WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The Winnipeg Jets have had a busy summer so far. The team will look a lot different this upcoming season.
GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has had his hands full with so many players becoming free agents this off season. His first move was locking up defenceman Grant Clitsome to a three-year deal.
At the 2013 NHL Draft, Cheveldayoff acquired Stanley Cup Champion Michael Frolik from the BlackHawks for the 74th and 134th picks in the draft. Frolik has proven to be a reliable two-way player who will be given a shot to be a top-six forward with the Jets. He was originally drafted 10th overall by Florida in 2006.
The Jets had the 13th pick in round one and selected defenceman Josh Morrisey from the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL.
They also picked WHL scoring leader Nicolas Petan from Portland and sniper J.C. Lipon from Kamloops Blazers and top WHL goalie Eric Comrie younger brother of former NHL center Mike Comrie. These three players were rated to go in the first round or early second round so the Jets may have gotten some steals late.
They also signed defenceman Adam Pardy who played with Buffalo last season and has over 200 games played in his NHL career.
Cheveldayoff also made a big trade sending next year’s second pick in the draft to the Minnesota Wild for right winger Devin Stoguchi who has been a thirty goal scorer in the past and will be a second line winger who they hope regains his scoring touch. He was originally drafted 8th overall by San Jose in 2005.
Matt Halischuk was also signed as a free agent, he spent last season with Nashville.
Winger Alex Burmistrov left the team to play in the KHL as well as defenceman Derek Meech who also left to join the KHL.
The Jets will host their 2013 developmental camp this week with all 2013 draft picks as well as all their top prospects.
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