In NHL.com’s Q&A feature called “Sitting With…” we talk to the game’s main characters, gaining insight into their lives on and off the ice. In this release, we’re bringing Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Shevel.
Henderson, Nevada. – Mark Shevel The urgency can be felt among the Winnipeg Jets heading into this season.
The Jets, who host the New York Rangers in their regular season opener on Oct. 14, are looking to recover after failing to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs last season for the first time since 2016-17, and know time is ticking for them. essence. Scheifele, forward Blake Wheelerdefensemen Brendan Dillon And the Dylan DeMello And the goalkeeper Connor Hellbuick Every two seasons became eligible to become unrestricted free agents. attackers Nicholas Ehlers And the Mason Appleton and defense men Neil Bionic And the Nate Schmidt They can become unrestricted free agents the following season.
“There haven’t been many men here for a long time,” Schevel said. “I think they see it because we have a short window to success, we have a lot of older guys who want to succeed right now, and I think we all have high expectations for ourselves and as a team. I think that’s a good thing.”
After Winnipeg (39-32-11) finished eight points behind the Nashville Predators for the second wild card in the Western Conference playoffs last season, the biggest move out of the season was the appointment of coach Rick Bowness to replace Dave Lowry, who took over temporarily. After Paul Morris resigned on December 17. Although the Jets haven’t changed much in terms of personnel, Shivley believes they have the potential to recover with much of their roster remaining from the team that was 30-23-3 and made it to second. Qualifying round in 2020-21.
“I think we see our team where we have a lot of great players,” Scheffel said. “Obviously our top six strikers are very dynamite. We have a lot of good players. We have a lot of skilled players who can score, we have a great D-team, we have one of the best goalkeepers in the league. So, we have the pieces and it’s just a matter of preparing them and mixing them together. in the right way “.
NHL.com met Shevelle for the NHL North American Player Media Tour on September 16. His feelings about how he played last season, his comments after last season about his future and more.
Bowness spoke after his appointment about the potential need to change the culture around the team. Subsequently, a decision was made to remove Wheeler from the position of captain and start the season without a captain. Did Bowness ask you about culture when you met him?
“He asked me what the room was like, and I gave him an honest answer that we have a really cohesive room. We have a bunch of really good players who love hockey, they want to work on their game and they want it to get better and we have a really good room, and I think we kind of lost last year. We were on the cusp of looking About something. With the coach leaving and a temporary person coming in, we were kind of a lost group last year [lousy] Feeling. surely [stunk] And I think we’re all excited about a fresh start with new coaches, new sound, new ideas, new system, new structure, all of those things.”
How do you rate your playing individually last season?
“It was just a serpentine train. There were spurts where I really liked my game and there were going to be spurs where I didn’t really like my game. It’s one of those things that has been a constant search for trying to feel it’s been a long time on the ice trying to figure out things in my own game and how I was I feel. I kind of started with COVID early in the year and lost 14 days on the ice, which I don’t think anyone really understands how hard it is to stay off the ice for 14 days for a hockey player. I don’t take 14 days even in the summer. Those lasted Adversity strikes. There was one thing, then another thing, then another. That’s why I’m really excited about this new start with new coaches and a bunch of new things.”
At the Manitoba Open Golf Course in August, you clarified your comments at the end of last season asking if you would stay with the Jets and made it clear you didn’t want to leave. Was that something that weighed you down this summer?
“Not really. These things, you can’t dedicate a lot of time to it because it’s not your job. Your job is to play hockey, so I just focused on working on my game, working at the gym, doing all the things I could do to become a better hockey player and what It happens, it happens.”
You’ve been with the Jets since restarting the franchise in Winnipeg in 2011. At this point, do you consider yourself part of the fabric there?
“Yeah. To think I’ve been here for 11 years is crazy too. I still look at myself as a young guy and I’m one of the older players on the team. It’s kind of crazy to think about, but I know nothing but Winnipeg Jets. That’s all I know it.I eat, sleep and breathe Winnipeg Jets which is why I care so much that’s why my year-end comments were somewhat misunderstood.
“All I was trying to say was that I care, and I want to win. I want this organization to win. I want my vote to be [be] I heard how much I care about this organization, how much I care about this team, how much I care about the people in the room and all I want to do is win. I want there to be a plan and we all know what’s going on and have a winning culture and bring the Stanley Cup to the Winnipeg community.”
You’ve made some changes to your off-season training in this off-season. What is the reason behind it and what did you do differently?
“I changed coaches. I started working with (Brian Gallivan) in Plymouth (Michigan) on the (American hockey) program there. (Detroit Red Wings striker and former Jets teammate) Andrew CopeHe might be my best friend. I lived with him for several years in Winnipeg. He started working with him last summer and I really liked the things he was doing and the trainings he was doing and all the trainings and things like that. So, I called them and talked to them and took their opinion and kind of gave them my opinion and we really had a great relationship, and I spent a lot of time in Michigan this summer.
“Great skate there: the Hughes brothers (Jack of the New Jersey Devils and Queen of the Vancouver Canucks), (Zach) Ferensky, (Montreal Canadiens forward Cole) Coffield, (Anaheim forward Dax Trevor) Zegras there was a group (Dylan Detroit Red Wings striker) Larkin was there (Gates forward) Kyle Connor he was there. “Dobie” (Jets forward Pierre Luc Dubois) Was there at the end of summer. Just great skating. Lots of skilled players. Lots of guys have a lot of skill and speed. So, I really enjoyed my time there and had a great summer with them.”
How do you think this will benefit you?
“Sort of since the COVID hit, I’ve been in a bit of a uncertainty. You haven’t been able to go to gyms and then you’ve been able to go to gyms and you’ve had a program, and you haven’t had a program. I’ve been as nice as half working with a guy, half working with a guy, half The other I do my own things and don’t have all the right equipment It made it difficult So, it was good to have a plan this summer What I was trying to achieve was consistent What things I needed to improve Where I already had a good base, and how I can improve on it. It was nice to have that plan and to have four months of training. That was a really exciting thing.”