Saturday, June 23, 2012

Jets Draft Day: Lacks Fuel and Passion

I for one am as underwhelmed with the Jets first round selection in the 2012 entry draft as I was overwhelmed with the team performance last season. I know that:
i. 8 of the first 10 picks in round 1 were d-men;
ii. Mr. Trouba came highly recommended by ex-Jet Danton Cole
iii.He is a big kid (only 18) and has room to grow as his Dad and Grandfather are both 6'8

The thing that underwhelms me is that he has no chance to make an immediate impact as he is still 2 to 3 years away from playing for the Jets. Last year the Jets first pick at least attended training camp and played 9 games with the big club. Trouba will be watching games like the rest of us.

I know the team has a plan but the hype leading up to the draft, not from the Jets, led me to believe that there were impact players out there who could jump into an NHL uniform for the 2012-2013 season, If there is going to be one and I guess that is the big 'IF". I am a mere arm chair G.M. with no inside knowledge but it could be that Chevy is hedging his bets that there won't be a  season and he has nothing to lose by drafting a big tough kid who could be paired with big buff and give the team some much needed toughness on defence.

To be fair the Jets were picking from 9th spot not first, second or third spot and maybe they have other plans in the works to get us a top line center player to play with Kane or Wheeler or who ever will make up our first line. 

The other thing is that nothing can top last years first round selection as it was the first pick of the new Jets era and first time we heard the teams name. We were all caught up in the euphoria of having the NHL back but now with season one in the books, the only real 'firsts' left are for the team to make the playoffs, to win Lord Stanley's Cup and in my mind to find a legitimate first line, which this draft does not seem to have.

Article by Sportmentary's Winnipeg correspondent, The Comish.

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