By @MichaelCaples –
A few years ago, the Winnipeg Jets took a chance on a high school hockey goaltender out of Metro Detroit with their fifth-round pick.
It’s went pretty well. Hopefully it does again.
The Jets selected former Brighton High School star Logan Neaton today in the fifth round of the 2019 NHL Draft, seven years after Winnipeg claimed Connor Hellebuyck in roughly the same spot.
If that wasn’t enough for Hellebuyck/Neaton connections, Neaton will be attending UMass-Lowell for college – the same school Hellebuyck played for when he was the Mike Richter Award winner as college hockey’s best netminder.
Neaton was the 2017 high school hockey goaltender of the year after leading Brighton to a state championship. This year, he shined for the Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL, registering a 1.92 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.