Every year when the NHL season inches closer to the trade deadline, we start to see all different kinds of trade rumors as it becomes more clear which teams will be sellers and which teams may be buyers at the deadline. One player that is stirring some interest is Winnipeg Jets star forward, Mark Scheifele.
Scheifele had a first half of the season like we have not seen throughout his career. Through 37 games played, he has eleven goals and nineteen assists, but his most eye-opening stat is his plus/minus. Going into today, Scheifele’s plus/minus is currently at minus-12.
Due to this and the current state of where the Winnipeg Jets sit in the standings, some are suggesting that the Jets trade Scheifele. If Kevin Cheveldayoff does this, the Jets will offload Scheifele’s contract that expires at the end of the 2022-2023 season that carries an average annual value of $6,125,000, in exchange for some top-rated assets (including high drafts picks and/or top prospects).
The Winnipeg Jets should not trade Mark Scheifele
Since Scheifele has joined the Jets he has been an outstanding example of consistency. He has always found a way to bring his “A-game” which has made him so difficult to defend against. Subsequently, he is always near or at the top of the team lead in goals, assists, and points, but this year Scheiefle has not been his regular self.
It is too early to now throw the towel in on the twenty-eight-year-old forward. Just because Scheifele has not had a first half of the season up to his usual standards, should not be a reason to trade him.
The Jets’ former 2011 first-round draft choice still has a lot to offer for the Jets and he is a top-caliber player you want to mold your roster around. Scheifele adds a game changing factor to the Jets’ offense and he will be a key figure for the franchise’s success for the coming years.
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