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Monday Morning Altitude Check: Mark Scheifele Shines While Lukas Sutter Struggles

Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Winnipeg Jets-related news and notes.

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Hey all! Here is our 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 and elsewhere in the NHL.

Here is what's in the news for Monday, October 15, 2012:

Spencer Machacek gave himself a pretty sweet 24th birthday present, scoring the game winning goal in the IceCaps 3-2 victory over the Connecticut Whale on Sunday. [Winnipeg Sun]

Mark Scheifele continues to hone his craft in the OHL, large-in-part to the mentorship received by Head Coach Dale Hawerchuk: "[Dale] always says, 'live for another moment.' It means you don't have make every shift one where you are trying to score a goal. Sometimes it's, 'don't get scored on, play your game and don't worry so much about getting a goal. If it's not happening for the first 30 seconds, get off and then go at it for the next shift.' It's something I'm working on and Dale has really helped me with it. The biggest thing is being able to handle what happens at a pro game: pushing the pace, working in the defensive zone and on the penalty kill." [WFP]

Lukas Sutter and the Saskatoon Blades are off to what can only be described as a "stinky start" [Winnipeg Sun]

A somber reminder that the city of Winnipeggers should have been treated to an NHL hockey game on Saturday. [Winnipeg Sun]

Geoff Kirbyson explains that the current edition of the Winnipeg Jets owe a debt of gratitude to the 1972 Winnipeg Jets. [WFP]

Dimitri Filipovic crunches some advanced stats to analyze what can be expected of Alexander Burmistrov from a statistical standpoint. [Jets Nation]

Tracking Day 29 of the NHL lockout, as it pertains to the Winnipeg Jets. [WFP]

The Colorado Eagles earned a victory Saturday night after a season opening loss to the Alaska Aces. Michael Forney scored twice in the win. [Colorado Eagles]

In a really cool tribute, the families of Ace Bailey and Mark Bavis took a trip to New York to visit the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero so the two scouts who perished in the plane crash could spend their day with the Stanley Cup. [Puck Daddy]

Elliotte Friedman opines that fans don't care who is right or wrong in the NHL labour disputes anymore, as anger from fans has now escalated to a fevered pitch due to the cancellation of games. Also, the NHL can learn a lot from the labour peace that exists in the MLB. [CBC]

NHLers' being told to find permanent housing in AHL cities is terribly bad news for fans and players alike. [Backhand Shelf]

Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins has been keeping busy amidst the lockout by spending more time with his family and taking part in charitable events. [Hamilton Spector]

Japers' Rink with the best and worst of the 1990's Washington Capitals. Hey, a Mike Eagles' sighting! [Japers' Rink]

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look like they're going to have an awfully fun season dominating the WCHA. [Western College Hockey Blog]

A fun read explaining how Cam Barker tricked NHL scouts into thinking he would be a a serviceable NHL defenseman. [Edmonton Journal]

Finally, Brayden Schenn's amazing short-handed goal from Saturday night, in video form. [Broad Street Hockey]