By Calvin Bush (@calvin_bush24) | June 15, 2022 | 4:30pm
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F JACOB JEANNETTE (Rd 1, 6th overall)
The Jets added another asset to their strong forward group with the selection of Jacob Jeannette, a Duluth, Minnesota, native with three years of experience in the USHL under his belt. Jeannette (6-1/185) skated in 46 games with the Waterloo Black Hawks last season while wearing the “alternate” captains patch. The right winger scored eight goals and tallied 15 assists in his third year in Iowa, a season-high for the veteran. Jeannette bypassed the NAHL and went straight to the USHL after his final year of high school with Duluth East, where he posted 11 points in 23 games. He finished his campaign with six points in five playoff games before kicking off his junior career.
D DJ HART (Rd 1, 11th overall)
After enjoying one of the best defensemen units in the league last year, the Jets elected to add another strong asset to the blue line with their selection of Madison Capitols defenseman DJ Hart. An ’02 blue-liner, Hart skated a good chunk of the Capitols strong 2021-22 season and into the playoffs. The Stamford, Connecticut native recorded 13 points in 48 regular-season games, plus an additional goal and two assists in 16 playoff contests. The season before, Hart played with the NAHL’s Odessa Jackalopes, playing in 50 games and recording 46 PIMs. Hart managed to work his way up the junior hockey ladder rather quickly thanks to a strong output of play in the 2019-20 season with the North Jersey Avalanche 18U team. The 6-3, 190 pound defenseman scored 16 points in 17 games with 50 PIMs, which eventually got him to the USHL level later that year where he played in one game with the Madison Capitols.
F JAKE SCHNEIDER (Rd 1, 15th overall)
With their third and final pick in the first round of the draft, Janesville added another forward, right-handed winger Jake Schneider. Another Minnesotan, Schneider is also fresh off a season with the USHL Waterloo Black Hawks like his now (and still) teammate and first overall pick Jacob Jeannette. In his first year in the USHL, Schneider played 41 games with 13 points to his name. The ’02 forward bounced around Bantam leagues in the State of Hockey and skated two seasons with the NAPHL Minnesota Magicians 16U and 18U teams. He posted 16 points over two seasons with the NAHL’s development league.
F GENO McENERY (Rd 2, 44th overall)
After a short hiatus from picks, the Jets stayed in the Midwest and added Geneva, Illinois native Geno McEnery with their first pick of the second round. A big forward (6-0, 180) and an 03′ birth year, McEnery opened eyes with a great season with Kent school in Connecticut. He finished fourth on the team with 39 points (13-26) in just 26 games of play. Before his time in the East, McEnery played in three seasons in Chicago, one with the Fury and the next two with the well-known Mission. The strong forward posted 24 points in two seasons with the Mission. Still at a young age, McEnery has already made his commitment to Providence College.
D JOSHUA ORRICO (Rd 2, 47th overall)
Janesville’s second pick of the second round featured their final selection of a defenseman in the 2022 NAHL Draft. ’03 blueliner Joshua Orrico became the fifth Jet selected Wednesday afternoon. From Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, Orrico has spent all but one of his seasons in hockey in the North. This past season saw him play for two different teams in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). He opened his year with the Chilliwack Chiefs for 25 games and scored seven points. Around the midway point of the year, he was traded to the Trail Smoke Eaters and finished the campaign there with nine points in 29 games. Orrico played two years in Toronto with the Red Wings U16 squad, then another three at St. Andrews College (high school). The d-man scored 42 points in his three years at St. Andrews, and 39 in two years in Toronto. He is currently committed to St. Lawrence University.
F CAM BERGEMAN (Rd 3, 73rd overall)
A left-handed forward was the next addition to the Jets’ roster with their first pick in the third round. 03′ winger Cam Bergeman of Newark, Delaware played with the New Jersey Rockets in the NCDC this past year, and he certainly made a name for himself. The 5-9, 150 skater tallied 13 goals and 13 assists in 40 games, plus another four points in five playoff games at the back end of the season. Bergeman had an incredible 2019-20 high school year at Salesianum High that saw him score 31 goals and 17 assists, good for 48 points, in only 16 games. Bergeman rounded out the following year with the Rochester Coalition 18U and notched 14 points in 33 games before playing in the NCDC.
G SELBY WARREN (Rd 3, 86th overall)
The Jets made their only selection of a goaltender with their last pick of the third round, and they got a good one. Toronto tendy Selby Warren, an ’02 netminder with a 6-4 frame was a solid addition for Janesville. Warren has spent the last three seasons in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), his first year with the Toronto Patriots in the 2019-20 season that saw him post an .892 save percentage and 3.42 GAA with a 6-6 record in 17 games.. His most recent year, though, was a big one for the Canadian goaltender. Warren appeared in 33 games and recorded the league’s second-best save percentage (.929) and goals against average (2.02), and recorded four shutouts en route to a 25-5 record. He continued his strong play into the playoffs where he played 14 games and finished with a .916 SV %, 2.51 GAA and two shutouts with a 9-5 record.
F MATTHEW HALE (Rd 5, 131st overall)
Two rounds of pick-free action went by before the Jets were up again in the fifth round, where they selected ’04 forward Matthew Hale. A native of Center Harbor, New Hampshire, Hale showed his offensive prowess with Tilton School last season with an incredible stat line of 50 points in 24 games. Before high school hockey, Hale skated in 24 games with the Northern Cyclones 18U Prep team and was a point-per-game skater there too, securing 13 goals and 11 assists during his time. Hale was also a part of the NAPHL program with the New Hampshire Avalanche in 2020.
F NOAH POWELL (Rd 5, 138th overall)
With their final pick in the 2022 NAHL Draft, the Jets selected right-handed forward Noah Powell, on ’05 winger from Northbrook, Illinois. Powell skated the last two seasons with the Chicago Mission 16U team and posted 29 points. The previous two seasons were spent with Shattuck St. Mary’s 14U and 15U teams from 2019-2021. The ’05 forward found great success there, scoring 74 points in 72 games with 70 PIMs.
With the NAHL Draft behind them, the Jets’ coaching and scouting staffs will prepare for next month’s Main Camp, held in Janesville July 23 through July 28. From there, a training camp roster will be picked, and the Jets will assemble in August ready for the 2022-23 season.
A full 2022-2023 NAHL schedule will be released next week, Tuesday June 21, and the Jets’ promotional calendar will follow. Contact the Jets’ front office at (608) 752-5387 for details on 2022-23 season ticket plans. Stay connected to the Jets through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.