority of them, anyway - are going to need time to develop. Once you make the selections, it's really how that next process goes."

These players - along with the 18th pick in Friday's first round, Logan Stanley - will all given time to develop in junior, college or wherever the game takes them.

The Jets' final pick of the day came at No. 157 when they drafted Russian goalie Mikhail Berdin.

"When you get into the later rounds and you look all over your list and see something sticking, glaring at you, you have to take notice," Cheveldayoff said. "The (scouts) that stepped up and were passionate about him were very passionate about him and were thrilled that we got him. We were in contact with his agent and it's an exciting thing because I think we got a good value pick there."

In 22 appearances with the Russian Under-18's last year, Berdin recorded a 2.07 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage.

With the draft in the books, these players - along with the second-overall pick, Patrik Laine, will gather in Winnipeg for the team's annual development camp, July 3-7 at MTS Iceplex.

- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com

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