Wheeler garnered a power-play assist in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Los Angeles. Through the opening three games of the season, Wheeler has seen his minutes steadily increasing, as he logged 22:53 of ice time Tuesday, including 3:40 with the man advantage. The winger has notched both of his helpers on the power play, but will need to step up his pace if he is going to get back over the 90-point threshold.
Wheeler notched a goal and assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Blues. Wheeler logged 16:50, including two and a half minutes of power-play time. Winnipeg's captain looks to already be in midseason form and is coming off a career-high 91 points in 2017-18. Wheeler is likely to continue producing at a high level considering he stands to get plenty of time on the Jets' stacked power-play unit.
Wheeler agreed to a five-year, $41.25 million contract extension with the Jets on Tuesday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports. Wheeler, who was set to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent next summer, is one of the NHL's premier power forwards. He's potted at least 23 goals in five straight seasons and managed a career-high 91 points (23 goals, 68 assists) through 81 games with the Jets last year. Between his tremendous puck skills and cemented role on the man advantage, Wheeler will be worthy of a first-round pick in most fantasy leagues.
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.
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