The Jets spent years amassing first-round picks and building an elite farm system. They’ve matured into a contender, with many of their former prospects making up the core of a star-studded roster and some young pieces becoming trade fodder. Brendan Lemieux was part of the deadline-day deal that netted Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers. The Jets also traded away their first-round pick for a second straight year. Suddenly, their prospect depth is starting to dwindle, so GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and his scouting staff will have to get creative mining for late-round gems.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: The Jets could lose their UFA rental center for a second straight summer. Paul Stastny walked last year, and Hayes might this year. If they re-sign Hayes or land another UFA pivot, it’ll only cost money ...
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