WINNIPEG - Whether he knew it or not, Wednesday was the 11th anniversary of Blake Wheeler's first NHL goal.
One day later there was no way he wasn't aware that he hit another milestone.
Wheeler scored on a pass from Mark Scheifele 1:37 into the second period of the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. That goal gave him 700 career points in the NHL.
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"Obviously I feel real lucky. You know, you hit certain milestones or whatever it might be you don't really reflect on it at this point," said Wheeler who finished the night with a goal and an assist.
"Obviously I've gotten some outstanding opportunities especially here I've played with great player. You know, when your given those type of roles, you're going to have opportunities to put up some numbers. It's been fun."
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Those opportunities have come with Paul Maurice at his side. In fact, 436 (136 G, 300 A) of those 700 points have been recorded with Maurice behind the bench of the Winnipeg Jets.
"That's a big number, right? Blake is very unique in terms of the players that I've coached. I've had four players in the Hall of Fame that I've coached," said Maurice.
"He's unique. In his point production as almost a grinding power forward. Usually those guys are kind of score goals within ten feet of the net, they drive pucks to the net, they're in on tips. He's so unusual with his ability to make plays and still play like a grinder. Usually if you are a puck mover, you don't nearly need to get into the fray very much. I just don't know if I've seen a guy like that."
CHANGE IN THE POWER PLAY
The Jets had a new look with their man advantage Thursday against the Wild. The top power play unit saw Wheeler and Patrik Laine change sides of the ice with the captain setting up on the left side and Laine on the right.
The Wild looked like they didn't know what to do the first time the Jets had a power play, Winnipeg fired six shots at Devyn Dubnyk and came close a couple of times.
"That goes back to last year moving the power play, it was just done differently. We did it last year where Blake would go around the back of the net and start to set up from the other side," explained Maurice.
"We just did it differently this year. (Associate coach) Jamie Kompon and those five players (Wheeler, Laine, Scheifele, Kyle Connor and Josh Morrissey) in a lot of ways run that power play. It was always the question 'Ok, now what's next?'"