Jets Add Three Forwards in 2021 NAHL Entry Draft

By Mason Lyttle (@MasonLyttle) | July 14, 2021 | 3:39pm

JANESVILLE, WI – The Janesville Jets drafted three forwards in Wednesday afternoon’s NAHL Entry Draft.

The draft was conducted virtually, with live coverage and commentary available on HockeyTV.com.

Each team began the draft with a protected list comprised of returning players, tendered players, and players selected in last month’s Supplemental Draft. Each team was permitted to make as many selections as they needed to reach 30 on their protected list.

Entering Wednesday, the Jets’ protected totaled 27, so they made 3 selections. Via trades conducted during the 2020-21 season, the Jets owned two back-to-back picks in the first round at #9 and #10 overall, and finished their day in the 4th round with pick #113.

With their back-to-back selections at #9 and #10, the Jets chose twin forwards Peter and Joe Kramer from Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts. From nearby Bridgewater, the Kramer twins are each committed to Providence University.

Peter and Joe developed through Boston College High and the Cape Code Whalers AAA program before arriving at Thayer. Joe is a right-hand shot who scored more goals (29 vs. 24) in his high school career than Peter, the left-hand shot who recorded more assists (39 vs. 33).

The Jets are familiar with putting twins on the ice together. In the 2016-17 season, brothers Brett and Derek Mecrones had a brief five-game stint in Janesville, followed shortly by Ben and David Schmidling, who combined for 76 games in a Jets uniform.

Familiarity was the theme with the Jets’ third and final pick of the day when they re-acquired former affiliate player Brendan Doyle. From Stratham, New Hampshire, Doyle attended the Holderness School last year near Plymouth, New Hampshire, before joining the Jets for the end of the season. He made his NAHL debut on May 8 versus the Chippewa Steel, and on May 16 played his first game at the Janesville Ice Arena, also versus Chippewa.

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