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NHL Mock Draft 2021: Winnipeg Jets select Logan Stankoven with No. 18 pick

The Winnipeg Jets are hoping size doesn’t matter anymore.

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You know what’s funny about talking about hockey in a global pandemic? Not a lot of actual hockey was played in Canada this year due to competing provincial health orders, ICUs operating above capacity, and the inability for the CHL to make things safe outside of a bubble. The WHL did run a bubble though and that is where you could find Logan Stankoven this year.

Stankoven is listed as only 5’8”, but as Brayden Point, Brendan Gallagher, and Cole Caulfield have taught us: if you are good you are regardless of your size and Stankoven has the tools of a good player in a small package. He only played six games in the WHL bubbly this year so it is hard to really draw any conclusions about his play and any improvements he made from last season to this season, but as a rookie in the WHL he scored 48 points in 59 games including 29 goals.

Stankoven is most known for his shot which is hard. However, he must be a decent passer to put up the points totals he did as a 16 year old. However, almost a year of sitting duck can impact a player’s development and even though Stankoven had 10 points in six games this year, that does not tell us much about his development. The only good thing is he did not lose a year to injury recovery or something. A lot of North American prospects are in the same boat as Stankoven. However, the Jets are hoping that by rolling the dice on a small, skilled player they will get rewarded again.