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Jets Journal: Scheifele Signs

Mark Scheifele signs entry-level contract with the Winnipeg Jets

Monday, 10.3.2011 / 1:57 PM CT / Jets Journal
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Jets Journal: Scheifele Signs
Jets gathered for one last off-day session before their final pre-season game.

SCHEIFELE SIGNS ON THE DOTTED LINE

Winnipeg Jets first round pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Mark Scheifele, can breathe a sigh of relief Monday morning. The Jets announced first thing Monday that they have come terms with Scheifele on a three-year, entry-level contract. Terms of his contract were not disclosed.

After an impressive pre-season stint, leading the Jets in scoring with four goals and eight points in five exhibition games, Scheifele has earned the right to be in the lineup on October 9th, against the Montreal Canadiens. Jets' GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, addressed the media after practice at the MTS Iceplex Monday afternoon confirming that Scheifele will play opening night but there are no expectations beyond that.

"He's showing great potential," said Chevy. "Certainly we're very excited about his training camp and very happy to have him signed to a contract.

"There really are no expectations. He'll be in the lineup opening night and we'll take it day-by-day in those regards. There are no guarantees of anything. I met with him this morning and we're all on the same page in that we know it's an accomplishment of where he's gotten to at this point and we're just going to evaluate on a daily basis, on a game by game basis."

Although there are no expectations, it doesn't mean that the spotlight won't be on Scheifele for the first few games. If anything, the lens will be zoomed in on number 45.

"I think the microscope is always going to be on him," said Captain Andrew Ladd. "I think especially for that first nine games, everybody is going to be watching and judging, obviously knowing that there is a big decision on that tenth game. He does a great job of staying away from that and just playing hockey. He has a great head on his shoulders, that's one of the things that's pretty impressive about him, he's smart and just plays hockey."

That's what he does best, plays hockey, with a smile on his face. His permanent grin got even bigger after signing on the dotted line. Who wouldn't be beaming after signing their first NHL contract?

"It was unreal, "said Scheifele. "I don't think I've had that big of a smile on my face for signing anything in my life. It was an unbelievable moment, definitely a big difference from junior.

"To [play hockey] for a living is an unbelievable feeling and that's what drives me and what motivates me to always have a smile on my face. I'm always happy to be at the rink. I get to do what I love everyday and get paid for it, I'd do it for free."

After the deal was done, Coach Claude Noel entered the dressing room and said, "We've signed a new player. The players gave him a warm round of applause congratulating him on his contract.

"It was good to see the guys congratulate me," Scheifele commented. "It's nice to hear it from guys who I idolized a few years ago so it was definitely cool."

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 75 24 35 11 59
B. Wheeler 73 24 34 24 58
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 75 14 32 10 46
D. Byfuglien 66 16 27 7 43
M. Frolik 75 17 23 4 40
D. Stafford 69 16 24 -14 40
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 65 14 15 -18 29
T. Myers 65 7 18 -9 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 14 7 .919 2.35
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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