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Scheifele, Jets Agree to 8 Year Extension

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The Jets Have Extended Mark Scheifele to an 8 Year Contract Extension

The Winnipeg Jets have signed forward Mark Scheifele to an 8 year, $49 million contract. The new contract will buy the Jets 4 years of his unrestricted free agent status, and will carry an AAV of $6.125 million per year.

Scheifele was drafted 7th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Jets. He made his NHL debut the following season, but was sent back to the Ontario Hockey League, or the OHL, where he played before he was drafted. He spent the next season in the OHL as well, before sticking with the team in the 2013-14 season, two years after being drafted.

Scheifele looked like a Calder Trophy finalist in his rookie season, but it was cut short after he suffered a knee injury, yet he still finished with 13 goals in 63 games. Entering the 2014-15 season, many expected Scheifele to score close to 30 goals, but he did not meet those expectations, only scoring 15 goals, 2 more than the previous season, in 82 games, 19 more than his rookie season.

Something seemed to click for the 23 year old last season, where he scored 29 goals and put up 61 points, second on the team. Scheifele struggled early on in the season, but after an injury to the teams top center, Bryan Little, he took off, scoring 14 goals and 27 points in his final 21 games.

The Jets will need Scheifile to play at the level he finished the year at, and he will likely be the number one center for the Jets. Playing alongside rising stars Nikolaj Ehlers, Marko Dano, and Jacob Trouba, as well as first round pick Patrik Laine, and veterans Blake Wheeler, Little, Tyler Myers and Dustin Byfuglian, the Jets look like a team who will be competing for the Stanley Cup at the end of the year.