With their second pick of this round the Jets took Giovanni Vallati a 6’2″ 185 lbs defenceman Ottawa playing for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.
Rankings ahead of draft:
Ranked #95 by HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM
Ranked #148 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Ranked #75 by ISS HOCKEY
Ranked #79 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #57 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
Ranked #88 by TSN/McKenzie
Vallati, 18, had 26 points (3G, 23A) in 65 games in the OHL last season with the Kitchener Rangers, where he was a teammate of 2016 Jets first round selection Logan Stanley. Vallati had four assists 19 playoff games, as the Rangers reached the OHL’s Western Conference Final. Internationally, he played for Canada Black at the 2017 U17 World Hockey Championship, recording two assists in six games.
Here is our chat with him on today’s Illegal Curve Hockey Show:
Here is his chat with the media following selection in Dallas:
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