Barrie Colts center Mark Scheifele was picked seventh overall at the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota Friday night.
Before making their first round selection the former Atlanta Thrashers, who have old Colts Alexander Burmistrov and Bryan Little on their roster, officially became the Winnipeg Jets. Shortly thereafter they drafted Scheifele with the seventh overall pick, a handful of spots ahead of where he was predicted to go.
Scheifele, 6’3” out of Kitchener, Ontario went in to the draft as the 16th ranked skater in North America, as he moved up the rankings throughout the season to ultimately land in the top-ten of the draft. Mock Drafts.
When the NHL released their preliminary draft rankings Scheifele was listed as the 19th best skater in the Ontario Hockey League. He moved up to the ninth-ranked skater in the preliminary rankings, 21st overall in North America.
While playing on a last-place team Scheifele continued to get better throughout the season, and once again improved his draft ranking all the way up to the 16th ranked skater in North America, 6th best in the OHL. Rankings.
Scheifele was named an alternate captain midway through the season after captain Dalton Prout was sent to Saginaw. In 66 games played Scheifele scored 22 goals and added 53 assists for a total of 78 points in his rookie season.
He led all first-year players in assists (53) and finished second in rookie of the year voting to Sarnia’s Nail Yakupov.
The Colts acquired the big power forward by trading goalie Mavric Parks to Saginaw before the start of the 2010-11 season.
It didn’t take long for the rookie to adjust, picking up a point in his second game as a Colt and scoring all three goals in Barrie’s home opener against Brampton on September 30th.
Scheifele was originally drafted by the Spirit 134th overall in the 7th round of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection. Before coming to Barrie he weighed the options between the OHL and an American college, as education is clearly important to Mark and his family.
After making the jump to the OHL and joining the Barrie Colts, he was named the Academic Player of the Month for the month on October in the Central division.
In January Mark was invited to play in the CHL/NHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game in Toronto. Scheifele suited up for Team Cherry and played alongside the cream of the crop in this year’s draft.
The accolades continued to roll in for Scheifele in April as he and teammate Eric Locke were selected to play for Team Canada at the World Under-18 tournament in Germany.
With Head Coach Dale Hawerchuk also working for Team Canada as an Assistant Coach, Scheifele and Locke were that much more comfortable. Scheifele scored six times for Canada and added a pair of assists to finish third in team scoring.
Before the newly named Winnipeg Jet returns to Barrie to take part in training camp he will be in Alberta attending Canada’s National World Junior Development Camp. Scheifele is one of 46 players to be invited to the camp that runs from August 3rd to 7th.
The 2012 World Juniors are held in Calgary and Edmonton from December 26th, 2011 to January 5th, 2012.
Scheifele could be the only Colt taken in this year’s Entry Draft, Dylan Smoskowitz, Alex Lepkowski, Petr Beranek, Zach Hall and John Chartrand all have an outside chance. Rounds two through seven take place on Saturday.
The Colts have had at least two players drafted in each of the last three seasons. Past Picks.
|RC ~ Mark Scheifele
|Date of Birth ~ March 15th, 1993
|Hometown ~ Kitchener
|Height ~ 6’03” Weight ~ 175 lbs
7TH OVERALL PICK ~ WINNIPEG JETS