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Jets send Scheifele back to Barrie of the OHL

TSN.ca Staff

10/24/2011 12:02:03 AM

The Winnipeg Jets have decided that Mark Scheifele needs more time to develop.

The Jets sent Scheifele back to the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League on Sunday.

In seven games this season, the first round draft pick registered one goal and no assists.

"The way he played in Penticton (rookie camp) and the exhibition season, the way he handled himself at the National Hockey League level, we"re ecstatic," Cheveldayoff told TSN1290 in Winnipeg.

"He's going to be an impact player in junior. I think with that comes the pressure of leading a team and the expectations of producing all the time. I think those are the type of things, that when he comes to be an NHL player, will be his responsibility all the time. It's a development process. 18-years-old, that a big feather in his cap to have earned the right to play seven games here." 

Scheifele saw less than eight minutes of ice-time in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

When asked how he took the news, Cheveldayoff said Scheifele handled it professionally.

"I think he took it great. He's a humble person. He worked hard and he took nothing for granted. That's his mentality."