Mark Scheifele did not see the ice again after his scary Game 1 hit on Jake Evans and with the series now in the books, he’s taking time to express his opinion on the punishment.
And guess what?! He doesn’t think the punishment fit the crime… at all.
Speaking with the media, the 28-year-old expressed his disappointment in the Department of Player Safety’s decision to sideline him for four games. He went a step further, saying he thought it would be Habs centre Phillip Danault, not the DPOS who would be the one to shut him down in the series. Clearly some frustration here from the Jets’ number one forward.
To make matters even worse, Scheifele’s suspension will carry over into the first game of next season as a result of the sweep. The Barrie native wasn’t the only person from the Jets organization to disagree with the decision, as head coach Paul Maurice actually described the hit as a clean play.
Scheifele took a lot of heat for the play online, but unfortunately it stretched beyond just him. In an emotional interview, the team’s first ever draft pick revealed that his family had been bullied as a result of what happened.
What’s done is done, but there’s no doubt the Jets were unable to bounce back without their star in the lineup. Do you agree with Scheifele at all here?