Jets rookie Mark Scheifele pumped up about worlds

Jets centre Mark Scheifele missed the last 19 games of the season but his knee has healed and he...

Jets centre Mark Scheifele missed the last 19 games of the season but his knee has healed and he will now suit up for Canada at the world championship in Minsk. (Kevin King/QMI Agency/Files)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:06 PM ET

WINNIPEG - When Mark Scheifele sits down his grandkids to tell them about his rookie season in the NHL, they’ll be in for a rather long tale, filled with enough ups and downs to hold their attention.

There was the bogged-down beginning, when the highly-touted first-round draft pick struggled out of the gate, managing just one goal and four assists in his first 24 games.

There was the bittersweet middle, when Scheifele discovered his game, scoring 12 goals and 17 assists in his next 39 games, but lost the head coach who’d showed so much patience in him.

And there was the abrupt end, when a knee injury cut him down with 19 games to go.

To the now-21-year-old’s delight and surprise, the story has one more chapter: an invitation to play for Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship, in Belarus next month.

“I’m so pumped — I can’t wait to get over there,” Scheifele said, Tuesday, fresh off another skate in his efforts to get back the conditioning he lost while injured.


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