Winnipeg Jets Sign 2011 Draft Pick, Let Another One Go

By Stephanie Lewark
Charles LeClaire – USA TODAY Sports

The deadline for all 30 teams to sign the draft picks they selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft to an entry-level contract ended this past Saturday, Jun. 1.  Depending on the player’s age, those who were not signed will re-enter the 2013 draft pool or become an unrestricted free agent.

The Winnipeg Jets signed forward Austen Brassard right at the deadline on Saturday.  Brassard was selected in the fifth-round by the Jets and tallied 33 points (14G, 19A) this season playing for the OHL’s Belleville Bulls.

The even bigger news, though, is Winnipeg not signing Zach Yuen.  Yuen was a fourth-round draft pick.  What is worse is that the Jets traded a fifth and seventh-round selection in the 2011 draft to the San Jose Sharks just to get Yuen at the 119th overall pick.  The question remains as to why they threw away two picks not to sign Yuen to an entry-level contract just two seasons later.  Nothing is official and there is certain to be two sides to the story; however, it does not look good for Yuen.  Or does it not look good for the team?  Could it be that Yuen decided he would rather take his chances in another draft rather than play for the Jets?  Either way, regardless of what the reason, it just is not good.

Reaction around the internet seems to be the same, everyone is surprised that Yuen was not signed by the Jets and some believe that he could even go as soon as the second or third round in this year’s draft.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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