Jets select Nikolaj Ehlers with 9th overall pick in NHL Draft
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The Winnipeg Jets selected forward Nikolaj Ehlers with the ninth overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday.
After being drafted sixth overall in the QMJHL import draft, Ehlers exploded as a member of the Halifax Mooseheads to the tune of 49 goals and 55 assists in 63 games; he added 11 goals and 17 assists in 16 playoff games, and was named the CHL's rookie of the year for 2013-14. His 49 goals were the most by a Quebec League rookie since Sidney Crosby.
Ehlers is the second highest Denmark-born player drafted into the NHL (Mikkel Boedker was selected eighth overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008).
EliteProspects.com describes Ehlers as "an explosive player who can beat even the quickest defensemen wide with his speed." He possesses incredible skill, making plays with lightning speed while also quite willing to get himself to the front of the net to create scoring opportunities.
He's even drawn comparisons to Halifax teammate Jonathan Drouis, who was drafted second overall in 2013.