WATERFORD, Mich. – The Metro Jets selected 10 players in Tuesday night’s North American 3 Hockey League draft with an eye on getting the vast majority in a Jets’ uniform this fall.
In all, the Jets took five forwards, four defensemen and one goaltender in the 12-round draft.
“We addressed several of our needs and then some,” said Metro head coach Justin Quenneville. “I’m very pleased with our draft strategy and goal to get impact players who all want to be a Jet.”
“We did a lot of homework on the kids we drafted this year,” added Jets’ assistant coach and recruiter Randy Wilson. “I’m very happy with our draft.”
All players will be invited to Jets’ training camp, which will take place later in the summer.
The Jets’ 10 picks are below, with comments from both Quenneville and Wilson, as noted.
1st round, 13th overall – Tyler Layle, D, Davenport University
"A strong, two-way defenseman with a big shot who will add an immediate impact to our special teams and bring leadership." – Quenneville
“A physical, strong defenseman who plays with an edge. He has a heavy point shot.” — Wilson
Note – the Jets also drafted Layle in the 2013 draft.
2nd round, 44th overall – Josh Hinderliter, D, Wyandotte High School
“A good, all-around defenseman that has good feet, lateral mobility and hands, along with hockey sense.” – Wilson
3rd round, 75th overall – Alek Zultowski, F, Compuware 18U AAA
"A character player who has a work ethic above the rest. His assets are his speed and tenacity on the puck.” – Quenneville
“A tenacious checking forward, strong on the forecheck and has hands that can finish.” – Wilson
Note – the Jets also drafted Zultowski in the 2013 draft.
4th round, 106th overall – Mario D’Amico, D, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep
"Big presence on the back end with a big shot.” – Quenneville
“A big, strong physical defenseman with a great point shot. Tremendous upside.” – Wilson
5th round, 137th overall – Brennan Blaszczak, F, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep
“A skilled forward that is tenacious on the forecheck. He has explosive transition, which leads to a lot of breakaways.” – Wilson
6th round, 168th overall – Bruiser Freatman, D, Ann Arbor Huron High School
"Reliable and steady. Another 6-foot-plus defenseman who will battle and be a consistent competitor for our lineup." – Quenneville
7th round, 199th overall – Jake Gwillim, G, Lansing Capitals 18U AAA
“Jake is a hybrid butterfly goalie that has tremendous composure and focus. I coached him for two years with Little Caesars and he’s just a great kid.” – Wilson
Note – Gwillim has signed a tender agreement with the NAHL’s Johnstown Tomahawks.
9th round, 261st overall – Jason Newel, F, Plymouth Salem High School
"A big 6-foot-6 presence who has a great release and knack for the back of the net. Hard to find players with that natural finish to their game." – Quenneville
“A lanky, skilled forward that plays with intensity.” – Wilson
11th round, 323rd overall – Brady Tomlak, F, Victory Honda 18U AAA
“Just an all-around smart player. He’s positionally disciplined and is the type of player that makes everyone around him better.” – Wilson
12th round, 354th overall – Graham Day, F, Rochester United High School
"A workhorse who will compete every shift and a player that teams will hate to play against." – Quenneville
“A hard-nosed forward that can compete offensively.” – Wilson