Winnipeg Jets: Three Talking Points as the Jets Lose to the St. Louis Blues

Winnipeg Jets, Pierre-Luc Dubois, #80, (Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports)
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Winnipeg Jets, Mark Scheifele #55, (Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports) /

1. Mark Scheifele Needs to Start Scoring

Mark Scheifele has been limited to six of the Jets’ first twelve games this season due to a combination of completing a suspension from last season, and time off in Covid protocol.

In his absence, other players like Andrew Copp, Pierre Luc Dubois, and Kyle Connor have put up impressive offensive numbers. While that is fantastic, Mark Scheifele is unquestionably the best forward on the Winnipeg Jets.

For the Jets to compete this season, they need their top center who finished ninth in NHL scoring last season to play at that level. Scheifele looked better last night creating some chances for his linemates Blake Wheeler and Adam Lowry.

Overall, I am confident that Scheifele has too much talent to be mired in a prolonged slump. However, every game where Scheifele is playing at a notch below elite level is going to be a struggle for the Jets, particularly against strong teams like the Blues.

Fortunately for the Jets, the next two games are against easier opponents San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, followed by a match against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, a team that Scheifele seems to always play well against.

This would be a perfect trio of games for Scheifele to elevate his game to the level we are accustomed to.

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