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Altitude Check: Friday, June 22, 2012 Winnipeg Jets News Headlines

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Hey all! Here is our feature running Monday through Friday that will bring you up to date on what's going on in the media pertaining to the Winnipeg Jets and elsewhere in the NHL.

Ed. Note: Now that we are through with the Stanley Cup Finals, Altitude Check will only be running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Here is what's in the news for Friday June 22, 2012:

BREAKING:

It's Draft Day, Draft Day, gotta get down on Draft Day... Everybody's looking forward to the Jets pick. [NHL]

Recapping each first round pick of the franchise, dating back to Patrick Stefan in 1999. [WFP]

Tim Campbell provides readers with potential draft picks at number 9. Needs more Trouba. [WFP]

Could the Jets be looking to wheel and deal at the Draft tonight? "Having Cheveldayoff pull off a blockbuster deal is a possibility, but it’s far more likely a trade could be to package something up and moving their first-round pick at nine for a chance to move up." The talent they covet will be there at nine, if they choose to move up, it won't be more than two picks. [Winnipeg Sun]

Kevin Cheveldayoff remains optimistic that the Jets will be able to re-sign Evander Kane and Ondrej Pavelec: "Negotiations are ongoing for both of those players and there are other potential players within our organization on the UFA that we’re negotiating with as well. I’m always optimistic. Last year at this point and time, I never had the opportunity to meet with any of the RFAs representatives. We’ve been able to get a jump on that and things turned out pretty well last year." [Winnipeg Sun]

Dustin Byfuglien is all in! Hopefully he's better at poker than defensive coverage (ba-dum-tsh!). [Winnipeg Sun]

Matt Eichel gives his opinion on which of Winnipeg's RFA's should be retained. [Jets All Out]

Apparently the Oilers are still taking offers for tonight's first overall pick. Does that mean they're really set on drafting Ryan Murray? [Calgary Herald]

Should the Oilers sign Justin Schultz, he would immediately become Edmonton's second best defenseman. That's scary. [Edmonton Journal]

Nail Yakpuov would own a bear... or vice-versa... whatever just watch it. [Puck Daddy]

Andrey Osadchenko explains why Mikhail Grigorenko's stock is plummeting. [Jets Nation]

The 2012-13 schedule was released yesterday (as we discussed HERE). Dirk Hoag breaks down the travel miles of each NHL team. [On The Forecheck]

Why the Toronto Maple Leafs are unlikely to make a big splash for Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan or Jordan Staal. [PPP]

Here's some fun: Our SB Nation pals at Lighthouse Hockey have created a choose your own adventure book which chronicles Islanders drafts of old. [Lighthouse Hockey]

Puck Daddy releases the vote totals of Wednesday night's NHL Awards. Wow, Evgeny Malkin. [Puck Daddy]

How Bobby Ryan's availability is hampering the trade value of Rick Nash. [The Hockey News]

Finally, not NHL related, but the NBA is introducing new missile tracking cameras to help them compile advanced stats. What does this mean for the future of advanced stats in hockey? [co.Design]