Scheifele will not be available for Opening Night to kick off the 2021-22 campaign as he has one game remaining on his suspension. Unfortunately for Scheifele, the Jets were swept in their best-of-seven series with Montreal while he still had one game left to serve on his four-game ban. Even with his suspension, the 28-year-old center should be capable of putting up 70-80 points next year with a full 82-game season. Considering the Ontario native has racked up 20-plus goals in six straight campaigns, fantasy players should consider selecting Scheifele early in drafts next fall.
Scheifele has received a four-game suspension for his hit on Jake Evans in Wednesday's Game 1 loss to Montreal. Evans needed to be stretchered off the ice after Scheifele laid down a brutal hit in the final minute of Wednesday's contest. Now, Winnipeg's regular-season scoring leader will be out until Game 6 on June 11, if that game is still necessary. The 28-year-old had five points in as many games so far this postseason. Paul Stastny (undisclosed) could take over as the top-line center if he's able to suit up for Friday's Game 2 tilt.
Scheifele will have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Thursday for charging on Montreal's Jake Evans. Scheifele's meeting is not an in-person hearing, so the max suspension that can be levied is five games. Still, with the Jets dropping the first game in the series to the Habs, losing their leading scorer from the regular season (63 points) won't improve Winnipeg's chances of advancing. The absence of Paul Stastny (undisclosed) will further stretch the center depth for the Jets and could see Pierre-Luc Dubois elevated to the first line.
Scheifele recorded 17 PIM and two shots in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to Montreal in Game 1. After Jake Evans sealed the deal for the Habs on an empty-net goal, Scheifele came flying in on Evans and hit him high, causing the Montreal forward to lay motionless on the ice. The Jets' star center seemingly let his emotions get the better of him throughout the game, as he was continuously involved in post-whistle scrums during his 24:43 of ice time. Scheifele wasn't assessed a match penalty on the play, but it seems supplemental discipline is a plausible -- if not likely -- scenario. If Scheifele is suspended, it will be handed out by the league prior to Game 2 on Friday.
Scheifele scored two goals on seven shots in Monday night's 4-3 triple overtime win over the Oilers in Game 4. Opening the scoring early in the contest on a wicked one-timer, Scheifele continued to dominate the game in the third period with another top-shelf goal on Mike Smith. The 28-year-old continued his dominance in overtime with multiple chances to end the game and finished the series with five points in four contests. Scheifele and the Jets will now have to wait and see whether they face Montreal or Toronto in Round 2.
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