This isn’t the end for Barzal. He didn’t do enough for the powers that be to deserve to stay with the team this season. But just to quantify how this isn’t the end, I want to draw a comparison between Barzal and Mark Scheifele from the Winnipeg Jets.
Much was expected from Scheifele when he was drafted seventh overall in the 2011 NHL Entry draft. By 19 it was expected he would make a Winnipeg squad that could use exciting young prospects.
But the Jets sent Scheifele back to the OHL. Disappointed was the word around Jets fan bases.
The following year at the tender age of 20, Scheifele made the team and hasn’t looked back since. Now, he’s leading the NHL in points. Sure, he’s playing with Patrik Laine. But he’s been scoring and producing long before Laine ever showed up.
In the two years before Laine, Scheifele has 110 points. Sending him down to the OHL for an extra year seems to have worked in the Jets favor. (Even if you don’t consider Laine’s addition to the team).