Mark Scheifele continues to improve in his first full season in the NHL. On Saturday he did something he had never done before. He finally scored a goal at the MTS Centre in a game that mattered.
Mark Scheifele’s first goal at the MTS Centre was scored on a power play late in the third period of the first exhibition game ever played by the new Winnipeg Jets, against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
That was in September, 2011. He had to wait until January 18, 2014 to get his next.
Mark Scheifele’s play has improved by leaps and bounds over the course of this season. Early on in the year he appeared mostly invisible and there was a large debate amongst fans and members of the media as to whether or not he belonged in the NHL.
At this point in the season there are no doubts as Scheifele has clearly established himself as an NHL regular who can contribute at this level.
His recent surge has seen him rise to fourth place amongst rookies in the NHL.
This surge seemed to begin in a game against the St. Louis Blues. During the second period something just seemed to click. The puck started to find its way onto his stick and he began finding ways to make plays with it.
First on a line with Frolik and Halischuk, and now with Wheeler and O’Dell, Scheifele continues to produce at a consistent level.
Much of this has to do with the consistency of effort he and his teammates have been giving, no matter what the circumstances have been.
Even when the Jets were struggling under former head coach Claude Noel, Scheifele continued to put up points.
Despite this production he was still unable to score a goal at home and give the fans something to cheer about.
The fans seemed to sense the occasion and gave him a huge ovation after the goal was scored.
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