Jets need to make good on draft picks, but Cheveldayoff’s biggest task is finding immediate help on defence

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Ted Wyman

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Jul 22, 2021  •  22 minutes ago  •  4 minute read  •  Join the conversation

General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Jets have the 18th overall pick in Friday’s NHL draft. Photo by Kevin King /Winnpeg Sun Article content

They don’t pick until 18th overall and currently have only four selections in total, so it’s hard to imagine the Winnipeg Jets making themselves immediately better through the NHL Draft on Friday and Saturday.

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Any moves to improve the roster instantly will have to come through trades — what better time to make them than at the draft? — or through free agency, which opens next Wednesday.

Because of previous trades, the Jets only have picks in the first, second, third and fifth rounds of this year’s draft, which will be held remotely. It starts Friday night with the first round and concludes with Rounds 2-7 on Saturday.

With their stockpile of prospects starting to run a little low, the Jets seem more likely to add picks for this weekend than to trade what they’ve got, but general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff needs to make a move to improve the Jets defence corps and that makes all of this a little more complicated.

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