Mark Scheifele is poised for another huge year after posting career highs in goals (32), assists (50) and ice time (20:34) in 2016-17. His doubters, scarce as they may be, will note that just 15 of his 82 points -- a total that ranked seventh in the league -- came in man-advantage situations, while he recorded a rather high 20.0 shooting percentage thanks to taking only 160 shots on net, so improving in those areas could hurdle him into even more elite status. The Ontario native figures to be around the top of most draft boards heading into the 2017-18 campaign, as he's slated to center the top line with creative playmaker Nikolaj Ehlers and 2017 Calder Cup finalist Patrik Laine at his sides. Those three could all finish as top-10 scorers this season.
Scheifele notched three goals and five assists in 10 outings with Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Two of Scheifele's three tallies came with the man advantage, a role he thrived in this season with Winnipeg. All told, the center registered 15 points on the power play for the Jets while averaging 3:06 of ice time. It was a banner year for the 24-year-old as he set career highs in goals (32), assists (50), plus/minus (plus-18), and game-winning goals (five). Winnipeg is often a forgotten franchise given its lack of postseason success, but fantasy owners would be remiss to overlook Scheifele, as he could contend for the scoring title in 2017-18.
Scheifele will join Canada for the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Scheifele will be joined by teammate Josh Morrissey overseas as Canada looks to make it a three-peat for the Great White North. During the 2016-17 campaign, the center led the Jets with 32 goals and 50 assists -- an average of 1.04 points per outing -- including seven markers with the man advantage. If Winnipeg challenges for a playoff spot next year, Scheifele will almost certainly be a big reason why.
Scheifele netted a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Blues. Scheifele is finishing the season strong, as he's now the owner of 12 points in his last 11 games, and Tuesday's duo pushed his total to 80 on the year. He's held it down on the defensive end of the ice during that time as well, posting a plus-8 rating. Last year was great, but this season has seen Scheifele take a leap to being one of the league's elite forwards.
Scheifele chipped in a goal and an assist at even strength to go with another assist on the power play Tuesday against the Flyers. Scheifele's third-period tally to make it 3-1 turned into the game-winner when his team conceded a meaningless goal with two seconds to play. His line with Blake Wheeler and Mathieu Perreault combined for all three goals and eight points, and the 24-year-old center pushed his point streak to four games. Don't look now, but Scheifele sits just eight points back of Connor McDavid for the league lead.
Scheifele missed practice Wednesday with an illness, but figures to suit up against the Islanders on Thursday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Despite Scheifele racking up 16 points in his last 12 outings, the Jets find themselves 10 points back from securing a Wild Card spot. If they are going to make a late push, the center will certainly need to maintain -- or even improve -- his 1.03 point per game average.
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