Heading into the 2013-14 season, the Winnipeg Jets are a team that will look to be on the rise. After narrowly missing out on the postseason, they’re going to be starved for a playoff berth next year, and will be looking to take the necessary steps with their roster this summer to get them there.
One player that could make a difference for them is already in the organization. Mark Scheifele has been a player that has looked like he has the skill set to be an impact guy for the Jets, though he hasn’t been able to stick with them to this point. He’s been toiling in the OHL over the past few seasons.
This season was the best of his career, providing outstanding play for the Barrie Colts. He finished the year with a terrific 79 points in 45 games. Of his 79 points, 39 were goals, which was 16 more than his previous career high. He was a plus-27 for the year, which was also the best of his career with Barrie.
While the Jets aren’t exactly a club starved for offense, they’re right around the middle of the pack. Which means that they’ll be looking for players to boost their offensive attack. Scheifele has played in 11 games so far with the Jets, but this could be the season that we really see him stick, after the year that he had in the OHL.
At 6’2″, Scheifele brings good size to the table. While he may not be a superstar, he’s the type of guy that does a lot of things very well. He has outstanding vision and is creative with the puck. He easily projects as a top six center in the middle of this lineup for a long time.
But will that long time come this next season? It’s certainly possible. The Jets aren’t going to have a ton of cap space to work with, as they have a few free agents that will cost a pretty penny. Scheifele, if he can bring that level of play to the table, would be a perfect in-house addition to the lineup.