2011 NHL Entry Draft: Winnipeg Jets 1st Round draft pick

Posted by David Minuk in NHL Draft,Videos,Winnipeg Jets on June 24, 2011 — 10 Comments

The first draft pick in the new team’s history was made just a short while ago.  The highlight was definitely True North’s Mark Chipman saying “who will make our first pick on behalf of the Winnipeg Jets……”, a moment that will stand out for a long time.

Then GM Kevin Cheveldayoff  went off the board and picked Mark Scheifele from the Barrie Colts coached by none other than Winnipeg Jets legend Dale Hawerchuk.

From TSN:

Player: Mark Scheifele
Position: C
Notes: He’s got to fill out and work on his skating, but he has the ability to be a great player in the National Hockey League. – Bob McKenzie

More video of the #7 pick and from the media section of the draft floor after the jump.

Here’s some video on the #7 pick:

We will hopefully have more from Ez, Remis and Kyle from the draft floor.  Here is some video from the media section.

 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t even describe the emotion I’m feeling right now..

    At the #7 selection I was fist-pumping, then Chipman said “Winnipeg Jets”, basically crying tears of joy/passion(?) now… Then Chevy says “from the Barrie Colts”…wait….what?? I’m so confused. Couturier was right freaking there for us… All we can do is hope, HOPE, that Chevy knows what he is doing.. We could’ve traded down for Scheifele. I guess was hoping for a C to step in right away, and I would’ve bought a Couturier jersey.

    Sinking feeling in my stomach about that pick, but it is amazing to officially have the JETS back and lets hope Scheifele develops nicely.

    /end rant

  • Luke Miguez

    The Islanders, the Senators and then the Jets passed up on Couturier for a reason.  I’m not sure what it is, but several clubs decided that other centres were better choices then he was.

    The Barrie Colts this year were unimaginably bad in the OHL and Scheifele put out 75 points regardless, while making his team mates look better around him.  He’s got a lot of upside, and isn’t a boom/bust pick like Strome comes across as I feel.  He’ll require a couple of years in the OHL/AHL.I’m for one, am increasingly happy with this pick and am giving Chevy the benefit of the doubt.

    I thought Chipman seemed a bit reserved in regards to the name release.  I really think they wanted to go with something else, but True North as an organization decided that they couldn’t go against public opinion on that one.  People in the ‘Peg are really pumped about seeing -their- Jets back and I figure Chipman and other will see the value in going with what was synonymous with Winnipeg NHL hockey.

    Apparently the reason why the Jets couldn’t use a retro was related to ‘logistical’ issues.  Not really sure what Guthie meant by that.

  • Anonymous

    When Couturier was still available I was disappointed the Jets didn’t take him but hearing what Ducky said about Scheifele relieved that. Hawerchuk’s opinion is good enough for me.

  • Anonymous

    Faaaaack!  We’re doomed!

  • Luke Miguez

    Ducky’s the reason why we drafted him.  He was really, really big on Scheifele.

  • Luke Miguez

    Actually, I have one apology to Chipman and TNSE.  I originally believed that they were working to find a way to come up with another name that wasn’t the ‘Jets’, even suggesting that the secrecy surrounding the debate was masking a personal reasoning for wanting to go with something else.  

    They weren’t, they were being deliberative with various proposals and eventually when with what the fans wanted.  They even decided against going with a compromise of ‘Manitoba Jets’ because they apparently thought it would sully the powerful symbolism and irreverence amongst Winnipeggers and Manitobans for the brand.

    My bad. 

  • http://twitter.com/iamanitoban Dale Sawchuk

    doomed really?trust the scouts!

  • http://twitter.com/ManitobaJets1 Manitoba Jets

    What a monumental day in our history.  Great coverage guys.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TUDIWXOICOK5JS36WS5S47Y6HA Mo-Town Blues

    I’ll believe Dale over you.

  • Anonymous

    Hawerchuk’s view on everything really helped, along with your reply to my post.. And we got Lowry with a 3rd… Thanks! GO JETS GO!