After having a tough draft+1 year, Winnipeg Jets second round pick Jansen Harkins bounced back in a big way. It is not unheard of for prospects to struggle for whatever reason and it should buoy well for Harkins that he was able to bounce back this season. It should be noted that even with his struggles, Harkins was fourth in team scoring. This past season he led the Prince George Cougars in scoring and the team finished first in the BC Division of the WHL.
Tim: Harkins was discussed as a potential first round pick leading into his the 2015 draft. He slipped to the second and that signaled strong value for the Jets. Harkins hasn't quite lived up to the hype. His production was meh. That said, he plays a pro-styled game and had success in two short stints with the Manitoba Moose. Harkins plays a smart two-way game and he is a very good passer. It will be interesting to see what he does as a rookie pro.
Andy: Harkins is literally entering his 3rd year as a member of the Manitoba Moose. 2 seasons ago, he suited up for 6 games notching 3 points, while appearing in 4 games late last season notching 4 points. In his first full year with the club, Harkins should be able to draw on his previous experience with the club. I'm a fan of Harkins, and I really hope we see him center a line with Connor and Roslovic one day in the NHL.
Brian: I wouldn't use the term "make or break" just yet for Harkins, but we're getting there. I'm still pretty high on the kid and am eager to see how he handles the transition to the pro game. Hoping he can become a good bottom six option down the road for the Jets.