Blake Wheeler declined the opportunity to play in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game as an injury replacement, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Wheeler got the call after Chicago's Jonathan Toews pulled out of the game with an illness. The former Golden Gopher is enjoying a career year in Winnipeg, with 48 points in 49 contests, and was more than deserving of a spot in the game when the rosters were initially released. Look for Wheeler's success to continue, especially if he remains on a line with fellow burners Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers.
Wheeler now has 11 multi-point performances this season, and he's already matched last year's total of 35 assists. The 29-year-old winger has seven points in his last six games and has slid into a tie for fifth in the entire league in that category. If you weren't wise enough to pick up Wheeler this season, you may want to look into what it'll take to get him now, as he's proving to be one of the NHL's top performers.
Blake Wheeler came up empty on 10 shot attempts Monday night in a 2-1 loss to the Avalanche.
Wheeler is a steamroller on skates and that allows him to set plenty of shots between the pipes; he's definitely mobile for a guy that is 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds. Even though he misfired each time Monday, there are leagues where those shot attempts alone add to the point total. Here's hoping that applies to you.
Wheeler has scored the game-winning goal in back-to-back games, and he has three goals in his last four. That only gives him 13 on the season, but thanks to his 31 assists, he's in the top-five for scoring in the NHL.
Blake Wheeler scored and finished with 22:09 worth of ice time in Sunday's loss to the Sabres.
Wheeler matched a season-long drought with two games off the scoresheet coming into Sunday's contest, but he quickly ended that with a first period tally just five minutes in. The 29-year-old is up to 40 points and is on pace to surpass the 60-point plateau for the third consecutive season.