Kane mentors sniper Scheifele

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:04 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Just a short time ago, Evander Kane was one of the players Mark Scheifele looked up to.

On Saturday afternoon, Scheifele was skating alongside Kane as Winnipeg Jets training camp hit the ice.

“It was unreal,” said Scheifele, the Jets first round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. “(Kane) is so good with the puck. He’s so fast. It was unbelievable to actually play with a guy who was my hero, like two years ago.”

For what it’s worth, Kane thinks Scheifele has a bright future ahead of him.

“He looked really good out there and he definitely has a high skill level and a real good shot,” said Kane. “He’s a smart player.”

Kane was able to crack the Atlanta Thrashers lineup as an 18-year-old in 2008-09, so he has a pretty good idea what Scheifele is going through.

“It’s tough. It’s your first camp, you’re playing against men and you don’t really know how things work and that’s probably the toughest adjustment you have to make coming from junior,” said Kane, noting Zach Bogosian and Alexander Burmistrov also broke into the organization as 18-year-olds. “We’re definitely going to help him and I’m sure he’ll figure it out pretty quick.”

From this point forward, Scheifele is going to try to make it difficult for Jets management to send him back to the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.

His motivation level is so high that making the Jets is slipping into his subconscious.

“I’ve had dreams about it, playing in front of the Winnipeg crowd,” said Scheifele.

COACH IMPRESSED: After putting three groups through the paces on Saturday, Jets head coach Claude Noel came away impressed.

“It should be good and there should be some enthusiasm, which I thought we had a lot of,” said Noel.

ANTROPOV EXCUSED: Jets forward Nik Antropov was the first player to hit the ice on Saturday, to a rousing ovation, but he was on a plane to Toronto by early afternoon so he could attend the funeral service for close friend and former teammate Igor Korolev. Antopov is expected to rejoin the Jets in time for Monday’s workouts.


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