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By Dylan Paré
With the 43rd overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft, the Winnipeg Jets selected Dylan Samberg. In Samberg, Jets fans can expect another player with a big booming shot on the point and a player who is quite big. Samberg stands at 6’3″, and weighs about 190 pounds. Samberg was actually a very talented amateur golfer and is built more like a golfer than a hockey player. He’s an athletic build and is leaner than a regular hockey player. Since is built more like a golfer, he is able to move much quicker than most other defensemen in the NHL. As you may have guessed, golf is probably a big reason that Samberg has such a good shot.
However, picking him means the Jets will have quite the project on their hands. A very noticeable flaw in his game is that he often ends up shooting into traffic, which ends up in his shots not even hitting the net, and getting blocked. His passing also needs quite a bit of work, as he often rushes the pass when he really should hold the puck for a few seconds to see where the pass should actually go.
His defensive play is very strong. He is always willing to block a shot or take a hit to make a play.
Dylan Samberg will likely be an NHL ready defenseman by the time the Jets are an elite team that can make it to the finals. He will be one of the few left-handed shooting defensemen on the Jets who have an abundance of right shooting D-men. Selecting him will likely improve their left side and will enable them to potentially move another lefty if necessary.