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Winnipeg Jets 2014 Draft Day Thread and Key Story Lines

A look at some key story lines as the 2014 NHL Draft approaches.

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Will the Winnipeg Jets move a core piece of their roster on draft day?

Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien's names have been buzzing around draft tabkes like mosquitoes in Winnipeg. They are everywhere and it is fricking annoying at this point. Odds are probably still against either guy being moved, but anything is possible. If such a move does go down, it will dramatically impact draft day for Jets fans.

Will Florida or any other team trade a top 10 pick?

Winnipeg Jets trade rumors have largely been tied to the first overall pick in the draft, but the Jets aren't the only team rumored to be making such a play. Edmonton and the New York Islanders are also said to be open to trades that will improve them over the short term. This kind of talk takes place every year, but often fizzles. It sure is exciting when it happens though.

Will Kevin Chevldayoff draft a European in the first round?

This isn't really an important storyline. Chevy could draft a European skater as he did twice a year ago. Then again, he may not. Neglecting to draft a Euro doesn't necessarily point to an anti-Euro bias, but drafting one at #9 would surely end all such speculation.

What kind of player will the Winnipeg Jets draft?

This sort of plays back into the Euro talk, even if it has nothing to do with Europeans. Just looking at forwards, there are a couple of styles of players that should be available in the Winnipeg Jets draft range. 
Option 1: Power forwards. Ritchie, Perlini, Virtanen, Kempe Tuch and Larkin all fit this mold.

Option 2: Speedy undersized skill. Ehlers, Fiala, Nylander, Kapanen and Fabbri are all sub 6'0.

Drafting a defenseman is also an option, but the two separate styles of forwards in this draft will add a little drama. The fact that the separation in styles is largely tied to which side of the Atlantic Ocean these players were born on (Kempe and Fabbri aside) adds another wrinkle.

Which USNDP player will get picked first?

Depending on which rankings you read it could be either Dylan Larkin, Tuch or Sonny Milano. Corey Pronman has Milano ranked as the best of this bunch, but each can be found listed as the cream of the USNDP crop. It will be interesing to see what NHL general managers think. These guys could all be in play for the Winnipeg Jets at #9 overall.

One Last time, here is Terrel's top 60:

1. D Aaron Ekblad (Barrie, OHL) -

2. C Samuel Bennett (Kingston, OHL) -

3. C/LW Leon Draisaitl (Prince Albert, WHL) -

4. C William Nylander (MODO, SHL) -

5. C Sam Reinhart (Kootenay, WHL) -

6. C/LW Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa, OHL) -

7. RW Alex Tuch (US National Development Program, USHL) -

8. C Dylan Larkin (US National Development Program, USHL) -

9. C Adrian Kempe (MODO, SHL) -

10. RW/LW Nick Ritchie (Peterborough, OHL) -

11. RW Jake Virtanen (Calgary, WHL) -

12. LW Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax, QMJHL) -

13. RW David Pastrnak (Sodertalje, ALK) -

14. LW Kevin Fiala (HV71, SHL) -

15. C Jared McCann (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) -

16. C Nick Schmaltz (Green Bay, USHL) -

17. LW Jakub Vrana (Linkoping, SHL) -

18. G Thatcher Demko (Boston College, H-EAST) -

19. LW Nikita Scherbak (Saskatoon, WHL) -

20. D Julius Honka (Swift Current, WHL) -

21. LW Brendan Perlini (Niagara, OHL) -

22. C Jayce Hawryluk (Brandon, WHL) -

23. C/LW Sonny Milano (US National Development Progran, USHL) -

24. D Roland McKeown (Kingston, OHL) -

25. D Haydn Fleury (Red Deer, WHL) -

26. RW Nikolai Goldobin (Sarnia, OHL) -

27. D Jack Glover (US National Development Program, USHL) -

28. LW Ivan Barbashev (Moncton, QMJHL) -

29. C Robby Fabbri (Guelph, OHL) -

30. RW/C Nick Magyar (Kitchener, OHL) -

31. RW Kasperi Kapanen (KalPa, SM-Liiga) -

32. D Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia, OHL) -

33. G Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth, OHL) -

34. D Travis Sanheim (Calgary, WHL)

35. C Vladislav Kamenev (Metallurg, KHL) -

36. D Jack Dougherty (US National Development Program, USHL) -

37. C Connor Bleackley (Red Deer, WHL) -

38. C Ryan MacInnis (Kitchener, OHL) -

39. C/LW John Quenneville (Brandon, WHL) -

40. LW Brendan Lemieux (Barrie, OHL) -

41. LW/RW Juho Lammikko (Assat U20, Jr. A SM-Liiga) -

42. C/RW Joshua Ho-Sang (Windsor, OHL) -

43. LW Shane Eiserman (Dubuque, USHL) -

44. LW/RW Anton Karlsson (Frolunda J20, SuperElit) -

45. D Adam Ollas Mattsson (Djurgarden J20, SuperElit) -

46. C Warren Foegele (St. Andrews College, CAHL) -

47. C Eric Cornel (Peterborough, OHL) -

48. D Blake Siebenaler (Niagara, OHL) -

49. D Gavin Bayreuther (St. Lawrence University, ECAC) -

50. G Ville Husso (HIFK, SM-Liiga) -

51. C Brayden Point (Moose Jaw, WHL) -

52. D Brycen Martin (Swift Current, WHL) -

53. LW Justin Kirkland (Kelowna, WHL) -

54. D Julius Bergman (Frolunda J20, SuperElit) -

55. RW/LW Ondrej Kase (KLH Chomutov, ELH) -

56. C Lucas Wallmark (Lulea, SHL) -

57. D Dominik Masin (HC Slavia Praha U20, Czech U20) -

58. C Chase De Leo (Portland, WHL) -

59. D Nikita Tryamkin (Yekaterinburg, KHL) -

60. RW Richard Nejecchleb (Brandon, WHL) -

HM: C Colby Cave (Swift Current, WHL), G Mason McDonald (Charlottetown, QMJHL), C Alex Schoenborn (Portland, WHL), D Jake Walman (Toronto Jr., OJHL), RW Spencer Watson (Kingston, OHL)

And here is the draft order for the first round:

1. Florida Panthers

2. Buffalo Sabres

3. Edmonton Oilers

4. Calgary Flames

5. NY Islanders Islanders

6. Vancouver Canucks

7. Carolina Hurricanes

8. Toronto Maple Leafs

9. Winnipeg Jets

10. Anaheim Ducks

11. Nashville Predators

12.  Arizona Coyotes

13.  Washington Capitals

14.  Dallas Stars

15.  Detroit Redwings

16.  Columbus Blue Jackets

17.  Philadelphia Flyers

18.  Minnesota Wild

19.  Tampa Bay Lightning

20.  San Jose Sharks

21.  St. Louis Blues

22.  Pittsburgh Penguins

23.  Colorado Avalanche

24.  Anaheim Ducks

25.  Boston Bruins

26.  Montreal  Canadiens

27.  Chicago Blackhawks

28.  New York Rangers

29.  Los Angeles Kings

30.  New Jersey Devils

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