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Jets send ’11 first-rounder Scheifele back to junior

Feb 6, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

Mark Scheifele AP

In surprising news, the Winnipeg Jets have sent Mark Scheifele — their first-round pick, 7th overall at the 2011 Draft — back to his junior club in OHL Barrie.

It’s a newsworthy development on a number of fronts.

One, Scheifele made the Jets out of training camp and has been with the club for three weeks. While he’s only played in four games this year and therefore still eligible to be returned to junior, most NHL clubs made the decision to reassign their prospects a while ago (see here and here and here).

Two, it makes you wonder what Winnipeg was waiting for.

Scheifele had been a healthy scratch on a number of occasions and wasn’t a major factor in the games he did play in, going scoreless in four contests while averaging just over 11 minutes a night.

But in his last game — Friday’s 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay — Scheifele played a career-high 16:47 and managed to finish with an even rating despite the fact Winnipeg allowed five even-strength goals (Blake Wheeler finished minus-3 and played less than Scheifele.)

This marks the second time in as many seasons that the Jets have re-assigned Scheifele to junior.

In 2011-12, he appeared in seven games with the club before being sent back to Barrie, but was later called up to the AHL playoffs with the St. John’s IceCaps, playing in 10 games while notching one assist.

  1. sippindasyzurp - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    This is not a shocker in Winnipeg, we here have been waiting for the team to send him down.. He has no area where he fits in on the roster, no use keeping him on the 3rd and 4th lines.. He will make the club next year, when they get rid of a few guys that they have been waiting for there contracts to expire.

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Yeah, I’d imagine they’ll either let Antro and Hainsey walk or make em take a paycut. Postma and Redmond seem to be holding their own thus far and I’d like to think they’ll make an offer for both of them. Wheeler and Little will want a raise. They might have to do some shuffling (Scheifeling?) to fit him in but if he doesn’t make the team next year, I wonder what sort of future he’ll even have with the Jets.

    • Mike Halford - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    • letsgopens8771 - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Why would Antropov walk? Wouldn’t the Jets be foolish not to re-sign him? He is a big net mouth presence and can score goals. LOL my brother always kills me at NHL when he plays as the Jets. He once scored 7 goals in one game as Nik Antropov and I was the Rangers!

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        I don’t think they’d necessarily want him to walk but I’m not sure he’s worth the $4mil+/yr he’s getting now.

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