Jean, a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, was among those tagged by the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Service as a B-rated player back in October in assessing the 2008 NHL Draft-eligible players. That designation indicates a player who is a potential third-to-fifth-round pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft, set for June 21-22 in Ottawa.
“Kyle’s a very highly-regarded player,” said North Stars coach-GM Anthony Palumbo. “We are in need of some offensive punch, no question. We think he has the ability and potential to help our scoring woes. He’s also a 1990 (birth year), so it’s not like we mortgaged the future in giving up two tenders.”
Jean, a Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., product, played 15 games with Marquette this season, netting a pair of goals and assisting on three others, with a plus-1 rating and six penalty minutes. He spent last season with the Midget AAA Soo Indians – as a teammate of current North Stars Marc and Garrett Thompson, Eric O’Hearn and Eric McLintock – leading the club with seven goals and 15 assists in 24 MWEHL contests.
“He’s a big kid, but he’s skilled and talented, too,” Palumbo said. “He will skate on one of our top three lines, we’re not sure where just yet.”
I posted this or something similar in other threads:
I watched the entire scrimmage on Friday and he was the best player on the white team. There were times where he looked like the best player on the ice. The video sucked and you couldn't read the names but I kept asking who was #53. Finally found out it was Jean.
It was one scrimmage and not sure what to make of it, but he looked like he fit in well. He can skate and had decent enough hands.
Lets talented proven AHL star like JAM walk for nothing and signs a grinder to take his place. lol
Seriously? The Rangers organization made the offer to sign JAM but he chose to sign with the
Avalanche. Not difficult to figure out that he thought it would be easier to get to NHL with them. Nothing wrong with it but I fail to see how it is the Rangers fault.