Altitude Check: Tuesday December 13, 2011 Winnipeg Jets Headlines

TORONTO CANADA - JANUARY 19: Mark Scheifele #19 of Team Cherry is pinned to the boards by Nathan Beaulieu #28 of Team Orr in the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Prospects game on January 19 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Hey all! This is a new feature running Monday through Friday that will bring you up to date on what's going on in the media pertaining to the Winnipeg Jets.

Here are your headlines for Tuesday December 13, 2011:

Winnipeg Jets prospect Mark Scheifele is setting his sights on Team Canada's top-line centre opening for the WJHC's. "That's definitely my goal, to be the No. 1 centre. I'm going to do whatever it takes to do that." [TSN]

Through two of Canada's three Selection Camp scrimmages, Scheifele has been held pointless. [Hockey Canada]

Team Canada made their first round of cuts early this morning, releasing seven tournament hopefuls. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Brenden Kichton, Mathew Dumba, Max Reinhart, Mark McNeill, Michael Ferland and Zach Phillips will be returned to their junior teams. [Buzzing the Net]

Previewing tonight's match-up, Jets vs. Wild. [CBS Sports]

After the quarter pole, it's definitley weird seeing the Minnesota Wild atop the NHL standings. [NHL]

Matt Cullen on how the Wild are adjusting to their new system under Mike Yeo. "There's accountability. There's an exception here that we want to build a winning team and a winning culture and we just can't accept bad games. You're going to lose from time to time, but it's not going to be because of a lack of effort." [Daily Reporter]

Claude Noel talks about being prepared for tonight's game. "We need to get back to winning and that will be our challenge tomorrow. It will be a good team and we know that we've played good teams and won so we have to find a way to do it tomorrow." [WFP]

Some love for Kyle Wellwood from his hometown paper. [Windsor Star]

The St. John's IceCaps are facing their first bit of adversity in their inaugural year having dropped the past three games. [The Telegram]

Finally, not Jets related but yesterday, the Montreal Gazette's Pat Hickey forgot to take his anti-senility medication. Then he sat down and stroked out an asinine article stating that Theoren Fleury is a hypocrite for blasting the Canadian Judicial System whom allowed Graham James bail when his silence provided James with years of freedom. "Fleury has been through enough counselling to know there’s a word for someone who acts in this fashion - enabler. We should all hope that there is a greater awareness of sexual abuse, particularly when it involves children, and that the perpetrators of these acts are dealt with harshly. But if we have to find a poster boy for abuse, we can do better than Theoren Fleury." Yeesh. I can't wait to read his op-ed piece about how women who dress provocatively deserve to be raped. Ed. Note: I implore any readers to take a look at blogger Julie Veilleux's rebuttal to Hickey which can be found HERE. [Montreal Gazette]

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