Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele left practice early on Saturday to receive stitches following a head-on collision with team captain Andrew Ladd.
At the time, Jets head coach Paul Maurice said that the skater would be reevaluated on Sunday, giving the 22 year old some time to rest. Now, it’s being listed as more serious, as it was announced Sunday morning that Scheifele is out indefinitely with a concussion. As of Sunday morning, Scheifele is on injured reserve; per the 2013 CBA, he cannot return to the active roster for seven days.
"He sustained a concussion yesterday." Maurice on Scheifele. "This is not one he's coming back from until he's 100 percent."
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) December 27, 2015
The Jets sit last in the Central Division with 32 points and just 15 wins, coming in ahead of only the Anaheim Ducks (30 points on the year) in the Western Conference through December 26th. Losing Scheifele for a prolonged period of time could hurt, as the right shot centre boasts 12 goals on the year and sits fourth in scoring among all Jets skaters.
In his place, Winnipeg has recalled 22 year old centre Adam Lowry from the Manitoba Moose. Drafted 67th overall by the Jets in 2011, Lowry has spent 31 games with Winnipeg proper this season, recording a goal and seven helpers in that time. In four games with the Moose this year, Lowry has four assists.
When asked about his time spent with the Moose, Lowry said that the period was ‘good for him’. Meanwhile, forward Mathieu Perreault – who will be moved back to centre in Scheifele’s absence – said that he likes playing both wing and centre and ‘will play wherever they want [him] to be’.
The Jets will play their next contest tonight, as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.