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Scheifele will be at Jets training camp

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WINNIPEG — You will see 2011 first-round draft pick Mark Scheifele at the Winnipeg Jets training camp whenever it starts this week.

The 19-year-old centre from the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts was included in the fall on a special list of eligible recalls if the NHL lockout should end.

Scheifele is coming off a fine outing at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, Russia, where he had five goals and eight points in six games.

The Jets had one other prospect at the WJC — 18-year-old Jacob Trouba of gold-medal-winning Team U.S.A.

Trouba was selected as the tournament’s top defenceman but he’ll be returning to school and the University of Michigan Wolverines.

Jets assistant GM Craig Heisinger watched both players at the tournament in Ufa, Russia, and came away impressed.

"I just think they’re progressing the way we hoped they’d progress," Heisinger said. "They stumble in certain things but they’ve gotten themselves back up and they’ve matured as people and players.

"More importantly, the people part is an important factor and it bodes well for what kind of player you’re going to be at the end of the day."

Heisinger said he would not comment on Scheifele’s short-term or long-term fit with the Jets, but did offer this in answer to the question: "I think he had a pretty good tournament. I think he’s progressed the way we hoped. Last year a lot of things happened for him very quickly.

"This year, it’s not a race. Guys mature and get better at different times. He’ll get to where he’s going in due time, when he’s ready, not when somebody else thinks he’s ready hopefully.

"And he had a pretty good tournament. As a person, he’s made good strides. He’s a good person. We haven’t seen any change in that."

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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