You can't have a conversation about the Jets without mentioning a certain player's name: Mark Scheifele. The kid is amazing! Not only did he finish first in points during Winnipeg's preseason, but he finished second in the entire league, only behind Dallas' Mike Ribeiro. And better yet, the Jets announced yesterday that they have signed Scheifele to an entry-level contract, meaning he's going to start the season out on the NHL's newest team. Now this doesn't mean Scheifele will definitely play the entire season in the NHL. He has nine games to prove that he can compete before the Jets coaching staff and management decide whether or not to send him back to his OHL team, the Barrie Colts.
At the moment, Scheifiele looks like he could be a possible Calder Trophy candidate, appearing to be the Jets' primary source of goals. But there are a lot of rookies around the league that could also display a promising rookie campaign. Along with Winnipeg, the Edmonton Oilers announced that their 2011 first overall pick, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will begin the year on their squad on the same terms as Scheifele. Nugent-Hopkins put on an impressive exhibit of skill in the preseason as well, getting six points in five games.
And of course there's recently traded prospect, Brayden Schenn. Schenn was traded from the Los Angeles to the Philadelphia Flyers in June and his expected to start the season in the NHL. Schenn has excelled at every level he has played at so far, including the 2010-2011 World Junior Championship where he finished first in points for Canada. He is believed to do so for the Flyers this season and onward.