Welcome to Winnipeg, Mark Scheifele!
I'm not sure what to think here because this pick was a huge gamble, but I'm supporting Cheveldayoff and the rest of the crews decision. To be honest, I didn't know much about Scheifele, but after some research, I can try and compare him with last years draft pick, Alexander Burmistrov. Both played for the Barrie Colts of the OHL, and both played only one season with the team (maybe Scheifele goes back this season though).
Burmistrov was drafted 8th overall last year, and Scheifele drafted 7th this year. Burmy played in 62 games, recorded 22 goals, and 43 assists, for a total of 65 points, and finished a +32. Scheifele played in 66 games, scored 22 goals, and dished 53 assists, for a total of 75 points, but was a -22. Now I don't follow how well the teams are in the OHL, but from what I've heard, the Colts were a very bad team and Scheifele had no one to play with but still had a good year.
I got to think that the management knows what they're doing and see something that they really like with Scheifele. I don't think Scheifele will make the team this year, however. The best bet might just be to keep him in the juniors.
Remaining Draft Picks:
Rd. Pick Position/Player
1 8 - C - Mark Scheifele