February 6, 2013
Mark Scheifele had too much working against him, says Hawerchuk
By PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (L) and Tampa Bay Lightning's Brian Lee battle for position during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Tampa, Florida February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Carlson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

Mark Scheifele’s junior coach says the 19-year-old had too many things working against him to stick with the Winnipeg Jets.

Dale Hawerchuk says the lockout, the Jets roster and financial considerations hemmed Scheifele into a corner he never did get out of, as the Jets sent their first-ever draft pick back to the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts, Wednesday.

“It being a lockout year... and now a shortened season, the pressure to win every night — it’s always a lot easier to go with guys that have mileage up there already,” Hawerchuk told the Winnipeg Sun. “They’ve got some pretty good top-six type forwards there. Whereas other teams might have a need for that.

“The other thing you’ve got to remember, too, you’ve got a lot of guys you’re paying big bucks to. You’re not going to start sitting them out. You say, ‘Hey, we could wait a year and have an extra year on his contract.’



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