October 5, 2012
Cheveldayoff keeping busy during lockout
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - CORNER BROOK, Nfld. — You might think Kevin Cheveldayoff has a little extra time on his hands these days with the NHL lockout in full effect, but it just means the Winnipeg Jets general manager is putting it to good use elsewhere.
When we caught up with him on Friday afternoon, Cheveldayoff was preparing to see a couple of Jets’ prospects go head-to-head as Lukas Sutter’s Saskatoon Blades are hosting Adam Lowry’s Swift Current Broncos at Credit Union Centre.
“The majority of my time has been spent going to see our drafted players,” Cheveldayoff said in a telephone interview. “I get an opportunity to maybe meet one-on-one with them for a brief period of time. You always try to find time to do it and now we have the time.”
Cheveldayoff spent part of last week watching Ontario Hockey League games featruing Mark Scheifele of the Barrie Colts, Austen Brassard of the Belleville Bulls and Scott Kosmachuk of the Guelph Storm.
And in the coming weeks, Cheveldayoff will take a few trips to check in on those Jets’ prospects playing NCAA hockey, including 2012 first rounder Jacob Trouba, who is with the Michigan Wolverines.
Through trades, the Jets now have six picks in the Top-90 of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, so there’s been a heavy emphasis on amateur scouting as the organization looks to build their overall depth moving forward.
“With the picks we have in the early rounds, it’s a very important year and we’ve devoted a lot of resources to making sure we have very good coverage on the amateur side,” said Cheveldayoff. “The organization understands it’s part of our long-term stability and long-term success.
“It’s a very busy process, but it’s very exciting for the future of the franchise.”
Cheveldayoff will also be paying close attention to the St. John’s iceCaps of the American Hockey League and charting the development of the Jets’ prospects that are down on the farm.
The IceCaps are back in action tonight against the Syracuse Crunch in Stephenville, Nfld. as part of a three-game exhibition series for the Mary Brown’s Cup.
Russian forward Alex Burmistrov will make his IceCaps debut, while Eddie Pasquale gets the call in goal and is expected to go the distance.