Mark Scheifele
Mark Scheifele
26-Year-Old CenterC
Winnipeg Jets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
For the first time since the 2014-15 campaign, Scheifele played in all 82 games last season, and his numbers show it. The high-powered center set career highs in goals (38), points (84) and shots (199). The dynamic duo (Scheifele and Blake Wheeler) figures to lead the Jets in scoring once against this season, with the 25-year-old anchoring both the top line and the No. 1 power play unit. If he can continue to stay healthy in 2019-20, there is no reason to think the Ontario native won't once again top the 30-goal mark. Fantasy owners will no doubt want to snag Scheifele sooner rather than later in all fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year contract with the Jets in July of 2016 worth $49 million.
Back on familiar pace
CWinnipeg Jets
November 14, 2019
Scheifele recorded a goal and two assists in Thursday's 4-3 win over Florida.
Scheifele has goals in four of the last six games, but this was his first multi-point effort since Oct. 15. All told, Scheifele's giving fantasy owners just what they expected. With eight goals and 12 assists through 20 games, he's on track to maintain a point-per-game pace or better for the fourth consecutive campaign.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Scheifele made a ton of noise offensively last year, as he averaged a point per game during the regular season and rewrote history during the playoffs with 12 road goals -- including an NHL-best seven tallies away from Winnipeg to the detriment of the Predators in Round 2. Big and strong at 6-foot-3 and 207 pounds, Scheifele is the prototypical Jets skater from a physical standpoint and is deployed in all situations. Winning draws has been tough for the former OHL Barrie Colt, as evidenced by his career 45.0 percentage, but that's truly the only knock on his game — and faceoff wins are rarely counted in fantasy leagues anyway. Scheifele could actually be discounted slightly since he sustained a significant upper-body injury last winter, limiting him to the fewest amount of non-playoff games he's ever seen as a full-time player. However, the eighth-year pivot is certifiably elite.
Scheifele is poised for another huge year after posting career highs in goals (32), assists (50) and ice time (20:34) in 2016-17. His doubters, scarce as they may be, will note that just 15 of his 82 points -- a total that ranked seventh in the league -- came in man-advantage situations, while he recorded a rather high 20.0 shooting percentage thanks to taking only 160 shots on net, so improving in those areas could hurdle him into even more elite status. The Ontario native figures to be around the top of most draft boards heading into the 2017-18 campaign, as he’s slated to center the top line with creative playmaker Nikolaj Ehlers and 2017 Calder Cup finalist Patrik Laine at his sides. Those three could all finish as top-10 scorers this season.
Across the final box score for his season, Scheifele churned out an excellent campaign that has the Jets -- and dynasty owners -- giddy with excitement on his prospects moving forward. The young pivot set career highs with 29 goals, 32 assists, a plus-16 rating and 48 PIM. Understandably, the seventh overall pick in 2011 is right on the heels of Bryan Little and could end up on the top line when it's all said and done. The power-play scoring wasn't as high last year as the campaign before -- 11 points compared to 13 -- but he's still one of the game's rising stars at age 23. Scheifele was second on the team in points last season, and while he may not surpass Blake Wheeler this year, another 60-point campaign (or more) should be in the offing.
Scheifele had a fantastic season in 2014-15, breaking out with career highs in goals (15) and assists (34) for a total of 49 points in 82 games with the Jets. The former first-round pick is a big (6-foot-3) and skilled center, and he thrived as a member of Winnipeg’s second-line last season. As a part of the Jets’ second power-play unit, Scheifele was given additional opportunities to set up his teammates and tickle the twine. He should return to a similar role with Winnipeg in 2015-16, but perhaps with some added responsibility. Scheifele is only 22 years old, and he could ultimately develop into one of the league’s top centers over the next few years. Given his talent and significant role with the up-and-coming Jets, Scheifele makes for quite an attractive fantasy option heading into the upcoming season.
Scheifele’s first full season in the NHL ended rather abruptly when he went down with an MCL sprain in March, but there’s a lot to like about the young center. He managed to put up 13 goals and 21 assists in 63 games before getting hurt and figures to be a key piece for the Jets again in 2014-15. He was drafted seventh overall in 2011 and will only be 21 years old when the season starts, so it’s reasonable to expect his numbers to trend upward. After all, he drastically improved in the second half of last season, posting 10 goals and 13 assists in his last 31 games. The only question is how much will his production increase. He’s expected to be the man in the middle on a line with Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler, and if the enigmatic Kane can unlock his full potential as a net crasher, Scheifele could take off.
With Alexander Burmistrov leaving the Jets to continue his career in Russia, Scheifele is likely to play his first full NHL season this year. Although he failed to record a point in four games with the team last year, the Jets' 2011 first round pick did manage an outstanding 30 goals and 49 assists in just 45 games with the OHL's Barrie Colts last season. If you like to gamble on a young up-and-coming star late in your fantasy draft, Scheifele should be one of the names you consider. Be warned, however, that he's not necessarily going to provide star-level numbers right out of the gate, as he'll be given a chance to develop. He also is by no means a shoo-in to be on the team's top two offensive lines to start his big league career.
Scheifele split his time in 2011-2012 between the Ontario Hockey League, the AHL, and the NHL, scoring one goal in seven games to begin the seasons before Winnipeg sent him back juniors. Though the 19 year-old did not dazzle during his short time with the big club, his potential is undeniable. The Jets used a seventh-overall pick on this very raw Ontario native in 2011, understanding that he would require some seasoning in the minors, and for owners in long-term dynasty formats, Scheifele makes for a great upside pick.
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Another game-winner Sunday
CWinnipeg Jets
November 10, 2019
Scheifele scored 21 seconds into overtime to give the Jets a 3-2 win over the Stars on Sunday.
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Pots go-ahead goal
CWinnipeg Jets
November 8, 2019
Scheifele netted a goal on three shots in Friday's 4-1 win over the Canucks.
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Forces overtime Saturday
CWinnipeg Jets
November 2, 2019
Scheifele scored the game-tying goal in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Golden Knights.
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Delivers assist
CWinnipeg Jets
November 1, 2019
Scheifele notched an assist in Friday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
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Earns power-play assist
CWinnipeg Jets
October 26, 2019
Scheifele picked up a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Flames.
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