Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele has been named the NHL’s 3rd star for the week ended Feburary 18th. Ranking ahead of Scheifele are New Jersey Devils rookie Nico Hischier and Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta.
Scheifele ranked third in the entire NHL with three goals and seven points this past week, leading the Jets to a perfect three game sweep. The 24-year-old pivot has a remarkable 18 goals and 46 points in just 43 games this season and is often seen as the “straw that stirs the drink” on a line with snipers Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers. He’s the Jets’ second leading scorer, despite missing nearly 20 games with injury this season. Lately though, Scheifele has been paired with captain Blake Wheeler and youngster Kyle Connor.
Scheifele started off his week with a shothanded, game-tying goal with just 15 seconds remaining in regulation against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. He then assisted on the OT winner. He followed that up with a three-point performance in a 6-1 trouncing of the Colorado Avalanche. Finally, he closed out the week by scoring the game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers yesterday evening. Not a bad week. Not bad at all.
Blackhawks trade Kempny to Capitals
In other NHL news, the Chicago Blackhawks traded defensman Michal Kempny to the Capitals in exchange for a 3rd round pick this afternoon.
The 27-year-old Kempny is a pending unrestricted free-agent on a cheap $900,000 annual salary and represents a cost effective rental addition for the Capitals. In just his second NHL season, Kempny has played 31 games for the Hawks this season, collecting one goal and seven points. In 50 games during his rookie season last year, he put up just two goals and eight points in 50 games. To say that Kempny is a defensive specialist may be the understatement of the century.