According to the Winnipeg Sun, the Winnipeg Jets are expected to send forward Mark Scheifele back to his junior club, the Barrie Colts. The move will likely happen Monday morning following Sunday’s game against the New York Islanders, a game that will be Scheifele’s fifth, putting him at the limit for junior eligible players.
But having the 19-year old stick with the big club is a long shot according to Paul Friesen of the Sun. Friesen believes that Scheifele’s fate was decided during training camp and that the Jets are keeping him around merely for the experience. He points to the fact that Scheifele has played on the fourth line for two of the team’s three games and was asked to play the wing. The other game he was at center, his natural position. The 7th overall pick in the 2010 draft is pointless on the season and is averaging just under ten minutes of ice-time.
To go one step further, Friesen points out that through the last two games the Jets have played, Scheifele’s ice-time has dropped below nine minutes while averaging just 12 shifts during that span. Hardly enough time for a budding prospect to develop his game while trying to stick with the big club.
Friesen also points out that Scheifele hasn’t been given a fair shake to try and impress the coaching staff thanks to the lockout erasing the pre-season games. With every game so crucial to making the playoffs, a team like the Jets can’t afford to experiment with a teenager who may or may not be ready to play in the NHL. At least that’s how the Winnipeg Jets feel.
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