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Re-Examining the NHL Draft Lottery: Winnipeg Jets

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Re-Examining the NHL Draft Lottery: Winnipeg Jets

We’ve made it to the final part of the NHL Draft Lottery series reflection and it’s on the hometown Winnipeg Jets. As a Jets supporter who is excited to see how the play-in round shapes up, I am also interested to see what happens with the first overall pick. Let’s see what we can come up with in our hopes of a playoff run, or for the first overall pick.

Playoffs:  Does anyone really want to win the Stanley Cup in an asterisk year? YES! A resounding ‘yes’ at that.

Not only would it be great for the Jets to lift Stanley’s Chalice, but the final will be played in Canada (Edmonton, most likely) and for all the 1.0 Jets fans I think that would feel even better. All those years of Gretzky stealing it away from our flying friends, this just feels right.

First-Overall Pick: I guess you could kiss your second line centre woes goodbye by picking Lafreniere. Having a top-six of Scheifele, Wheeler, Connor, Laine, Ehlers, and Lafreniere would immediately put the Jets top-two lines among the very best in the league.

So how should we feel, Jets fans?

Let’s enjoy that hockey is coming back. Let’s enjoy that we have a chance at winning the Stanley Cup and also a shot at the first overall pick. It’s going to be a fun series to watch versus Calgary, so let’s take advantage of that.

Well, that’s a very political answer at least.

Now, how should we really feel?

Let’s build a rivalry with Calgary. I love the feeling of playing a fellow Canadian team. There is a possibility that the Jets lose and then we cheer for our lottery ball. But for now, let’s do what any Canadian hockey fan would do and get excited about hockey in July and the chance to win the Stanley Cup.

Thanks for joining me and following along on this wild ride through the events proceeding Phase I of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery!

Craig Neufeld is a passionate hockey writer and fan and has dedicated much of his life to playing and working within the sports world. From rural Manitoba, when Craig is not working, he enjoys playing hockey and curling in winter, as well as being on the golf course or baseball diamond in summer.

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