Grading The Winnipeg Jets Draft: Rounds 5 – 7

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 five through seven.   

Round 5 – C.J. Franklin

Selected  129th overall in the 5th round.

Grade – D  This pick may have been a bit of a stretch.  Maybe Franklin turns out to be a late bloomer with big potential but I highly doubt it.  C.J. Franklin is an under-sized forward that is almost two years older that most players in this draft class.   He was just under a point per player in a second tier league.   A long shot to say the least.

League:  USHL     Team:  Sioux Falls Stampede   Position:  LW     Shoots:  Left

DOB:  Mar. 17, 1994     Birthplace:  Forest Lake, MN    Height: 5’11     Weight:  190

2013-14  USHL –  Games: 53   G: 22   A: 29  Pts: 21  PIM: 43   Plus/Minus: 19

2013-14  U18 WJAC –  Games: 4   G: 1   A: 2  Pts:  3  PIM: 6   Plus/Minus: 0  

Achievements:  

1.  Represented the United States  2013-14 World Junior “A” Championship (Gold). 

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

Scouting Buzzwords: C.J. Franklin is a good skating, hard working forward that relies on his speed to generate offence.  Competes in both ends.  Attending Minnesota State University at Mankato should help further his development. 

Round 6 –  Pavel Kraskovsky 

Selected  164th overall in the 6th round.

Grade – B  Nothing to lose with this selection.  The 6th round isn’t a bad spot to pick a big player that scored very well in the Russian Jr. League.  The big team in Jaroslav (KHL) thought enough of him to have him play in 8 games as a 17 year old.  This pick is low risk and could be very high reward.  Well done Winnipeg Jets.

League:  KHL     Team:  Lokomotiv Yaroslavl   Position:  C   Shoots:  Left

DOB:  Sept. 11, 1996     Birthplace:  Yaroslav, RU   Height: 6’4     Weight:  190

2013-14  KHL –  Games: 8   G: 1   A: 0  Pts: 1  PIM: 14   Plus/Minus: +1

2013-14  MHL –  Games: 39   G: 10   A: 17  Pts: 27  PIM: 16   Plus/Minus: +22

Achievements:    

1.  Represented Russia at the 2012-13 U17 WHC (Silver).  

2.  Represented Russia 2013-14 World Junior “A” Championship (Silver).

3.  Drafted 55th overall in the 2nd round of the 2013 KHL Draft by Lokomotiv Yaroslav.

Scouting Buzzwords:  A big winger with a decent scoring touch.  He is reported to be a very hard working forward in both ends of the ice that also works hard on his  defensive game.  He will need to bulk up his 6’4 frame to be effective in the pro game 

Round 7 – Matt Ustaski

Selected  192nd overall in the 7th round. 

Grade – C+  Another overage (20 years old) big winger that is strickly a “size pick”.  Once again another long-shot based on his age and numbers but if you are going to gamble on size the 7th round is the place to try it.  No rush for this prospect as he will be attending the U of Wisconsin. He’ll be in good hands with Badger’s coach Mike Eaves.  Still a NHL longsot at this time.  

League:  BCHL     Team:  Langley Rivermen   Position:  C/LW  Shoots:  Left

DOB:  May.27, 1994    Birthplace:  Glenview, IL   Height: 6’6     Weight:  220

2013-14  BCHL –  Games: 54  G: 29   A: 20  Pts: 49  PIM: 30   Plus/Minus: na

Achievements:

1.  Member of 2013-14 BCHL Champion Langley Rivermen.

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

Scouting Buzzwords:  You can’t teach size!  Matt Ustaski is a big hard working forward (C/LW) with a decent scoring touch that works hard in all three zones.  He is also a decent skater with a very good shot.  Once again low risk with a potential high reward.       

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