Name: Zachary Yuen
Drafted: 2011 4th round (119th overall) by Winnipeg
Our second straight 2011 draftee should lend some insight into how poor the Jets system is. Though the 2011 draft didn’t address areas of need I do think that Chevy did a nice job in mixing in some safe picks with some higher ceiling ones. Yuen is in the latter group. He had 8 goals and 32 points for Tri-City (WHL) last year, and this summer was the first Chinese defenseman to ever be drafted.
Yuen has gone through a growth spurt in recent years, and that has allowed him to play with more of an edge. Due to his good counting stats in the WHL I think it’s safe to say he has the potential to put up some good offensive numbers in his career as well.
Due to his youth Yuen’s future is uncertain, and it is highly possible that he will flame out. Still, his physical maturation led to his hockey skills taking a big jump, and once he learns how to play a little bit more he could very well be a serviceable 2nd pairing defenseman as well as a contributor on the power play.