JETS SNAPSHOTS: Jets willing to wait on skilled players selected in NHL draft

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With the 18th pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, the Winnipeg Jets select Chaz Lucius during the first round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft at the NHL Network studios on July 23, 2021 in Secaucus, N.J. Photo by Bruce Bennett /Getty Images North America Article content

It’s going to be a while before any of the players drafted over the weekend show up in Winnipeg and start earnestly trying to become members of the Jets.

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First-round pick Chaz Lucius is headed to the University of Minnesota after playing in the United States development program, second-rounder Nikita Chibrikov is signed to play the next two seasons with St. Petersburg of the KHL, third-rounder Dmitry Kuzmin is headed to play his first year in the OHL with the Flint Generals and fifth-rounder Dmitri Rashevsky has another year on his KHL contract before he can even come to Canada and start developing in the American Hockey League.

It was a “futures” NHL Draft for the Jets, but they were certainly not alone in that area.

“With the COVID year, I don’t think that’s unexpected,” Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said Saturday after Round 2 of the remote draft.

“I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

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