Scheifele making progress
MARK Scheifele would like to be in a rush but he knows better.
And the Winnipeg Jets wouldn’t allow it, anyway.
That said, the team’s secondline centre is making progress in his recovery from a concussion suffered at practice Saturday.
Scheifele took an important step Wednesday, participating in the team’s practice before departing for a five-game road trip. He wore an orange jersey to remind teammates of his nocontact status.
Scheifele suffered a concussion in the 2013 Ontario Hockey League playoffs in which he scored 41 points. It occurred in the second-to-last game of the season and has been an education on how he might better deal with the injury this time around.
“Obviously. And obviously our trainers are unbelievable,” Sscheifele said. “They know what to do and how to keep it in check. They’re always on me and I’ve been feeling better every day.”
Scheifele’s return is still unknown because he has more tests to pass, including a fullcontact practice.
“The progress is good,” coach Paul Maurice said. “He will have to get through a number of skates and then a full-contact practice that in our minds, we can say it simulates game activity and then he has to come off that and feel right and not have any symptoms at all, and then he can play.”
The best-case scenario is Scheifele could be eligible for Sunday’s game in Anaheim.