Wheeler wrapped up the 2017-18 campaign bogged down in a nine-game goalless streak. Despite his inability to find the back of the net, Wheeler still garnered 11 helpers during his drought. If the winger is disappointed in his postseason performance, he will certainly look back fondly on a regular season in which he led the team with 91 points (ninth overall in the league) that included a career-high 68 helpers. It was also the 31-year-old's fifth consecutive 20-goal campaign -- a threshold he should certainly be capable of reaching next year. The biggest question looking ahead to 2018-19 is whether Wheeler will sign an extension before the last year of his contract runs out. Regardless, the Minnesota native figures to be one of the elite-level players coveted by fantasy owners early in their league drafts.
Wheeler found his linemate Mark Scheifele on one goal and started the play on the second, but his team fell short in a 4-2 loss to Vegas in Game 3 on Wednesday. Wheeler was a big reason why the Jets' attack was so effective in the regular season, and his passes have continued to fuel the top line. But the danger is that in this game, nobody besides Scheifele was able to turn those passes into a good look at goal. If the Jets can't get someone else to find twine too, Wheeler's assists might dry up as the Knights key on stopping Scheifele moving forward.
Wheeler compiled three assists -- including two on the power play -- as the Jets defeated the Golden Knights 4-2 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Saturday. Wheeler is such an unselfish player, as evidenced by the winger's goals-to-assist ratio of 3:15 through 13 games this postseason. Winnipeg's top line comprised of Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele and Wheeler naturally will be tough for Vegas to contain, especially with this 6-foot-5, 225-pound tank rumbling through the attacking zone and creating open shooting lanes for his teammates.
Wheeler dished out two assists in Thursday's 5-1 Game 7 win over the Predators. Wheeler had another productive effort with his season on the line, helping propel his team to the Western Conference finals. He's displayed excellent passing skills this postseason after a 68-assist campaign, racking up 12 helpers in 12 playoff games to go with a trio of goals.
Wheeler recorded three assists in a 6-2 victory over the Predators on Saturday. The Jets lead the series 3-2. The 31-year-old led the NHL with 68 assists during the regular season, and that trend has continued this spring. Wheeler assisted on both goals from Kyle Connor, who was just placed back on the top line in Game 5, and then picked up a helper on Mark Scheifele's goal to open the third period. Winnipeg's captain is averaging an assist per game with 10 in 10 playoff contests this spring. He also has three goals.
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