Just two more groups left and then the introduction to your new Winnipeg Jets will be complete. Today we have the left wingers, which might be the strongest group in the organization.
I already covered Andrew Ladd, so let’s move on.
Drafted: 2009 1st round (4th overall) by Atlanta
From: Vancouver (WHL)
Kane is destined to be a fan favorite in Winnipeg. He is a tough, gritty player (as evidenced by his Matt Cooke ass kicking) and also is a very good player. He improved almost across the board from his rookie year, and had the 2nd most ice time among forwards behind only the captain. He had some protected minutes (54.5% Ozone starts) but played against the second toughest competition on the team, behind only Ladd. He also played well on the penalty kill last year in semi limited minutes.
Drafted: 1994 9th round (234th overall) by NYR
Um, Boulton fights a lot and doesn’t play real hockey. That’s all I have to say about that.
Carl Klingberg – The 20 year old has played well in the SEL, though maybe not goal scoring wise, and adds some size on the wing with a 6’3″. 205 lb frame.
Jason Gregoire – The former USHL player of the year and standout at the University of North Dakota looks to me like he could one day be an Andrew Ladd clone.
Jordan Samuels-Thomas – Samuels-Thomas led Bowling Green in scoring this year with 9 goals and 21 points. Low totals, but the CCHA is a very defensive league. He was 59th in ppg and 38th in goals per game.
Nicklas Lasu – The Swede is a pretty small guy who has to get by on toughness and scrapiness.