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Our Jets prospect report, featuring our take on the Jets’ top 10 prospects and stats on the Moose and other players in the system.

2017 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7
 Dylan Samberg is interviewed after being selected 43rd overall by the Winnipeg Jets during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

With the 2017-2018 campaign officially behind us, we take a look back at how the Winnipeg Jets prospects did during this past season (and any applicable playoff action).

Gone from the Top 10 list are Erik Foley (St. Louis Blues property now) and Jordy Stallard (re-entering NHL Entry Draft).

Top 10 Prospects

1. Kristian Vesalainen (19) - Karpat/HPK Hameenlinna (SM-liiga) -
Regular Season - 49 GP - 22G - 21A - 43PTS - 6PIM
Playoffs - 18 GP - 4G - 4A - 8PTS - 14PIM

I don’t know what it would take for Kristian Vesalainen to be bumped from top spot other than getting called up to the big club. His presence on the power play is a lot like that of Patrik laine and Alex Ovechkin, except Vesalainen is left handed and his one-timers come from the opposite circle. I can just imagine Blake Wheeler setting up these two kids for one-timers. It’s a great thought.

2. Sami Niku (21) - Manitoba Moose (AHL) -
Regular Season - 76 GP - 16G - 38A - 54PTS - 30PIM
Playoffs - 9 GP - 1G - 2A - 3PTS - 2PIM
Winnipeg Jets Regular Season: 1GP - 1G - 0A - 1PTS - 0PIM

I look forward to the camp battle Sami Niku is bound to go through in order to gain a spot on the Jets 2018-2019 roster. I think he has a good chance at getting one, with the highly likely departure of Toby Enstrom. Josh Morrissey, Dmitry Kulikov, and Ben Chiarot will all still be under contract next season, so he’ll have to earn himself a spot in the top-6, or there will be more time with the Moose in his future.

3. Mason Appleton (22) - Manitoba Moose (AHL) -
Regular Season - 76GP - 22G - 44A - 66PTS - 57PIM
Playoffs - 2 GP - 0G - 1A - 1PTS - 2PIM

The AHL rookie of the year came in fourth in AHL points, the right winger transitioned very well to the pro game. A concussion ended his playoffs prematurely, but he could be in the mix for a roster spot next year depending on what becomes of the bevvy of restricted free agent forwards.

4. C.J. Suess (24) - Minnesota State U - Mankato (NCAA) - 40GP - 22G - 21A - 43PTS - 53PIM Manitoba Moose Regular Season: 6GP - 1G - 1A - 2PTS - 2PIM
Manitoba Moose Playoffs: 3GP - 0G - 1A - 1PTS - 0PIM

One of the Top 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, Suess netted over a point-per-game for Minnesota State U - Mankato, before joining up with the Manitoba Moose on an amateur tryout for the conclusion of their season and a few playoff games. Suess would have been eligible for free agency, but signed a one-year deal with the Jets on March 25.

5. Mikhail Berdin (20) - Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) -
Regular Season - 45GP - 24-13-3 - 2.65GAA - .921 SV% - 1 SO
Playoffs - 3GP - 1-1-0 - 4.48GAA - .891 SV% - 0 SO

The USHL playoffs did not go the way Mikhail wanted them to go, but he still managed to earn himself a three-year entry level contract on May 19, so I would imagine him getting time with the Moose next year.

6. Logan Stanley (20) - Kitchener Rangers (OHL) -
Regular Season: 61 GP - 15G - 27A - 42PTS - 93PIM
Playoffs: 19 GP - 4G - 12A - 16PTS - 93PIM

Stanley and the Kitchener Rangers went to a seventh game in their conference finals, before losing out to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. His 16 points in the playoffs ranked him in a tie for third amongst defenders, despite missing out on the finals.

7. Skyler McKenzie (20) - Portland Winterhawks (WHL)-
Regular Season: 72GP - 47G - 40A - 87PTS - 54PIM
Playoffs: 12GP - 3G - 5A - 8PTS - 0PIM
Moose Playoffs: 3GP - 1G - 0A - 1PTS - 0PIM

An undersized forward putting up big points for the Portland Winterhawks, I give you Nic Petan Skyler McKenzie! After wrapping up his time on the West Coast, McKenzie got a look with the Moose during the playoffs on an amateru tryout and netted his first pro goal. Will he still be in the system next year?

8. Dylan Samberg (19) - Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA)- 28GP - 0G - 6A - 6PTS - 33PIM

A bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship may not have been exactly what Dylan Samberg was looking for, but he and his Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs pulled off a stunning march to a national championship in the NCAA Frozen Four. He was part of a team with four freshman defenders that gelled really well as the season went along.

9. Nic Petan (23) - Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Regular Season: 52GP - 15G - 37A - 52PTS - 24PIM
Playoffs: 9GP - 1G - 3A - 4PTS - 8PIM
Winnipeg Jets Regular Season: 15GP - 2G - 0A - 2PTS - 6PIM

I am firmly of the opinion that anybody that can put up point-per-game numbers in the AHL can and should play in the NHL. Whether Nic Petan does that as a Jet, as a Seattle player or with another NHL team, I think he can find a spot. Maybe he’s the next William Karlsson.

10. Leon Gawanke (19) - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)-
Regular Season: 62GP - 4G - 28A - 32PTS - 39PIM
Playoffs: 5GP - 1G - 1A - 2PTS - 5PIM

Lists are subjective as hell. Leon Gawanke did not finish his season as strong as he started it, but at age 19 he still has room and time to grow.

Manitoba Moose - AHL

Manitoba Moose

Team Name Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Team Name Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Manitoba Moose Logan Shaw C 31 14 11 25 17
Manitoba Moose Michael Spacek C 35 4 20 24 20
Manitoba Moose Seth Griffith R 30 6 15 21 14
Manitoba Moose J.C. Lipon R 28 6 8 14 54
Manitoba Moose Jansen Harkins C 36 8 5 13 25
Manitoba Moose C.J. Suess F 26 8 4 12 6
Manitoba Moose Cameron Schilling D 27 1 9 10 16
Manitoba Moose Marko Dano W 16 4 5 9 21
Manitoba Moose Skyler McKenzie F 28 4 5 9 20
Manitoba Moose Logan Stanley D 34 3 5 8 37
Manitoba Moose Tucker Poolman D 15 1 5 6 4
Manitoba Moose Luke Green D 11 1 2 3 10
Manitoba Moose Jimmy Oligny D 21 0 3 3 48
Manitoba Moose Nelson Nogier D 35 0 3 3 20
Manitoba Moose Nicolas Kerdiles L 3 0 1 1 4
Team Name GP Min GA GAA W L
Manitoba Moose Eric Comrie 25 1474 68 2.77 12 11
Manitoba Moose Mikhail Berdin 6 370 17 2.76 3 2

Manitoba Moose Playoffs 2018

# Name Pos GP G A Pts PIM Birthdate
# Name Pos GP G A Pts PIM Birthdate
9 Chase De Leo C 9 2 6 8 31 10/25/1995
44 Julian Melchiori D 7 2 4 6 0 12/6/1991
48 Brendan Lemieux L 8 3 2 5 22 3/15/1996
4 Michael Sgarbossa C 9 2 3 5 14 7/25/1992
10 Buddy Robinson L 7 1 3 4 19 9/30/1991
19 Nic Petan L 9 1 3 4 8 3/22/1995
5 Cameron Schilling D 9 2 2 4 4 10/7/1988
8 Sami Niku D 9 1 2 3 2 10/10/1996
23 Michael Spacek R 6 1 2 3 20 4/9/1997
28 Patrice Cormier C 9 1 1 2 38 6/14/1990
3 Jan Kostalek D 9 2 0 2 8 2/17/1995
27 Mason Appleton F 2 0 1 1 2 1/15/1996
34 JC Lipon R 9 1 0 1 13 7/10/1993
36 Nelson Nogier D 2 0 1 1 2 5/27/1996
32 Jansen Harkins C 2 0 0 0 0 5/23/1997
# Name GP Min GA GAA W L OTL
1 Eric Comrie 9 510 27 3.18 3 6 0
30 Jamie Phillips 1 20 0 0 0 0 0

CHL/NCAA/ECHL/EUROPE

Prospects 2017-2018

Prospects

League Team Name Pos GP G A Pts PIM Birthdate Round/Year
League Team Name Pos GP G A Pts PIM Birthdate Round/Year
WHL Portland Skyler McKenzie L 72 47 40 87 54 20-Jan-98 Round 7/2017
12 3 5 8 0
OHL Kitchener Logan Stanley D 61 15 27 42 93 26-May-98 Round 1/2016
19 4 12 16 20
SM-liiga HPK/Karpat Kristian Vesalainen C 49 22 21 43 6 1-Jun-99 Round 1/2017
Karpat 18 4 4 8 14
NCAA Minnesota State U - Mankato C.J. Suess F 40 22 21 43 53 27-Mar-94 Round 5/2014
Manitoba Moose 9 1 2 3 2
ECHL Jacksonville Jimmy Lodge D 57 17 32 49 47 5-Mar-95 Round 3/2013
QMJHL Cape Breton Leon Gawanke D 62 4 28 32 39 31-May-99 Round 5/2017
5 1 1 2 5
USHL Dubuque Santeri Virtanen C 29 8 8 16 4 11-May-99 Round 4/2017
NCAA Merrimack College Jonathan Kovacevic D 34 2 15 17 14 12-Jul-97 Round 3/2017
KHL Yaroslavl Pavel Kraskovsky F 53 3 7 10 30 11-Sep-96 Round 6/2014
9 0 1 1 2
NCAA Minnesota-Duluth Dylan Samberg D 42 1 12 13 43 24-Jan-99 Round 2/2017
NCAA UMass-Lowell Croix Evingson D 16 1 5 6 10 28-Aug-97 Round 7/2017
NCAA Minnesota Jack Glover D 34 1 6 7 27 17-May-96 Round 3/2014
NCAA Wisconsin Matt Ustaski F 24 1 3 4 4 27-May-94 Round 7/2014
Allsvenskan IK Oskarshamn Jacob Cederholm D 19 0 1 1 10 30-Jan-98 Round 4/2016
QMJHL Sherbrooke Luke Green D 14 5 10 15 16 12-Jan-98 Round 3/2016
2 0 0 0 4
League Team Name GP Min GA GAA W L OTL/SOL SO
USHL Sioux Falls Mikhail Berdin 45 2531 112 2.65 24 13 3 1
3 187 14 4.48 1 1 0 0
SuperElit Karlskrona HK J20 Arvid Holm 39 2267 101 3.44 17 22 0 0
16 934 48 3.08 11 5 0 0
23 1333 82 3.69 6 17 0 0
6 375 20 3.2 3 3 0 0