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Jets Journal: Scheifele Signs

Mark Scheifele signs entry-level contract with the Winnipeg Jets

Monday, 03.10.2011 / 2:57 PM / 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 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 65 22 30 13 52
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
B. Wheeler 63 17 29 13 46
D. Byfuglien 65 15 27 6 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 65 10 26 2 36
M. Frolik 65 14 20 5 34
D. Stafford 59 11 17 -20 28
J. Tlusty 55 13 11 -19 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 8 5 .918 2.34
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.57
 
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