It looks like Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets has finally landed.
After an incredible preseason that forced the Jets to keep him early in the young National Hockey League season, it appears as though the 18-year-old has come back down to Earth.
After eight points in five games during the preseason, the Kitchener, ON. native is still waiting to record his first NHL point. He had just 13 shifts, playing 9:25 in a 4-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. He received nearly double that against the Phoenix Coyotes, but his Jets fell 4-1 and are winless on the season.
In over 39 minutes in his young NHL career, the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has just one shot.
“It’s been a lot more intense than the pre-season,” Scheifele told the Winnipeg Free Press. “Everyone’s really good, everyone’s really smart and it’s a lot to adapt to. It’s a lot to grasp in a few games.”
“So I have to work even harder, give it 110 per cent at all times just because everyone’s better, everyone’s smarter. You have to be able to adapt to all that to stick at this level.”
Scheifele has another six games to turn his fortunes around and prove to Winnipeg that he can stick in the league this year.
The Jets can send him back to the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts at any time, but after Scheifele plays in his 10th game, the first year of his contract is engaged, bringing him one year closer to restricted free agency. Should he play 40 games, Scheifele will move one year closer to restricted free agency.
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