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The Winnipeg Jets select Simon Lundmark 51st overall

More Europe. More defence.

2019 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Winnipeg Jets went to Sweden in the second round and ended up with another defenceman in Simon Lundmark. It is unclear whether restocking the defensive prospects is going to be a trend this draft or if the first two picks being defenders is just a coincidence.

As for Lundmark, please read about him below and enjoy his stats (and scouting report) from Elite Prospects.

In his twenty-eight games with Linköping in the Swedish Hockey League, Lundmark posted three assists and appeared to be playing a more conservative role, trying to hold his own in the top league in Sweden.

That limited production provided some with the idea that his offensive upside may be limited but those concerns should be alleviated by his SuperElit production, that saw him put up seventeen points in twenty-five games at that level. Despite playing that few of games, he still led all Linköping HC J20 defencemen in scoring for the 2018-19 season.

He followed that up with one goal and three assists in six playoff games with the J20 team.

Just being able to appear in twenty-eight games during his draft season, and averaging 13:37 of ice time, is an encouraging sign. He generally moves the puck quite well but would rely more on the safe play of glass and out while in the SHL.

Whoever selects Lundmark will retain his rights for four years before having to make a decision on signing him to an entry level contract and that may be perfect for the young Swede. He has shown offensive chops in the junior levels and was able to hold down a role in the SHL this season. (Source)

The Jets next pick is at 134 overall or the 20th pick in the fourth round.