Mark Scheifele is looking at the teams that have turned things around to make the playoffs this year and he’s hopeful the Jets can be one of them.
In an interview with the National Post, Scheifele said:
“We want to be that team.You see that any team can go on that run. You see that a team can go from last to the playoffs, and that’s something that we have to strive for. We can’t look at ourselves as young or inexperienced. Toronto did that and they’re just as young as we are. We have to believe in ourselves. Just missing out on the playoffs can’t be satisfactory. We have to be better than that.”
Last season, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers finished in 30th and 29th place respectively and are both making waves in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. Winnipeg finished the year with a 40-35-7 record, leaving them just outside of the playoff cut line but being close isn’t good enough for Scheifele. While he admitted that there were positives to take away from the year, it is important to ensure that the group doesn’t allow frustration to creep in – that’s when the trouble happens.
If the Jets can make a few adjustments to the roster then they will be well on their way to pushing for a playoff spot next season. You never know what would have happened had they been able to get an extra save or two. Mark Scheifele is right when he says that there are plenty of things to like about the Winnipeg Jets but that there’s also room to grow and improve, a goal they will surely bring into next season.
“You want to win and you want to win now. Obviously, this league is a really good league and it’s tough to make the playoffs. A lot of good teams don’t make the playoffs every year, but for me, you can’t get frustration fully into your head, because you always have to keep working and pushing.