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Jets coach happy with draft selections

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Gazette Staff
May 27, 2010
— Coach Dane Litke had only a week to find talent for the Janesville Jets' draft last season, and he took the team to the North American Hockey League playoffs and became Coach of the Year.

What is going to happen after Litke has had a whole year to scout players and evaluate talent?


Litke said Wednesday's NAHL entry draft in Madison was much smoother and rewarding for the Jets. Not only could the Jets make more educated selections, they got the players they wanted, too.


The Jets selected three defensemen, four forwards and goalie.


"It went pretty good, pretty good," Litke repeated for emphasis. "Pretty much all the guys we were looking for, we got.''


The defensemen selected are: David Russ of Plymouth, Minn., Alex Temby, Littleton, Col., and Joseph Moritz of Town and Country, Mo.


The forwards selected are: Kyle Novak of O'Fallon, Mo., Ian McGilvery, of Omaha, Neb., Colton Rando of Sugarland, Tex., and Ross Pavek of Green Bay. David Chapin out of Waukesha Catholic Memorial and Mukwonago is the goalie.


Litke has 30 players on the Jets roster. Ten are carryovers from last season, including Ross Mauermann, a 2009 Janesville Parker High graduate.


As for the draft, which was conducted in three hours, Litke was happy he had preparation on his side this time.


"Obviously, our preparation was better," Like said. "Instead of a week, we had a whole year. We had a chance to get out and watch some players."


The Jets will conduct an open tryout camp July 7-11 at the Janesville Ice Skating Center and a main camp starting July 29. League rules dictate the roster has to be at 25 on Aug. 1.


Between now and the open camp, Litke will still be out searching for more talent.


"We are going to try and sell our camp in July," Litke said. "We'll see what is still out there and still available and try and up grade.


"It will be a quick summer," Litke said.



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