by Brandt Corbin
Winnipeg Jet general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff went to the podium and got one of the loudest ovations of the night. The newly relocated team then selected center Mark Scheifele, a 6’3 175 pounder who played last season with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. But that selection is a little ironic, reason being Scheifele’s coach is Winnipeg Jet great Dale Hawerchuk.
Came out of nowhere
At the beginning of the season, the 17-year-old had no guarantees to even make the Colts. When it was all said and done he finished 2nd in team scoring (22 goals 53 assists 75 points) on a team that was in a complete rebuild. The Kitchener Ontario native in 2009 was a 7th round (134th overall) OHL selection of the Saginaw Spirit, but was acquired by the Colts in September of 2010. “A year ago nobody associated with scouting in the National Hockey League had any idea who Mark Scheifele was,” said TSN’s Bob Mckenzie during the NHL draft broadcast.
In November when Central Scouting first came out with the rankings, he was rated #19 among OHL players. Mid term within North America he had moved up to #21, with the final ranking at #16. TSN had him ranked #12 overall, which of course he went into the op ten.
As his 55 assists would attest to, Scheifele will be a solid playmaker, who see’s the ice very well. He has a lethal combination of both a quick release to go with a hard shot. He’s a hard worker, who wants to prove the naysayers wrong. Two weaknesses if any is his lack of feet speed, plus he needs to add more muscle onto his 175 pound frame.