The Winnipeg Jets drafted Nikolaj Ehlers with the No. 9 overall pick at the 2014 NHL Draft.
Ehlers is from the QMJHL league and team Halifax and the 6-0, 163-pound left winger was one of the big risers on the draft circuit. The Rookie of the Year last season, Ehlers finished fourth in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 104 points on 49 goals and 55 assists in 63 games with a staggering plus-65.
The Jets have drafted defense early in the last two drafts so the addition of a highly-skilled offensive talent like Ehlers gives the Jets a piece to build around and a future top-six forward.
“The big question was how he would handle the durability of playing in the QMJHL and playing more games. But he’s proven to be a skilled forward who can work some magic with Jonathan Drouin. He’s got that quickness where he can separate from a check and get to the net. He’s got soft hands and passes with authority, is a clever playmaker and very unselfish.”
He isn’t a big guy just yet and will have to add size and strength to stand up to the battles he’ll face in the NHL, but his offensive ability is apparent and the Jets got a dynamic forward who should put the puck in the net at the next level.