The Winnipeg Jets like to build from within. It’s a theme that this organization has followed since returning to Winnipeg.
It’s sort of the theme that the organization likes to live by.
You won’t see the Jets signing superstars in free agency every year. You won’t see them trading away young prospects or draft picks for old veterans or soon-to-be unrestricted free agents. You won’t see them waste prospects for a rugged attempt at a playoff run.
Kevin Cheveldayoff knows where the Jets stand. He understands that championship teams aren’t built without building through the draft.
The Jets build through the draft. And it’s working.
Cheveldayoff and the rest of the Jets management have done a great job at drafting since they took the team over in 2011. Cheveldayoff's plan—since day one—revolved around the draft.
Preaching patience will soon pay off because it’s the young prospects that the Jets have been drafting who will soon emerge as superstars.
The Jets are starting to build a solid foundation of prospects. Some of them are household names that people will start to notice. A lot of them aren’t known yet. Regardless, the scouts deserve much credit in targeting these players.
My latest edition of the Jets’ top 10 prospects has a lot of new faces on it. Some are ranked much higher than before while some have fallen off quite a bit. Some may even surprise you.
First up, coming in at number 10…