Grading The Winnipeg Jets Draft: Rounds 2 – 4

The Winnipeg Jets Selected Six Players on the Day 2 of the 2014 NHL Draft —

On day two of the 2014 NHL Draft, the Winnipeg Jets selected six more players. Today, we will review their selections (3 players) for rounds two through four. 

Round 2  No pick

Grade – F  The Winnipeg Jets traded their 2nd round selection at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey to the Minnesota Wild for right winger Devin Setoguchi.  Devin Setoguchi is currently an Unrestricted Free Agent and will not be offered a contract by the Winnipeg Jets.   

Round 3 – Jack Glover

Selected  69th overall in the 3rd round.

Grade – B  Early on in 2013, there was talk of Jack Glover being a possible late 1st round or early 2nd round draft pick.  Once the dust had settled in 2014, the consensus was he was probably a 2nd round pick so the Winnipeg Jets did well to get Glover early in the 3rd round.    

League:  USHL     Team:  U18 USNDT    Position:  RD     Shoots:  Right

DOB:  May 17, 1996     Birthplace:  Golden Valley, MN    Height: 6’3     Weight:  190

2013-14  USHL —  Games: 59   G: 2   A: 26  Pts: 28  PIM: 30   Plus/Minus: na

2013-14  U18 WJC —  Games: 7   G: 1   A: 3  Pts:  4  PIM: 0   Plus/Minus: 2  

Achievements:  

1.  Represented the United States  2013 World U17 (Bronze)  and  2014 U18 (Gold). 

2.  Committed to University of Minnesota for the 2014-15 season. 

Scouting Buzzwords: Good skater with good mobility.  Very good hockey sense. Has a good shot with a quick release.  Competes in both ends.  Glover has an under-rated offensive game.  He will need to bulk up his 6’3 frame and learn to use his size to compete at the next level.  Attending the NCAA’s University of Minnesota will help further his development.  Even though his draft rankings were trending the wrong way, he is still a solid prospect.

Round 4 – Chase De Leo

Selected  99th overall in the 4th round.

Grade – B+  Chase De Leo was flat out a steal in the 4th round!  Most scouts and scouting prognosticators had De Leo ranked as a 2nd round draft pick. Obviously, the rest of the hockey world hasn’t received the MEMO ….. 5’9 and 5’10 skilled players have a place in the right situations.  Look at the Portland WinterHawks!  Players like Brendan Leipsic, Nick Petan and now Chase De Leo are and have been major contributors to the success of their teams.   

League: WHL   Team: Portland WinterHawks  Position: C  Shoots: Left

DOB: Oct. 25, 1995  Birthplace: La Mirada, CA   Height: 5’9  Weight: 175

2013-14  WHL —  Games: 72   G: 39   A: 42  Pts: 81  PIM: 36   Plus/Minus: +49

Chase De Leo

                4th round selection Chase De Leo                     photo courtesy of  WHL.ca

Achievements:  

1.  2012-13 WHL Championship  

2.  Played for Team Cherry in the 2014 CHL Top Prospects game.

Scouting Buzzwords: Very good skater with better than average speed.  Can score goals as well as dish the puck.  Good hockey sense.  Has a good shot with a quick release.  Very solid in the face-off circle, very gritty and plays much bigger than his 5’9 size.  Competes hard in all three zones (200 ft. game).  A steal in the 4th round.  He is also a solid prospect.

Round 4 – Nelson Nogier

Selected  101st overall in the 4th round. 

Grade – C+  Nelson Nogier suffered a season ending shoulder injury during a fight in mid-December.  This definitely affected his draft status.  Once again, the Winnipeg Jets may have a steal in the 4th round as Nelson Nogier was initially ranked as a potential mid-2nd round pick.   

League:  WHL     Team:  Saskatoon Blades  Position:  D  Shoots:  Right

DOB:  May.27, 1996     Birthplace:  Saskatoon, SK   Height: 6’2     Weight:  195

2013-14  WHL —  Games: 37   G: 1   A: 5  Pts: 6  PIM: 25   Plus/Minus: -2

Nelson Nogier

           Nelson Nogier selected 101st overall                 photo courtesy of WHL.ca

Achievements:

1.  Represented Canada (Team Western) at the 2013 U17 WJC.

2.  2013-14 winner of the Darryl K. Seaman Memorial Trophy for WHL Scholastic Player of the Year.

Scouting Buzzwords:   Nelson Nogier is your prototypical shutdown defenceman.  He doesn’t get involved much in the offensive part of the game but makes a good first pass and has a good shot.  Nogier is a good skater with very good mobility.  He has a very high compete level and plays hard and tough in his own end.  Nelson Nogier wears an “A” for the Blades and is a leader on the ice and in the dressing room.

Nelson Nogier on leadership —

“Being a leader is something I don’t really have to think about; it just comes naturally.  I like helping guys out and working with them.  I want to be someone that younger guys can come to with questions.”

Nelson Nogier on his game —

“I take pride in the defensive zone and I try to be tough to play against and not make too many mistakes.”

 

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