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Scheifele discusses Jets culture, urgency to win in Q&A with NHL.com

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NHL.com’s Q&A feature “Sitting Down with …” talks with key figures in the game and gains insight into their lives on and off the ice. This edition features Winnipeg his Jets forward. Mark Shaifel.

Henderson, Nevada — Mark Shaifel You can feel the urgency among the Winnipeg Jets heading into this season.

The Jets, who host the New York Rangers in their regular-season opener on Oct. 14, are eager to rebound after failing to qualify for last season’s Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2016-17, with their clock on I know it’s ticking. core.scheifele, forward Blake Wheeler,Counsel Brenden Dillon When Dylan DeMello and goalie Connor Herebuick Each has two seasons before they are eligible to be unrestricted free agents.forward Nikolai Ehlers When Mason Appleton and defenseman Neil Pionk When Nate Schmidt You can become an unrestricted free agent next season.

“There aren’t many players here for a long time,” Scheifele said. “We have a short time frame to success and we have a lot of older players who want to be successful right now, so I think they see that. I think we have high expectations for the team, and I think that’s a good thing.”

The biggest move of the offseason took over in the interim after Winnipeg (39-32-11) finished eight points behind the Nashville Predators in the second wild card to the playoffs from the Western Conference last season. It was to hire coach Rick Bowness to replace Dave Lowry. After Paul Maurice stepped down on December 17, Coach.

“I think people are looking at our team because we have a lot of great players,” Scheifele said. “Obviously the top six forwards are pretty dynamite. We have a lot of good players. There are many skilled players who can score. [defense] We have one of the best goalkeepers in the league. Now that you have the parts, all you have to do is set them up and put them together in the right way. “

NHL.com caught up with Scheifele on Sept. 16 at the NHL North American Players Media Tour. The 29-year-old forward, who scored 70 points (29 goals, 41 assists) in 67 games last season, spoke of Jets culture. His feelings about playing last season, his comments about his future after last season, and more.

Bowness said the team’s culture may need to change after the hire. It was then decided to remove Wheeler as captain and start the season without a captain. Did Bowness ask you about your culture when you met?

“He asked me what the room was like. I gave him an honest answer. We have a really close room. We love hockey and want to work on their game.” There are a lot of really good people who think. “To be better, we have a really good room. Last year we got a little lost. Last year we were a little lost group.” [lousy] Feeling.it definitely [stunk] New coaches, new opinions, new ways of thinking, new systems, new structures, I think we are excited about the new start. “

Video: Blake Wheeler stripped of captaincy

How would you personally rate your play last season?

“It’s been like a roller coaster. There were eruptions where I really liked my game, and there were eruptions where I didn’t really like my game. I spent more time on the ice trying to figure out how I was feeling. I missed 14 days on the ice when I started with COVID earlier in the year. 14 days off the ice for a hockey player. I don’t think anyone really understands how hard it is. I never take 14 days off, even in the summer. And then there was another thing. That’s why I’m really excited about this fresh start with a new coach and so many new things.

At the Manitoba Open Golf Tournament in August, you clarified your comments asking if you would stay with the Jets at the end of last season, making it clear you didn’t want to leave. Was it something that weighed on you this summer?

“No, it’s not your job, so you can’t devote too much time to it. Your job is to play hockey, so I can work on my game, work in the gym, and do as much as I can.” I focused on doing what I do to be a better hockey player and whatever happens, it will happen. “

You’ve been with the Jets since the franchise relaunched in Winnipeg in 2011. Do you consider yourself part of a team at this point?

“Yeah. It’s pretty crazy to think I’ve been here for 11 years. I only know the Winnipeg Jets. That’s all I know. I eat, sleep, and breathe the Winnipeg Jets.”

“All I was trying to say was that I care and I want to win. I want this organization to win. [be] I heard how much I care about this organization, how much I care about this team, how much I care about the people in the room, and all I want to do is win. We have a plan, we all want to know what’s going on, have a winning culture, and bring the Stanley Cup to the Winnipeg community.

We’ve made some changes to our off-season training. What is the reason behind it?

“I changed trainers. I started working with (Brian Gallivan) at the (USA Hockey National Team Development) program in Plymouth, Michigan. (Detroit Red Wings forward and former Jets teammate. ) Andrew Copp, he is probably my best friend. I lived with him in Winnipeg for many years. He started working with him last summer. I really liked what he was doing, the workouts he was doing and all the workouts and stuff like that. So I called them and spoke to them and asked them what they thought and gave mine. We had a really great relationship. I spent quite a bit of time in Michigan this summer.

Pretty good skates: Hughes brothers (Jack, New Jersey Devils and Quinn, Vancouver Canucks), (Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach) Werenski, (Montreal Canadiens forward Call) Corfield, (Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor) Zeglas is there (Red Wings forward Dylan) Larkin was there (Jets forward) Kyle Conner was there. ‘Dubi’ (Jets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois) was there in late summer. Just great skating. Many skilled players. There are a lot of young people who have a lot of skills and are fast. So I really enjoyed my time there and had a great summer with them.”

What benefits do you think it will bring to you?

“Since the COVID epidemic, I have been in a murky state. I could not go to the gym, I could go to the gym, there was a program, there was no program. I was, half doing my own thing and not having all the right equipment. I already had a good foundation to improve, but how I could improve. It was really exciting.

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