There’s no way of knowing for sure if Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff had one of these stuffed into his pocket.
Or maybe a couple of these.
But “Chevy” and the Jets definitely beat the odds by getting the second overall pick in the NHL Draft Lottery Saturday Night in Toronto. Winnipeg only had a 7.5% chance of getting the #1 pick in the June 24th draft at Buffalo after winning their final 4 games of the regular season to finish 25th in the overall standings with a 35-39-8 record.
Toronto had the worst record and won the lottery while Columbus will select 3rd, and Edmonton 4th. After the Maple Leafs select Auston Matthews with the first pick, the Jets will have their choice between Finnish Forwards Patrik Laine or Jesse Puljujarvi.
Laine is a 6-4, 209 pound right winger who starred at the World Junior Tournament in helping lead Finland to a Gold Medal and also scored 10 goals and added 5 assist for 15 points in 18 post season games for Tappara to earn the Finnish League’s Playoff MVP award.
Winnipeg fans will have a chance to watch him play in the World Championship Tournament which gets underway next Friday in Petersburg and Moscow.
Puljujarvi doesn’t turn 18 until a week from today and is also considered a can’t miss prospect. The 6-3, 198 Right Winger has drawn comparisons to former Jet Teemu Selanne.