Analysis: Schauffele return to be game-changer for Jets – Winnipeg |

Mark Scheuffele will not be the first National Hockey League player to benefit from the coaching change. Far from it, actually, but that could be the latest.

Through the first 21 games of the season, what we’ve seen from the team’s number-one center has truly been a game-changer — both in terms of his own game, and by extension, that of his team.

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For Scheifele, the most immediately noticeable thing about his game this season is his level of engagement and his improved 200-foot game, especially on the defensive side.

Sure, he leads the team in goals with 12, he’s revitalized Blake Wheeler — a familiar face on his right wing — and even made rookie Cole Perfetti a very complementary top- Helped bring in six pieces.

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But it’s the finesse of his game in which Scheuffel has shown the most improvement, as the 29-year-old’s combat level is fierce, his board work is excellent, and his tenacity in driving the puck into the net in a straight line is admirable. .

He leads the team in takeaways, and ice time by a forward, and is now back as a plus player after a career-worst -17 last season. And that seems to have changed overnight under Rick Bowness.

Now, is there still room for improvement? Undoubted. But make no mistake, rumors of a troubled relationship between Schaeffele and the previous coaching administration are now being proven by the players themselves.

Before last night’s win over Colorado, Scheuffel had this to say about his game: “I feel like I’m playing the best hockey of my career; Definitely some of the best in the last four years.

It is a sentiment shared by many.

And while Scheuffel isn’t the first player to benefit from a different coach, the new staff has helped change his game, and so far it’s been a game-changer for the player and his team.

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