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Winnipeg Jets Prospect Thread 2012-13
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11-25-2012, 07:20 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
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Honestly, I expect Scheifele to force his way onto the NHL roster next year. That's how top prospects develop, they force the hands of management into placing them on the roster. I love Scheifele's offensive awareness, I think the Jets will need that offense and Scheifele will force them to keep him on the roster, likely as a 2nd line C. The room is open on the roster next year, with Antropov, Ponikarovsky as uncertain to whether they will be back, and Wellwood all but gone, IMO. I would not "hand" him a spot, make him earn it, but give him a real chance, I think they'll like what they see. No good comes of forcing players down levels if they are ready, prospects can be ruined that way just as easily as by rushing them, IMO, which is something that gets overlooked here sometimes, IMO.
Honestly I think it would be great if he managed to force Little back onto the wing. I think we keep Little at C because he's such a good two-way player, but his playmaking could use a little to be desired. It could also force Little into taking a more offensive role and shooting more, which he's quite good at. He has posted very solid shooting %'s, his problem is that he just doesn't tend to take a lot of shots. I think moving him onto the wing could open him a lot more for that. Plus we don't lose anything in the circle as Scheifele is a good right-handed faceoff man.
A top six of: Kane - Jokinen - Wheeler + Ladd - Scheifele - Little or any of them interchanged sounds pretty good to me.
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