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“It’s really important that you make sure you get people that are loyal and you can trust,” he said. “Because we are going to have to dig in as a staff, there is no question that we’re going to have some areas we’re going to have to dig in. We’re going to have to find some solutions.”

The Thrashers were coached by Craig Ramsay last season and finished 34-36-12, fourth in the Southeast Division.

The original Jets joined the NHL in 1979 after the World Hockey Association folded. They played in Manitoba until 1996, when the franchise moved to Phoenix and became the Coyotes.

Scheifele was the 16th-ranked North American skater by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service. He led OHL rookies with 53 assists last season, playing for the Barrie Colts.