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It wasn’t easy for Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff to watch Mason Appleton leave the organization through the Seattle Kraken expansion draft on Wednesday.
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Appleton, 25, is a player the Jets drafted in the sixth round in 2015, who worked his way up through the American Hockey League to become a regular in the NHL over the last couple of seasons.
That’s the kind of success story hockey scouts and general managers love.
And it makes it hurt a little more when that player is gone.
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“First and foremost, tremendous thanks to Mason Appleton for the work that he put into our organization and the contribution that he made,” Cheveldayoff said in his pre-NHL draft media availability on Thursday.
“It was a tough call to Mason to tell him that he was a selection.
“On the eve of the draft, we end up losing a player that was drafted, that went through our development process, that became a key contributor in the American League and then a solid, key, contributor in the National Hockey League. It just kind of…