3 Winnipeg Jets prospects primed for World Junior success

Winnipeg Jets, Brad Lambert (47). Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports
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Winnipeg Jets: Rutger McGroarty

The only Jets prospect not in a professional league, McGroarty should not be overlooked as one of the most exciting players in the Jets system. He’s unique in his playmaking, as he combines his skill with noticeable physicality to establish his presence on the ice.

He’s bound to be given a chance to succeed at the tournament, as he’s already been placed in the team’s top six. As mentioned in the last slide, McGroarty appears to be the linemate of Lucius, which should be must-see TV for Jets fans.

McGroarty’s 2022-23 Season

McGroarty spent his draft season in the US National Development program, which often means the jump to college hockey is on the horizon. That was indeed the case for McGroarty, who committed to the University of Michigan.

In his freshman year with the Wolverines, McGroarty currently sits tied for sixth in NCAA freshman scoring with 19 points in 20 games. That mark also ranks third on the team, behind only projected top-three pick, Adam Fantilli, and Florida Panthers prospect, Mackie Samoskevich.

What to Expect

McGroarty should thrive in a tournament like this, which rewards players for playing smart and using their full skillset to their advantage. In McGroarty’s case, if he can use his forechecking to create turnovers and set up his line, he could be primed for a massive breakout.

With Lucius as the finisher on the line, McGroarty can work as one of the set-up guys to create a powerful top-six that is a force to be reckoned with. He’s someone who is going to give you his all on every shift, and that should be noticed by a coaching staff.

He’s not the flashiest player out there, but his hockey IQ and his effort should provide a dangerous element to an already exciting top-six. This will be a fantastic way for Jets fans to become more familiar with the young American, as many haven’t had the chance to watch his game.

This year’s WJC should be as exciting as ever, especially for Jets fans looking to keep up with some of the young stars in the Jets system. The tournament kicks off on December 26th, with both Lucius and McGroarty suiting up for Team USA. Lambert and Team Finland open their tournament just one day later on the 27th.

Stay tuned to Jets Whiteout throughout the tournament, as we’ll look to give you all the updates and highlights you need to keep up with the three Jets prospects.