The Mark Scheifele experiment in Winnipeg is over. The seventh overall pick from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has been returned to the Barrie Colts.
“The way he played in Penticton (rookie camp) and the exhibition season, the way he handled himself at the National Hockey League level, we”re ecstatic,” Cheveldayoff told TSN1290 in Winnipeg.
“He’s going to be an impact player in junior. I think with that comes the pressure of leading a team and the expectations of producing all the time. I think those are the type of things, that when he comes to be an NHL player, will be his responsibility all the time. It’s a development process. 18-years-old, that a big feather in his cap to have earned the right to play seven games here.”
Scheifele had just one goal in seven games after scoring eight points in five games during the preseason. He averaged just 10:56 of ice time and was 35.3% in the faceoff circle.
Scheifele’s return will boost an already impressive Colts offense. The club boasts two of the league’s top three goal scorers in Zach Hall and Tanner Pearson. The team also has three of the league’s top four point-getters, including Hall, Pearson and Colin Behenna.
Last season, Scheifele was second on Barrie in points to Behenna with 22 goals and 75 points in 66 games.