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Mark Scheifele headed back to juniors

Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:53 pm
By: Adam Gretz

In a move that should not be much of a surprise at this point, the Winnipeg Jets have decided to send their first-round pick, forward Mark Scheifele, back to his junior team, the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. His first taste of the NHL lasted seven games, while he averaged just a little over 10 minutes of ice-time per game. He scored one goal, which came during a 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs last week.

Sending him back to Juniors for another year should serve his development well and playing top-line minutes with the Colts will be better than playing 10 minutes in the NHL before he's ready. Especially when it would do nothing waste a year of his entry-level deal while struggling through a season on a team that is unlikely to make the playoffs. This way he gets to go back to Barrie, work on his game and play against an age-appropriate level of competition.

He was the No. 7 overall pick in the June draft after he scored 22 goals to go with 53 assists in 66 games with Barrie last season.

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Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:51 am

Mark Scheifele headed back to juniors



Given time this kid could be a big power center in the game of the Joe Thorton type. They gave him a taste of the big game and sent him back knowing now what it is that he needs to improve upon. I don't think that they ever intended to keep him. The management group in Winnipeg is looking for long term sucess not instant gratification.

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:18 pm
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Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: October 23, 2011 9:47 pm

Mark Scheifele headed back to juniors

good move,the kid willgo back to barrie,play 25 mins  agame under coach dale hawerchuk...and come xmas time will lead canada in quest for hockey gold...these kids need to be top 6 forwards,or send em back to junior...good move jets

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 5:59 pm

Mark Scheifele headed back to juniors

not surprising.  the kid is talented, no doubt, but he needs to mature physically in order to handle the NHL grind.  same could be said about RNH (although he's more talented than schieffle), but i'm sure the oil will keep him with the big club, even though he'd probably be better off with another year of junior in order to get bigger and stronger.

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