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Winnipeg Jets' 2016 Top 25 Under 25: #15, Brendan Lemieux

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On the cusp of the Jets lies a 2nd generation agitator at #15.

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Overview:

Brendan Lemieux will forever be linked to the big trade that saw Kane and Bogosian join the Sabres, while Lemieux, Stafford, Myers, Armia and a draft pick that eventually turned into Roslovic, came back to the Jets. In finishing his OHL career last year, low-lighted by a suspension and splitting the season between the Barrie Colts and the Windsor Spirtfires, Lemieux played a handful of games with the Moose, notching 3 points in 5 games. It's been said that he almost made the Jets roster after training camp last season, and this will be the first professional year of hockey for Lemieux, and while the jury is still out on which club he will start the season with, you can be rest assured that he will likely be the first on the list for call ups to the Jets if he finds himself with the Moose.

Tyler Parchem from Elite Prospects had this to say about Lemieux in 2014 - "Perfectly fits the cliche has a player you hate to play against but love to have on your team. Like his father Claude, Brendan will drive the opposing team crazy as he is the perfect agitator. Lemieux also has the ability to burn you offensively as he is a top 5 scorer on Barrie. He showed the ability to both agitate and score in the CHL Top Prospects Game. Most likely a 2nd-3rd round NHL pick in June, but could easily move up into the later first round."

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AIH Authors' Thoughts:

Truck

Lemieux has a high end release and an NHL caliber shot - this has netted him a lot of goals in junior, but it is unproven at the pro level. Will he be an agitator or an agitator that can score?

arby

An agitator that can score at the junior level, I'll need to see that scoring touch in the pros before I get too excited. I'm certainly not a fan of his lack of discipline, as the Jets can ill afford a guy who takes more dumb penalties, but I do like agitators that are a plus on the penalty-differential ledger. Maybe he can be that guy. Maybe.

Andy:

Lemieux is the player Chevy coveted during the Kane trade, and to me, some time and seasoning with the Manitoba Moose would do him and his game some good. His last OHL year was a good one, and it seems he is ready for the big leagues. Whether the big leagues is ready for one of the OHL's leading agitators going into this season is another story. Lemieux is going to do what it takes to make it as far as he can.

Trevor:

Lemieux will definitely help an offensively starved Moose team this year. Give him a year or two down there and he could really become a coveted piece on the Jets third or even second line.

Summary:

This prospect has a very good chance of wearing a Jets uniform some time this season, but some seasoning in the AHL is likely the plan the coaching staff has for him come October. What do you think?