Winnipeg Jets: Chevy's doing it the right way...sort of

There is a school of thought that goes something like this:

If Kevin Cheveldayoff were to shake up his roster with a trade or two, he would be deviating from his draft-and-develop blueprint. That he would be compromising the Winnipeg Jets' future.

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Evidence clearly indicates that a National Hockey League general manager need not stray from his draft-and-develop strategy in order to construct a championship roster. If he can walk and chew gum at the same time, he can draft and make trades/sign free agents at the same time. More to the point, it is imperative that he swap bodies and lure free agents to his club. If not, he isn't doing his job.

This is what Dean Lombardi has done in Los Angeles, where the Kings recently paraded through the streets of downtown Tinseltown with the Stanley Cup in tow. This is what Stan Bowman has done in Chicago, where the Blackhawks paraded through the streets of the Toddlin' Town in the spring of 2013 (and 2010) with Lord Stanley's chalice in tow.

The Kings (2012, 2014) and Blackhawks (2010, 2013) have claimed four of the past five NHL championships. They did it with shrewd drafting and crafty bartering.

Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins circa 2011 were the last outfit not named Kings or Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup, and the bulk of Peter Chiarelli's Beantown roster was built through trades and free agency.

So, remind me once again why Cheveldayoff can't make trades for fear the Jets' future would be as bleak as a Winnipeg winter.

Here are two more points to consider: Of the 29 players drafted by the 2011-2013-2014 Stanley Cup champions, 20 were plucked outside the first round. Only four of the 29 were top-10 picks.

It's clear that Cheveldayoff is on the right path with his draft-and-develop strategy, but it's also clear that he has to learn how to chew gum and walk at the same time.

Please discuss among yourselves.

L.A. Kings

2014 playoff roster

(12 drafted

11 traded/free agents)

Entry Draft

Drew Doughty, 2nd overall

Dustin Brown, 13th overall

Anze Kopitar, 11th overall

Trevor Lewis, 17th overall

Tanner Pearson, 30th overall

Slava Voynov, 32nd overall

Kyle Clifford, 35th overall

Tyler Toffoli, 47th overall

Jonathan Quick, 72nd overall

Alec Martinez, 95th overall

Dwight King, 109th overall

Jordan Nolan, 186th overall

Trades/Free Agency

Jeff Carter, trade

Marian Gaborik, trade

Justin Williams, trade

Matt Greene, trade

Mike Richards, trade

Jarret Stoll, trade

Robyn Regehr, trade

Willie Mitchell, free agent

Jake Muzzin, free agent

Jeff Schultz, free agent

Martin Jones, free agent

Chicago Blackhawks

2013 playoff roster

(12 drafted

11 traded/free agents)

Entry Draft

Patrick Kane, 1st overall

Jonathan Toews, 3rd overall

Brent Seabrook, 14th overall

Dave Bolland, 32nd overall

Bryan Bickell, 41st overall

Brandon Saad, 43rd overall

Corey Crawford, 52nd overall

Duncan Keith, 54th overall

Niklas Hjalmarsson, 108th

Andrew Shaw, 139th overall

Marcus Kruger, 149th overall

Ben Smith, 169th overall

Trades/Free Agency

Patrick Sharp, trade

Michael Handzus, trade

Michael Frolik, trade

Johnny Oduya, trade

Viktor Stalberg, trade

Nick Leddy, trade

Michal Rozsival, free agent

Marian Hossa, free agent

Daniel Carcillo, free agent

Brandon Bollig, free agent

Sheldon Brookbank, free agent

Boston Bruins

2011 playoff roster

(5 drafted

17 traded/free agents)

Entry Draft

Tyler Seguin, 2nd overall

Patrice Bergeron, 45th overall

Milan Lucic, 50th overall

David Krejci, 63rd overall

Brad Marchand, 71st overall

Trades/Free Agency

Nathan Horton, trade

Mark Recchi, trade

Chris Kelly, trade

Rich Peverley, trade

Dennis Seidenberg, trade

Tomas Kaberle, trade

Andrew Ference, trade

Johnny Boychuk, trade

Daniel Paille, trade

Gregory Campbell, trade

Adam McQuaid, trade

Tuukka Rask, trade

Michael Ryder, free agent

Zdeno Chara, free agent

Shawn Thornton, free agent

Shane Hnidy, free agent

Tim Thomas, free agent

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