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02-10-2013, 06:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Tintin's Ghost View Post
I'm in agreement that Scheifele could use some time in St. John's if it keeps on the upward trajectory of development. Jets picked him high so should invest a lot of time and resources.

However, if after a couple of years in the AHL, he tops out as a 3rd line C then scouting and/or player development requires a kick in the arse and change in philosophy. Scheif needs to be at least a top tier 2nd line C to justify his draft position. That much is on TNSE as much as Scheif. They gotta create a successful environment for Scheif to flourish.

On that note, TNSE needs to take a look at the massive pile of indifference and under-performance that is slowly accumualting on the Rock. If the stories about Macho are true then ffs move him for another warm body and keep the bitterness away from Scheif and Lowry.
Some guys reach their draft status, others don't.

If Scheifele is a productive 3rd line guy (or 2nd line guy) as a full-time NHL rookie, who contributes and improves, then there's nothing wrong with that in my opinion. It took Giroux a few years to move up the ranks in Philly to be a significant player on their team, if Scheifele does the same, it's all good.

To expect him to walk into a 2nd C spot, at a young age, may not be best for his long-term development. There shouldn't be a timeline either, if he continues to show improvement. If he plateaus, or shows he can't get there, you move on. Such is life.

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