Winnipeg Jets draft speedy, skilled forward Nikolaj Ehlers 9th overall

Nikolaj Ehlers was the rookie of the year in the CHL.

Nikolaj Ehlers was the rookie of the year in the CHL.

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:39 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA — The Winnipeg Jets went with speed and skill in the opening round of the 2014 NHL Draft, choosing winger Nikolaj Ehlers of the Halifax Mooseheads.

Ehlers, a Danish winger, had 49 goals and 55 assists for 104 points in his first season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

A skilled finisher, Ehlers is listed at 5-foot-11 and 162 pounds.

In the Winnipeg Sun draft preview last week, Mooseheads assistant coach Jim Midgley said Ehlers has speed similar to New York Rangers winger Carl Hagelin with more dynamic offensive ability.

“Biggest strength without a doubt is his speed. Loves to take puck on his off wing and cut across the offensive zone. Watching the Stanley Cup finals this year he reminds me a bit of Hagelin from the Rangers,” said Midgley. “He can separate himself from defensive to offensive so fast. Still

only 160 pounds but does not shy away from the North American game. He actually got better as the year went on.


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