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2012 Draft blog: June 23rd

The 2012 NHL Draft wraps up the second day in speedy fashion.

Saturday, 23.06.2012 / 1:31 PM / Jets Journal
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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2012 Draft blog: June 23rd

It's hard to believe that the 2012 NHL Draft is over. The six rounds on the second day of the draft definitely move a lot quicker then the first round, but today had to be a record. The second round kicked off shortly after 10:00 am Eastern time and took just under three hours to complete.

Once the Columbus Blue Jackets announced their 31st selection, it was less than 15 minutes before Winnipeg  announced their 39th pick, Lukas Sutter from the Saskatoon Blades. Lukas, son of Rich Sutter becomes the latest Sutter to join the National Hockey League from a huge list of professional hockey family members.

Sutter has spent the last two seasons with the Blades and showed significant improvement this season. The top line forward finished with 28 goals, 31 assists for 59 points in 70 games and added a pair of assists in the four-game short playoff exit.

He made his way to the interview room to chat with media and as expected, he was all smiles and very excited to be named a Winnipeg Jet.

"I can't even begin to put it into words, it was unbelievable. It's stressful when you get in there and it starts going so fast but once it's done, it's done, and it's truly unbelievable.To go to a hockey market like Winnipeg is a tremendous honour and I'm very proud to be a part of it."

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff commented on what he liked about the newest Sutter.

"We like the way he plays. He provides a lot of sandpaper for us and in the prospect category, he is someone who is very determined to play. Between the interview process and the way he plays, we were really excited we were able to get him."

As expected, there were a few, not a lot, of interesting moves and one big one involving the Winnipeg Jets and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Winnipeg Jets acquired rights to goaltender Jonas Gustavsson from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft meaning that if the Jets do not sign Gustavsson, the 7th round pick next year will still belong to the Jets.

A lot of eyebrows were raised especially from Winnipeg media. What does this mean for Chris Mason and even more so, does this have anything to do with Ondrej Pavelec?

"Jonas is a goaltender who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent," Cheveldayoff explained to media after the draft. "We'll get an opportunity to chat with him and look at some of the history with respect to him as he's had some medical issues and stuff like that.

"The Pavelec situation is totally separate than this. This is more of an opportunity to look at and talk to a UFA person before the July 1st deadline."

The are still four more picks to be made in the day....... With the third round selection (70th overall), the Jets picked up Scott Kosmachuk from the Guelph Storm (OHL).

The right-winger is coming off of a similar season point-wise as Sutter, recording 30 goals and 29 assists for 59 points in his sophomore season. Kosmachuk seemed like a very happy-go-lucky spirit with nothing but smiles and laughs to share. He's genuinely grateful and looking forward to being a part of the organization.

The Jets did not have a fourth pick but with their fifth they selected Connor Hellebuyck (130th overall), a 6-foot-4 goalie from the Odessa Jackelopes of the NAHL. With their sixth pick they went back to the Saskatoon Blades to select another centreman Ryan Olsen.

Finally with their seventh pick, they found another goalie, Jaimie Phillips, a 6-foot-2 netminder from the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the OJHL.

And that about wraps up the 2012 NHL Draft with six new Winnipeg Jets on the prospect list. In the coming weeks, we will be getting to know these new players and sharing more about them with Jets fans as the prospect development camp is just around the corner.

Thanks for joining us at the draft this year and following along with JetsTV.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 49 17 23 10 40
B. Little 49 18 20 10 38
B. Wheeler 49 13 23 11 36
D. Byfuglien 49 12 20 9 32
M. Perreault 46 15 14 2 29
M. Frolik 49 10 16 6 26
M. Scheifele 49 7 19 4 26
E. Kane 34 10 12 6 22
A. Lowry 48 6 9 3 15
J. Trouba 33 5 9 5 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 14 4 2 .935 1.90
O. Pavelec 12 11 6 .911 2.52
 
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