Despite not having a first round pick, the Winnipeg Jets added six young prospects to their organization on Saturday at the 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft in Dallas.
The Jets selected forward David Gustafsson in the second round, 60th overall. The 18-year-old played for HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League last season. He also won a bronze medal with Sweden at the 2018 U18 World Championship.
The Jets grabbed another forward in the third round, picking American Nathan Smith 91st overall. The 19-year-old led the USHL’s Cedar Rapids Rough Riders in scoring last season with 47 points in 51 games. Smith will play with the Minnesota State Mavericks of the NCAA next season.
From there, the Jets drafted two defencemen from the Ontario Hockey League in the fifth round — Declan Chisholm of the Peterborough Petes and Giovanni Vallati of the Kitchener Rangers. The team also selected goaltender and Minnesota native Jared Moe in the sixth round and forward Austin Wong in the seventh round.
The Jets traded away their first round pick in February when they acquired forward Paul Stastny from St. Louis.
Eight Manitobans were drafted by NHL teams on Saturday. They include:
- Jett Woo from Winnipeg. The defenceman was taken in the second round by the Vancouver Canucks.
- Calen Addison from Brandon. The defenceman was taken in the second round by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Riley Stotts from Winnipeg. The centre was drafted in the third round by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Connor Dewar from The Pas. The centre was selected in the third round by the Minnesota Wild.
- Joel Hofer from Winnipeg. The goaltender was taken in the fourth round by the St. Louis Blues.
- Dawson Barteaux from Foxwarren. The defenceman was drafted in the sixth round by the Dallas Stars.
- Matthew Thiessen from Altona. The goaltender was selected in the seventh round by the Vancouver Canucks.
- Jermaine Loewen from Arborg. The left winger was taken in the seventh round by the Dallas Stars.