Jets' Wheeler feeling heat after another slow start

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Francis Bouillon (l) dumps Winnipeg Jets right winger Blake Wheeler...

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Francis Bouillon (l) dumps Winnipeg Jets right winger Blake Wheeler during NHL hockey in Winnipeg, Man. Tuesday, October 15, 2013. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:25 AM ET

Blake Wheeler has a realistic view of his game and so far he’s not at all impressed with what he sees.

The Winnipeg Jets right-winger is off to another slow start this season and was criticized by his coach for his poor play during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

The Jets leading scorer two seasons ago, Wheeler is known as a streaky player, but right now he’s hurting his team more than he’s helping. To his credit, the 27-year-old veteran was not shying away from the criticism Wednesday, but instead pointing a finger at himself.

“I’m honest with myself,” said Wheeler, who signed a six-year, $33.6 million deal with the Jets in the off-season. “I know when I’m not playing well. I can look in the mirror and know when I’m playing well and doing the best I can for this team.”

As the Jets have stumbled out of the gate to a 3-4 record despite playing the majority of their games at home, Wheeler’s struggles have been among the most noticeable.

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