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Jets Journal: Brotherly Love

Four Jets players trade in for new digits including Mark Scheifele

Tuesday, 04.10.2011 / 2:49 PM / Jets Journal
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Jets Journal: Brotherly Love
Four Jets players trade in for new digits including Mark Scheifele
FROM THE MORNING SKATE

The Winnipeg Jets took to the ice Tuesday morning for a full team practice. The first notable was newly signed Jet rookie, Mark Scheifele sporting a new number, 55, on his helmet. Along with Scheifele, Derek Meech, who has been wearing number 47, got rid of the four and now wears 7. Kendle McArdle and Aaron Gagnon, both who were not on the ice due to injury and who may start the season on the IR, have also changed digits. McArdle changed from 40 to 23 and Gagnon from 42 to 21.

Tim Stapleton and Troy Bodie were two notables on the ice for the Jets this morning as both players are waiting to find out if they will have a permanent spot on the roster. With Paul Postma being released to St. John's, that leaves Troy Bodie still searching for a contract. There was no further mentions or announcements this afternoon about the status of Bodie.

Unfortunately for Stapleton, he was forced to leave practice early as he took a shot to the face from Tobias Enstrom. The puck hit him above the eye that required immediate assistance and a handful of stitches.

One of the top lines on the ice during practice had Kyle Wellwood, Mark Scheifele and Evander Kane skating together.

"Kane has some power and size. Scheifele is a big guy, young and Wellwood is smart, doesn't have size but has intellect so I think the three of them can combine for something. Both good play-making good defensive play and some size should give you some physicality. It should fit, the chemistry should work a bit. At least you've put the pieces in place for chemistry and we'll see how it all shapes up."

The other lines looked like this:

Wheeler-Little-Ladd
Cormier-Burmistrov-Antropov
Glass-Slater-Thorburn
Stapleton-Bodie

D-man pairings:

Byfuglien-Enstrom
Bogosian-Hainsey
Stuart-Oduya
Meech-Jones

BROTHERLY LOVE

For Scheifele, the number 55 is a tribute to his 20-year-old brother, Kyle.

"My brother wore it," said Scheifele. "He was my role model growing up, he's a couple years older than me. It was one of the numbers available so I thought maybe I'd get to share it with him a little bit. It's a little representation of him being there too. He's such a good sport to me. He helped me through hockey so much, teaching me things that he learned two years a head of time. He's one of my biggest fans too."

Kyle now studies electrical engineering at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario and no longer plays competitive hockey. Both Mark's brother and sister will be in attendance on Sunday afternoon to watch their brother proudly sport number 55 in his first NHL regular season game.

"Copying me again, eh?" is the comment Kyle joked to his brother after he was told that he was going to wear 55.

AEBISCHER TO PLAY IN ST. JOHN'S

David Aebischer has been hanging by a thread waiting patiently to find out where he will be playing hockey once the puck drops on the regular season. The 33-year-old from Fribourg, Switzerland signed a one-year, AHL contract with St. John's IceCaps. As the deadline for his Swiss-A team, Lugano was late Monday night, Aebischer had to either sign a contract or go back to Swizerland. 

"It was always an option because if I didn't sign here yesterday, I would have to go back but I'm happy I had the chance to sign here." Aebischer said of the easy decision presented.

Aebischer had a good thing going in the Swiss league and could easily have continued there comfortably and played until retirement, but there was a burning flame within him that persuaded him to give it one more try at the NHL level.

"Why not, it's always fun to try things again," said Aebischer. "It's the best league in the world and I would like to play there again. I came here and didn't really know what the Jets' were looking for and I got the opportunity and took it.

"I'm going to play well and as much as I can and see what happens. There's always an option. It's the first step and I'm going to have to take the second one later on."

Aebischer has played in St. John's only once as a member of the Hershey Bears and remembers only minor details of the city. Liking seafood was one positive note for the humble goaltender.

"I've heard a couple of good things about St. John's and I'm going to find out for myself."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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