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Cheveldayoff adds depth throughout Jets organization at 2019 NHL Draft

Jets select two defencemen, two forwards, and a goaltender in Vancouver

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Kevin Cheveldayoff added depth to every position in the Winnipeg Jets organization during the 2019 NHL Draft.

After selecting Finnish defenceman Ville Heinola 20th overall in the first round on Friday, Cheveldayoff and his team selected Swedish defenceman Simon Lundmark 51st overall, the first of four picks Winnipeg had on Saturday.

In addition to those two defencemen, the Jets also added centres Henri Nikkanen and Harrison Blaisdell in the fourth and fifth rounds, before wrapping things up with the 144th overall pick - which they used to select goaltender Logan Neaton.

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Lundmark says getting selected is "a dream come true"

"It was nice to hear my name… I was quite nervous." -Lundmark

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Sitting in the seats at Rogers Arena, Simon Lundmark predicted he may hear his name late in the second round of the 2019 NHL Draft.

The Winnipeg Jets proved that prediction correct - selecting the Swedish defenceman with the 51st overall pick.

"It's a dream come true," said Lundmark, the 21st ranked International skater by NHL Central Scouting. "It was nice to hear my name… I was quite nervous."

The nerves quickly turned to excitement as the 6'2", 201-pound Lundmark pulled on a Jets jersey for the first time.

"It's a great city with great fans," Lundmark said of Winnipeg, who he had three meetings with over the course of the season. "They seemed to like me a lot."

They sure did.

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Blaisdell brings fiery passion to Jets

Blaisdell: "I'm super grateful."

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

VANCOUVER BC - When the NHL Draft goes into its second day it makes the wait that much longer for those future NHL hopefuls sitting in the stands.

Regina's Harrison Blaisdell figured he would go anywhere from the second to the fifth round. So when the Winnipeg Jets took him in the fifth at 133rd overall, he wasn't shocked.

"I'm super grateful," said Blaisdell, who can play both centre and wing.

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Jets select Neaton in the fifth round of the 2019 NHL Draft

Neaton, 20, is coming off a standout season in which he led the Prince George Spruce Kings to the BCHL title

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, June 22, 2019 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have selected goaltender Logan Neaton in the fifth round, 144th overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft.

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Jets select Blaisdell in the fifth round of the 2019 NHL Draft

Blaisdell, 18, has played the last two seasons for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the BCHL

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, June 22, 2019 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have selected forward Harrison Blaisdell in the fifth round, 134th overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft.

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Jets select Nikkanen in the fourth round of the 2019 NHL Draft

Nikkanen epresented Finland at the 2017 U-17 World Hockey Challenge, netting five points (3G, 2A) in five games.

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, June 22, 2019 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have selected forward Henri Nikkanen in the fourth round, 113th overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft.

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Jets select Lundmark in the second round of the 2019 NHL Draft

Lundmark, 18, had three assists in 29 games with Linkopings in the Swedish Hockey League last season

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, June 22, 2019 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have selected Simon Lundmark in the second round, 51st overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft.

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Heinola joins fellow Finns in Jets organization

"I'm a defenceman who likes to play with the puck, give smart passes and read the game well." -Heinola

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - For the third time in four years the Winnipeg Jets have drafted a player from Finland with a first round pick.

The Jets selected Finnish defenceman Ville Heinola 20th overall in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft on Friday night, joining Patrik Laine (2nd overall, 2016) and Kristian Vesalainen (24th overall, 2017) on the list of first round Finns.

"I think I'm a defenceman who likes to play with the puck, give smart passes and read the game well." said Heinola.

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Jets select Heinola in the first round of the 2019 Draft

Heinola, 18, tallied 14 points (2G, 12A) in 34 games with Lukko in Liiga last season

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, June 21, 2019 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they selected defenceman Ville Heinola with the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

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Maurice looking forward to new face-off and challenge rules in 2019-20

"It will improve as technology improves" - Maurice on expanded video review

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Paul Maurice spent most of his day on Thursday in meetings put on by the National Hockey League's Coaches Association, but there was one person that he really looked forward to chatting with - New York Rangers head coach David Quinn.

After all, who better to ask about newly acquired defenceman Neal Pionk than the man who coached him through his first full pro season?

"I watch quite a bit of video on any player that we trade and I'll have questions," said Maurice.

"'Why did you take him away from Marc Staal here?' And the answer isn't about Neal, it's about another injury and they had to make a shift. You get that kind of information and it's good."

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