Thursday, December 28, 2017

Jets Confirm Long-Term Injury for Scheifele

It has been a brutal injury news day in general and that carried over into the diagnosis that all Winnipeg Jets fans were fearing, as Mark Scheifele has been confirmed to have a significant upper-body injury, after their game in Edmonton on Wednesday night and he'll be expected to miss the next 6-to-8 weeks.

Eight weeks could easily translate into 20+ games on the shelf for one of Winnipeg's elite scorers this season and at this current pace, 38 points in 38 games, that can translate into a pretty big loss in the offensive output for the Jets in the next couple of months.

Scheifele leaves active duty in 23rd spot in the hockey pool scoring rankings, just inside of the 1st round selections, if we were to have done the draft over again today. 

This injury now makes for two elite forwards taken out of Brian's lineup for the time being, as he is still without Jaden Schwartz of the Blues for another 2-to-3 weeks with his lower-body injury and now Scheifele is out for the long-term.  On the plus side, his Waiver Draft pickup, Zach Parise, is currently on a conditioning stint for the Minnesota Wild, so he could be back by some time next week, which can't come soon enough.

As of Thursday afternoon, Brian's team sits in 7th place with 302 points, 17 points back of the money and only 2 points clear of 8th place.

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