Mark Scheifele spoke to the media once more as we speak. It’s the second time he has completed so since being given a 4 recreation suspension by the Division of Participant Security (DoPS) for a late cost which led to Montreal Canadiens ahead Jake Evans being taken off the ice on a stretcher. Each occasions Scheifele didn’t take any accountability for the hit itself and appeared accountable everybody else for his absence.
When the suspension got here down, it was extra video games than most individuals had been anticipating. Lots of people had the response: good, however now DoPS has to make use of this as the usual. We all know that they received’t, however they need to be. Nonetheless, probably the most troubling improvement is how rapidly Mark Scheifele abdicated any accountability for the hit and appeared accountable DoPS for him lacking video games and never notice that his actions immediately led to his suspension.
This comes after it got here out that Scheifele refused to take any accountability for the hit in his listening to and after he abdicated accountability the day after he threw the hit (I feel, life is a blur proper now). If Scheifele was to study something from his suspension, he would have already realized that the hit he threw was pointless and that he may have made a play on the puck as an alternative.
Nonetheless, Scheifele’s lack of acceptance for his suspension is a microcosm for lots of the Jets points this season: they’ve an abdication for his or her play and imagine that it’s at all times the reason for one thing out of their management that they misplaced. They suppose that they misplaced to the Montreal Canadiens as a result of the Habs performed higher and never as a result of they lacked any sort of effort even when dealing with elimination. They suppose that they’ve performed properly all season. They suppose that Paul Maurice is an efficient coach at the same time as he continues to get middling outcomes at finest. The gamers on the Winnipeg Jets have accepted that they’re mediocre and that mediocre outcomes are an indication of success.
It was not exterior forces that made Scheifele hit Jake Evans and by no means take accountability for his actions and it’s not exterior forces that make the Jets suppose that they’re the staff they had been three years in the past. They’re worse off in virtually each place save for purpose the place Connor Hellebuyck remains to be an absolute drive. Hellebuyck did his half in opposition to Montreal when nobody else stepped up.
The Winnipeg Jets look to sure gamers to steer. A type of gamers is Mark Scheifele. Primarily based on what he has mentioned not solely about his suspension, however in regards to the play of the Jets general level in direction of a frontrunner not seeing something fallacious with the season. The Jets will solely fly as excessive as they will if they’re prepared to be important of their play. The leaders on the Jets fail at that time and are unable to see how they might be higher.
To drive that residence, this was Scheifele’s response to a query about Paul Maurice and the place the Jets stand as a staff:
I don’t know why the media must be introduced into this. The Jets received swept within the second spherical by a staff whose personal followers don’t know the way they’re profitable proper now. On paper the Jets had been who they need to be on paper: a staff that was higher than their lineup as a result of they’ve Connor Hellebuyck in internet. Many of the staff, save for Pierre-Luc Dubois, got here able to justify their playoff sweep and any poor play within the season. They got here mad that the media didn’t imagine in them extra. They got here as victims and Mark Scheifele was the most important sufferer of all of them.