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Friday Morning Altitude Check: Mark Scheifele Goes HAM on the Ottawa 67's

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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 Friday, October 19, 2012:

Mark Scheifele engaged beast mode last night when he, along with line mate Zach Hall, scored six points (3G, 3A for Scheifele) in Barrie's 7-3 victory over the Ottawa 67's. Scheifele has now vaulted himself into first overall in OHL scoring with 19 points to his credit thus far. It should be noted that five of Barrie's seven goals (including all three of Scheifele's) were scored on the power play. Nevertheless, suck it, Boone Jenner. [Globe and Mail]

As if there was any doubt, Scheifele was named the CHL's first star of the night by Yahoo!'s Buzzing the Net blog. [Buzzing the Net]

Ryan worries that Jacob Trouba may flame out. projects him to be a breakout freshman in the WCHA. []

The St. John's IceCaps will be without the services of captain Jason Jaffray as team doctors feel he needs a little more time to heal up before returning to game action. Said Jaffray, "Everything is good. I have no symptoms. If I did — like pain or tingling in my fingers — I wouldn’t be cleared to play. But I don’t and I feel ready to go, although I understand the better-safe-than-sorry (attitude of the team)". [The Telegram]

On top of releasing Brian Sutherby from his PTO contract, the IceCaps' have also re-assigned Ray Kaunisto to the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL. [CBS Northern Colorado]

Breaking down the absolutely hellish travel schedule of the Adirondack Phantoms, who begin their weekend series with the IceCaps tonight. [Broad Street Hockey]

Analyzing how Zach Bogosian stacks up against the eleven other defensemen taken in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. [Jets Nation]

Remembering Winnipeg's 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, October 17, 1995. [Winnipeg Whiteout]

Sad news as former Winnipeg Jets' draft pick Steve Vezina passed away from esophageal cancer early yesterday morning. Vezina was only 37 years old. Rest in peace. [Facebook, FR]

I'm done talking about the NHL lockout for this week. If you want to read about it, click this link. [SB Nation]

Okay, I lied.Elliotte Friedman wades into the murky waters of the latest CBA rejection as he draws parallels between the NHL/NHLPA and the Canadian automotive industry. [CBC]

Who was the most effective draft pick in Washington Capitals history? A really fascinating read if you're a huge hockey nerd. [Japers' Rink]

Speaking of Capitals, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin are reunited after Backstrom signed a KHL contract with Dynamo Moscow. [Washington Post]

Even more Caps: Here's a video of Filip Forsberg scoring a beautiful goal after some nifty stick-handling before breaking a pane of glass in his celebration. Ryan's urge to kill is rising. (VIDEO) [Puck Daddy]

Michael Buble is a upstanding guy as evidenced by his $100,000.00 donation to Bieksa's Buddies, who then forwarded the cash to The Canucks Autism Network, Canucks Family Education Centre and Canuck Place hospice. [Backhand Shelf]

Finally, a preview of this weekend in NCAA hockey, including an update on Winnipeg Jets' prospect Jamie Phillips: "The goal tending situation is still up in the air for [Michigan] Tech. Pheonix Copley and Kevin Genoe each got a start last weekend, and neither made a case that they absolutely had to get more playing time. NHL draft pick Jamie Phillips is also likely to see a start soon." [Western College Hockey Blog]