NHL GMs on Tuesday took another step toward adding depth in the draft with the acquisition of one of the top offensive prospects in the 2018 draft class.
The Winnipeg Jets picked up defenseman Joonas Korpisalo with the pick of No. 62 overall in the NHL Draft, which was the No. 1 overall pick overall in 2017.
The 27-year-old Korpialo, who has represented Finland at the IIHF World Under-18 Championships and won gold at the 2017 World Under 18 Championship in Finland, posted 31 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 57 games with St. Petersburg last season.
The 6-foot-2, 208-pound defenseman has a knack for generating offense, and has shown flashes of elite offensive ability as a junior.
Korpisa’s offensive game is based more around his skating and his shot.
The Jets also got a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft for the No.”29″ slot in 2019, which they used on defenseman Jake McCabe, who played in his first full season with the Jets.
McCabe had 24 points (nine goals, eight assists) with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League in 2017-18.
McCabb’s season came to an end after he was suspended for two games for an incident at a Winnipeg bar, but he did post a plus-seven rating in 59 games with Winnipeg in 2018.