Monday, October 3, 2011

Jets Sign Mark Scheifele

After an impressive pre-sesaon, the Winnipeg Jets seventh overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has been signed to his first entry-level contract.

His eight points (four goals, four assists) through the five pre-season games that he played, not only led all Jets players, but was second amongst all scorers in pre-season scoring, behind Dallas Stars Mike Ribeiro.

With the signing, Scheifele is undoubtedly being given a shot at starting the season with the Jets up in the NHL for the maximum of nine games before this contract kicks in with the first year.

A busy summer for the first round pick and former Barrie Colt with a productive OHL season, U-18 World Championships, the Hockey Canada National Junior Team Development Camp, and then the Jets Rookie Tournament in September, the fall will now be even busier as he tries to impress Jets brass again with his play and make his case to stay in the NHL as an 18 year-old.

Scheifele's entry-level contract is a three-year deal. If he plays more than nine games this season, the first year of eligibility on his entry-level contract will come into effect.

Scheifele will earn $925,000, plus $700,000 in average bonuses, giving him a cap hit of $1.625 million.

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