I plan to spend the next couple weeks looking at a few players that might be drafted by the Winnipeg Jets with their 9th overall pick (assuming they don’t trade it away). Last year, I was pretty high on Ryan Strome but unfortunately his stock kept rising and eventually was taken by the New York Islanders before Winnipeg could get their hands on him. This year I want to look at a couple prospects but leading the pack for me so far is Finnish right winger Teuvo Teravainen.
Name: Teuvo Teravainen
Team: Jokerit (Finland)
Hometown: Helsinki, Finland
Teravainen can become an offensive presence that the Jets sorely lack. He won’t be inserted into any NHL lineup right away but his seven points in five game performance at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge followed by an eight points in six games at the Under-18 proves that he has the potential to be a great scoring threat. He is a natural playmaker and has all the skill, hands, and vision to play big league hockey. Like most players his age he will just need to work on his skating a bit. Listed at 5’11″ isn’t small but it definitely isn’t big either so he will need to bulk up to compete at the NHL level.
I think he is a good fit for the Jets. He is probably the best winger in the draft outside of projected number one and number two overall draft picks Nail Yakupov and Filip Forsberg. That being said, he might go earlier than when the Jets pick 9th overall, however, if he is available I don’t think they should pass him up. After him the stock at winger gets pretty thin so this is an opportunity to draft an offensively talented Finnish player, which is something Winnipeg isn’t all too unfamiliar with doing. Not saying he is the next Teemu Selanne but he definitely has a lot of *puts on sunglasses* “flash” to his game.