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Busy weekend for Jets at NHL Draft Posted by IceCaps on

Trouba selected with first pick; Pavelec resigned

The Winnipeg Jets, NHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps, selected six players at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

With their first selection in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the Winnipeg Jets selected defenceman Jacob Trouba.

Trouba, 18, played in 52 games with the U.S. National Development Team of the USHL last season. In that time he recorded 31 points (9G, 22A) along with 65 penalty minutes.

Trouba proved to be a powerhouse on the blueline in both the Under-18 World Junior Championship and the World Juniors. Trouba and Team USA captured their second straight Gold Medal in the Under-18 tournament with a commanding 7-0 win over Sweden. The Rochester, Michigan native recorded a goal, three points and a plus-five rating in six games. Trouba was also the youngest player named to Team USA’s 2012 World Junior squad. The year prior, Trouba was named Captain of the U-17 team who played their tournament in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The right-handed defenceman has committed to play the 2012-13 season for the University of Michigan.

After selecting Trouba in round one on Friday, the Jets selected Lukas Sutter, Scott Kosmachuk, Connor Hellebuyck, Ryan Olsen and Jamie Phillips on Saturday.

Selected in the second round (39th overall), Sutter, 18, played in 70 games with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL last season. In that time he recorded 59 points (28G, 31A) along with 165 penalty minutes.

“We really like the way he plays,” said Winnipeg Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff of Sutter. “He provides a lot of sandpaper for us, and in the prospect category he’s someone that is very determined to play. In from the interview process, and with the way he plays, we’re really excited to get him.”

Selected in the third round (70th overall), Kosmachuk, 18, played in 67 games with the Guelph Storm of the OHL last season. In that time he recorded 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) along with 110 penalty minutes.

“With Scott Kosmachuk we’re really excited to add a player that has a good combination of skill, but is a great character player as well,” explained Cheveldayoff. “We see a tremendous upside in his game, really solid person, and to get him were we picked, we feel very fortunate.”

The Jets added Olsen, another forward, in the sixth round. Selected 160th overall, Olsen, 18, played in 67 games with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL last season. In that time he recorded 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) along with 64 penalty minutes.

“With Olsen we’re getting a big centreman that had a really good second half,” said the Jets’ General Manager. “He’s a 6-foot-3, two-way centreman that our scouts really liked the progression from the beginning to the end of the season.”

Two goaltenders were picked by the Winnipeg Jets, Hellebuyck in the fifth round, and Phillips in the seventh round. Hellebuyck, 19, played in 53 games with the Odessa Jackalopes of the NAHL last season and finished with a record of 26-21-5 and a save percentage of 0.930. Phillips played in 11 games with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the OJHL last season, finishing with a record of 4-4-2 and a save percentage of 0.917.

The Jets also made a couple of moves to shore up their goaltending situation, resigning starter Ondrej Pavelec and acquiring pending free agent Jonas Gustavsson from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional 7th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. The Jets will have exclusive negotiating rights to Gustavsson up until the beginning of free agency on July 1.

Pavelec, 24, appeared in 68 games with the Winnipeg Jets last season where he earned a 29-28-9 record, 2.91 goals against average and 0.906 save percentage. He ranked fifth in the league in overall games played as well as fifth overall in shots against (2,036) and saves (1,845). Last season, he set new career-highs in games played, minutes, wins, and saves.

The Kladno, Czech Republic native has played in 187 career NHL games between Atlanta and Winnipeg for a career 70-79-25 record, 2.99 goals against average and 0.907 save percentage.

He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the second round, 41st overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft.

Gustavsson, 27, played in 42 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season where he earned a 17-17-4 record, 2.92 goals against average and 0.902 save percentage.

The Danderyd, Sweden native has played in 107 career NHL games with the Maple Leafs for a career 2.98 goals against average and 0.900 save percentage.

He represented Team Sweden at the 2009 and 2010 IIHF World Championship, winning the bronze medal in both tournaments.

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