The regular has started in the NCAA, so we will take a look at how our potential future Winnipeg Jets have performed.
2010 6th Round: C Tanner Lane; 8GP, 1G, 4A, 5PT, -1, 4 PIM, 13 SOG
Tanner Lane has picked up the offensive numbers and the jump in shots per game makes it seem sustainable, although he still has a long way to go before he becomes a legitimate prospect at twenty-two years of age. Lane only has one more season of college eligibility due him entering the NCAA late in his career.
2010 7th Round: LD Peter Stoykewych; 8 GP, 1G, 2A, 3 PTS, -2, 10 PIM, 12 SOG
After being one of (if not the) worst teams in the NCAA last season, Colorado College's captain Stoykewych was hoping to lead his team this season. Stoykewych currently paces with career best numbers, but the 2-6-0 record for CC is not much in improvement.
2011 3rd Round: RD Brennan Serville; 32GP, 0G, 3A, 3PTS, +2, 14PIM, 17 SOG
The third round has been good to the Jets, with Scott Kosmachuk, Adam Lowry, JC Lipon, Jimmy Lodge, and Jack Glover all being serviceable prospects. Selected almost immediately after Adam Lowry, Serville has been a bit of a disappointment. He's struggled with injuries and also struggled to be a meaningful player in Michigan four years in a row. His numbers also appear to be trending downward.
2011 6th Round: G Jason Kasdorf; 9 GP, 259 SA, 0.919 SV%
After a remarkable break out season as a freshman, there were a lot of high hopes for Kasdorf. Unfortunately a shoulder injury requiring surgery cut his season shorter than two full games. Kasdorf is looking to bounce back and has been pacing pretty well with a 0.919 save percentage.
2011 7th Round: LD Aaron Harstad; 8 GP, 2G, 0A, 2PTS, -4, 6 PIM, 11 SOG
Harstad is the one draft season younger -although also a senior- teammate of Peter Stoykewych. While Stoykewych mans the top pair, Harstad tends to play on the second pair as a shot blocking, stay-at-home type defenseman. He has also a slapper of shot, which is often used on the second power play, although has never converted to large goal totals.
2012 7th Round: G Jamie Philips; 8 GP, 211 SA, 0.957
After playing second fiddle to the now graduated Pheonix Copley for two seasons, Phillips is starting to play more games. He is also finally showing that he deserves the expanded role with an excellent 0.957 and a player of the week nod. How much of this is sustainable remains to be seen with the voodoo that is goaltending, but playing the odds with the combination of Eric Comrie, Connor Hellebuyck with Phillips and Kasdorf is the way to go.
2013 4th Round (2012 eligible): C Andrew Copp; 7 GP, 1G, 2A, 3 PTS, -4, 26 PIM, 22 SOG
Copp has struggled off the start, although it seems to be predominately shooting percentage driven. With blue-chip prospect Dylan Larkin on the team, there is a chance that Copp may get less prime-scoring minutes but Copp's shots per game seems to indicate Copp is handling his assignments quite well. In time we should expect his scoring rates to jump up to at least similar levels as last year when his shooting percentage regresses to normal.
2013 5th Round (2011 eligible): RD Tucker Poolman; 8 GP, 3G, 0A, 3 PTS, +3, 2 PIM, 15 SOG
Poolman struggled at first to earn ice time as a freshman, but -with the help of a 20% shooting percentage and some strong play- the young defenceman is starting to earn his keep and gain more responsibilities as time goes on. His performance has been strong, although it must be reminded that this is his Draft+4 season technically.
2014 3rd Round: RD Jack Glover; 4 GP, 0G, 1A, 1 PT, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Glover, like Poolman, has struggled to get regular games in. Minnesota's team is deep, with seven! drafted defensemen to choose from. He has bounced between the second and third pairing for the games he has played. Glover has some extremely solid tools with NHL top four potential if developed right in the NCAA.
2014 5th Round (2012 eligible): LW C.J. Franklin; 10 GP, 2G, 6A, 8 PTS, +3, 11 PIM, 12 SOG
Franklin has worked his way up to the top line for Minnesota State, which is a pretty big deal as a freshman. If he can stick around, the Jets could be looking at a late round gem. Although, to be fair Franklin is an older freshman like Ustaski and Poolman. There wasn't much change between 2012-13 and 2013-14 numbers for Franklin, so I'm interested to why Franklin was skipped over the previous season.
2014 7th Round (2012 eligible): LW/C Matt Ustaski; 6 GP, 1G, 0A, 1 PTS, -1, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
Ustaski has been a regular for Wisconsin's third line on the wing. It will be interesting to see whether or not Wisconsin develops the 6'5" forward as a winger or a centre in the long term. Ustaski has scored one goal, but hasn't contributed much beyond that as of yet.