Ranking the Winnipeg Jets’ top 10 trade assets: Which ones could be in play? - world News Update

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The Winnipeg Jets person earned nan correct to spell shopping astatine nan waste and acquisition deadline. Kevin Cheveldayoff has ensured that nan Jets are unsocial among contenders successful position of headdress space: $2.7 cardinal now, aliases adjacent to $5 cardinal by deadline day.

Fans are pensive astir upgrades (and rightfully so).

We covered rental targets for illustration Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm and Chris Tanev. We’ve discussed ambitious swings astatine players pinch word near connected their contracts.

What we haven’t discussed is nan cost.

Jets fans cognize really this crippled works. Along pinch clear wins for illustration acquiring Nino Niederreiter for a second-round prime aliases Vladislav Namestnikov for a fourth, Cheveldayoff isn’t awkward astir spending awesome assets for a marquee piece. Winnipeg paid a first-round prime and promising imaginable Erik Foley to St. Louis for Paul Stastny successful 2018. The Jets sent different first-round pick, sparkplug Brendan Lemieux and a conditional fourth-round prime to nan New York Rangers for Kevin Hayes successful 2019.

What does Winnipeg person to spell shopping pinch this year? Today, we measure nan Jets’ premier waste and acquisition assets and really apt they are to beryllium moved earlier nan March 8 deadline.

1. Rutger McGroarty, LW, 19 (University of Michigan) 

Status: Untouchable

Stats: 9 goals, 22 assists, 31 points successful 17 NCAA games

Storyline: Once upon a time, McGroarty was seen arsenic a awesome stake to beryllium a coagulated NHL player. McGroarty’s activity astatine each levels, precocious demonstrated by his captaincy of Team USA’s golden medal-winning world juniors team, was celebrated. He was a characteristic kid who played nan crippled nan correct measurement and would astir apt do capable things correct to gain a bottom-six NHL job.

Then McGroarty scored astatine a point-per-game gait for nan University of Michigan arsenic an 18-year-old freshman, playing pinch Adam Fantilli and Gavin Brindley connected 1 of nan astir effective lines successful assemblage hockey.

This near critics without a batch to talk about. Maybe Fantilli and Brindley were carrying him?

Now 19, McGroarty has put an extremity to that statement of reasoning altogether, scoring 31 points successful 17 games, including back-to-back four-point nights against Michigan State that earned him Big Ten Player of nan Week honours connected Jan. 23.

He’s a subordinate that opposing teams will inquire about. McGroarty’s lucky consciousness is outstanding for his title level. His changeable is simply a weapon, his competitiveness is unquestionable and nan measurement he returned from a punctured lung and cracked rib to his existent level of play has turned plentifulness of heads. He has go Winnipeg’s apical imaginable and its astir untouchable asset. I don’t expect nan Jets to waste and acquisition him aliases moreover to entertain nan thought; successful fact, nan only mobility near to inquire is whether McGroarty will move pro this play aliases return to assemblage for his inferior year.

McGroarty is wherever I deliberation nan cut-off for “untouchable” ends.

2. Elias Salomonsson, D, 19 (Skellefteå AIK)

Status: Almost untouchable

Stats: 1 goal, 5 assists, six points successful 19 SHL games

Storyline: Salomonsson is connected way to screen nan stake and past immoderate for a subordinate taken 55th successful 2022. He turned a batch of heads arsenic a contributing personnel of a heavy Skellefteå AIK squad astatine 18, impressed everyone astatine Jets campy this September, and has taken different measurement guardant successful nan SHL astatine 19 this season.

He’s been truthful bully that 1 of his SHL coaches, Pierre Johnson, told Scott Wheeler of The Athletic that “he went from mean to for illustration f—ing dominant” past play and that he’s maintained that level this year.

I get nan consciousness that nan Jets are precocious connected Salomonsson’s promise. It’s difficult for maine to ideate a world successful which he’s traded. (At slightest arsenic acold arsenic publically disposable rumours go, location is nary Erik Karlsson aliases Mark Stone meant to beryllium disposable astatine this year’s deadline.) I do deliberation Salomonsson would beryllium an evident subordinate for different teams to inquire astir if nan Jets target a subordinate worthy of a blockbuster trade.

Despite that caveat, I afloat expect that Salomonsson is portion of nan Jets’ semipermanent plans.

3. Brad Lambert, C/RW, 20 (Manitoba Moose)

Status: Available if nan Jets’ heads spin

Stats: 12 goals, 13 assists, 25 points successful 30 AHL games

Storyline: Lambert’s specified beingness connected nan Jets’ database of apical prospects tin beryllium attributed to Winnipeg’s activity astatine nan waste and acquisition deadline. The Jets took him pinch nan first-round prime they sewage successful nan Andrew Copp waste and acquisition — a conditional second-round prime that became a first erstwhile nan Rangers reached nan Eastern Conference final.

I’m not saying that this makes Lambert “found money,” truthful to speak, fixed nan measurement he’s stepping guardant arsenic an AHL effect subordinate this season. His velocity is simply a weapon, his puck skills are high-end and his sheer hunger to nutrient seems unmatched. Winnipeg is successful nary hurry to locomotion distant from that but, if you’re looking for a subordinate who is bully capable to package for a peculiarly high-end NHL subordinate who could besides theoretically be available, I deliberation Lambert is your starting point.

Colby Barlow was nan Jets’ first-round prime successful 2023 and is having a beardown play successful nan OHL. (Jason Kempin / Getty Images)

4. Colby Barlow, LW, 18 (Owen Sound Attack)

Status: Available if nan Jets’ heads spin

Stats: 18 goals, 9 assists, 27 points successful 26 OHL games

Storyline: Barlow’s play was interrupted by wounded and he missed a changeable astatine playing for Canada astatine nan world juniors. Perhaps bolstered by nan frustration, Barlow has scored 9 goals and 4 assists successful 12 games since returning to nan OHL. His one-timer is patently ridiculous by OHL standards, conveying a Patrik Laine-type expertise to people from a standstill, but he besides drives nan nett to people from nan soiled areas adjacent to goal.

This is simply a subordinate Winnipeg is thrilled to person successful its pipeline. To me, Barlow (or Lambert) positive a first-round prime would person to nett a high-end centre connected a awesome statement for it to make sense. Don’t propulsion your tomatoes astatine maine for including them arsenic possibilities: I’m reasoning of blockbusters for illustration Stone to Vegas, wherein nan Golden Knights gave up nan highly touted imaginable Erik Brannstrom arsenic nan centrepiece of their package. Prospects arsenic bully arsenic Barlow and Lambert do get moved.

5. First-round pick

Status: Available (although astir apt begrudgingly)

Storyline: I fishy Winnipeg would for illustration to clasp connected to its first-round prime while preferring to usage second-round picks arsenic currency. You don’t ever get what you want — peculiarly if you’re shopping successful a value aisle — but Winnipeg has picked up awesome fits acquired for picks extracurricular nan first round. The Jets person acquired each of Niederreiter, Namesntikov, Brenden Dillon, Dylan DeMelo, Nate Schmidt and Mason Appleton for little than nan costs of a first-round prime and, while location is simply a wide scope of impacts, each of those players play important minutes connected Winnipeg’s high-end NHL team.

If Winnipeg finds a likewise important fresh for a value beneath a first-round pick, Jets fans will beryllium thrilled.

6. Nikita Chibrikov, RW, 20 (Manitoba Moose)

Status: Available (although astir apt begrudgingly)

Stats: 13 goals, 16 assists, 29 points successful 35 AHL games

Storyline: Manitoba’s starring scorer is smaller and was drafted later than nan young men classed higher connected this list. That said, Chibrikov’s pro-ready crippled astatine Jets campy near maine reasoning he has a non-zero chance of being much impactful than astatine slightest a mates of them. Like Lambert, he’s played master lucky against men for respective years. Chibrikov’s changeable is simply a limb and his willingness to return hits to make plays makes him useful contempt his youth. I fishy he’s flying nether nan radar of nationalist cognition and, moreover though NHL teams are very bully astatine knowing their rivals’ AHL lineups, I wonderment if Chibrikov’s waste and acquisition worth is little than fitting for personification pinch his level of potential.

7. Ville Heinola, LHD, 22 (Manitoba Moose) 

Status: Available (although astir apt begrudgingly)

Stats: 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points successful 5 AHL games

Storyline: After each of this improvement time, each of nan trips to nan AHL and back, I fishy Winnipeg wants to spot what Heinola tin do successful nan NHL. Heinola loses his waivers exemption astatine nan extremity of this play and, if he earned a roster spot astatine Jets camp, arsenic Bowness told maine aft a caller practice, past it’s easy to ideate him earning that spot each complete again adjacent year.

Would nan Jets see him successful a woody if a rival nine insisted? I don’t spot why not. But I deliberation they’re yet fresh to reap nan rewards of each their patience pinch him.

2021 first-round prime Chaz Lucius is injured for nan 4th consecutive season. (Marissa Baecker / Getty Images)

8. Chaz Lucius, C, 20 (Manitoba Moose)

Status: Injured

Stats: 2 goals, 11 assists, 13 points successful 17 AHL games

Storyline: Lucius is having season-ending ankle surgery. This is nan fourth consecutive play Lucius will decorativeness connected nan sidelines. He’s only 20 and he’s a creative, intelligent violative subordinate pinch plentifulness of upside. However, it’s difficult to judge successful him reaching that upside pinch injuries robbing him of truthful overmuch developmental time. It’s besides difficult to ideate him carrying a ton of waste and acquisition worth astatine this moment.

9. Second-round pick

Status: Available

No stats, nary storyline. I deliberation Montreal’s second-round prime successful 2024, which nan Jets acquired arsenic portion of nan PL Dubois trade, is very overmuch successful play. So is nan Jets’ ain second-round prime successful 2025 and each of their second-round picks beyond that.

10. Logan Stanley, D, 25 (Winnipeg Jets)

Status: Available

Stats: 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 points successful 7 NHL games

Storyline: Stanley made it clear past play that he’d alternatively beryllium traded than beryllium a accordant patient scratch. He’s only gotten into 7 games truthful acold this season. This, while admittedly much than Declan Chisholm’s 2 games aliases Heinola’s injury-impacted goose egg, leaves Stanley connected nan extracurricular looking successful astatine a clip successful his profession I’m judge he’d for illustration to play bigger minutes.

I deliberation nan Jets would bask having nan big, beardown Stanley arsenic added extent heading into nan playoffs. Winnipeg protected him successful nan Seattle description draft, implying fearfulness that he’d beryllium picked and suggesting he whitethorn person immoderate waste and acquisition value, but he doesn’t play overmuch now. It’s difficult to ideate his worth being high. He’s nether statement and scheduled to beryllium nether squad power until astatine slightest this summer, erstwhile he has arbitration authorities arsenic a restricted free agent.

(Photos of Brad Lambert, Nikita Chibrikov and Ville Heinola: James Carey Lauder / USA Today, Jason Franson / The Canadian Press via AP and Terrence Lee / USA Today)