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McKenzie: Scheifele, Trouba to compete for Jets roster spots

Sep 6, 2013, 11:16 PM EST

Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba are the Winnipeg Jets’ prospects with the best chance at competing for spots on the big club this year.

That’s according to TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie, who is Penticton, B.C., for the Canucks Young Stars Classic, which the Jets’ prospects are competing in.

The Jets played their first game of the five-team tournament on Friday at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Neither Scheifele, the 20-year-old center, or Trouba, the 19-year-old defenseman, registered a point in the 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks prospects.

Scheifele, who has 11 games of NHL experience with the Jets after being selected seventh overall in 2011, had a team-high six shots on goal.

Trouba, Winnipeg’s ninth overall selection the following year, was a minus-one.

Scheifele is the veteran of the Jets group in Penticton, having spent time in Winnipeg in each of the last two seasons.

That first year I felt a little awestruck… not knowing what to expect, not knowing how to adapt to playing against guys like (Dustin) Byfuglien and (Zach) Bogosian and huge guys like that,” Scheifele told the Winnipeg Free Press.

“Now that I’ve went through it two years and seen what it takes to handle playing against big guys like that, I definitely think my mental side has gone a big way since my first year.”

  1. sampulls - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Must be nice for the Jets to have a couple bullets in the chamber like these two guys.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Well Atlanta sure didn’t leave us any gems besides Bogo, and he was rushed too early.

  2. pavelfitzgerald - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    “No sh!t McKenzie” said everyone with a pulse who follows hockey.
    The Jets want to build their team by developing draft picks thru the AHL. They appreciate this more then maybe other teams having run the Manitoba Moose for years & having developed guys like Kesler, Burrows, Bourdon (R.I.P.), Edler, Bieksa, Lack, etc.
    The fact that Trouba is bypassing the AHL with a chancs to go straight from College to NHL speaks to what a beast he can be. There is a reason this kid was the only non-NHLer invited to the US Olympic camp (as a Canadian I am jealous that this kids American)

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