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Winnipeg Jets Top 25 Under 25: #21 Luke Green

Injuries have stalled the young defender’s development.

Luke Green of the Manitoba Moose skates with the puck during a game against the Grand Rapids Griffins at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB on April 4, 2017.
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Winnipeg Jets Top 25 Under 25 -
#21 - Luke Green
6’1” 190 lbs - Defence - Shoots Right
AHL 2018-2019 Season: 11 GP - 1G - 2A - 3PTS - 10PIM - 12 SOG

If you had asked me two years ago where I expected to see Luke Green on the 2018-19 Top 25 Under 25, it would likely have been higher than number 21. But after 14 games plus two more in the playoffs in his final year in junior, plus just 11 last year in his first pro season, injuries have seen Green’s stock plummet.

Drafted by the Jets in the third round of 2016, when he was still with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL (who drafted him 1st overall in the 2014 QMJHL Draft), Green had 123 points in 195 career games in the Q, which is not too shabby for a defender. However, his progress took a major blow when he dislocated his shoulder at Jets camp in September of 2017, keeping him out until early February 2018.

Green had played four games with the Moose at the end of the 2016-17 season, so fall of 2018 was not the first time he played for the team, but the move this time was permanent. It took him a few weeks to get a spot in the lineup, but did so on October 27th. He played 11 games, scoring once (a game winner against the Chicago Wolves on November 2nd), before suffering a concussion in early December that kept him out for the rest of the season.

Most scouting reports on Green say the same thing: he’s a terrific skater with good hockey IQ and a lot of offensive upside, but his defensive game needs to improve.

Green will be participating in this weekend’s Rookie Showcase in Belleville, Ontario, and will be hoping to display the offensive abilities that marked him as a top prospect in recent years. The games will be streamed live on TSN’s website, with the Jets playing the Senators tonight at 6, the Canadiens on Sunday at 6, and the Senators again on Monday...also at 6.