The Winnipeg Jets star broke out in 2015-16 with a team-leading 78 points. Blake Wheeler has registered at least 60 points in each of his last three seasons as he continues to lead the young Jets in a tough Western Conference.
Winnipeg is blessed with so much young talent, ranging from
Mark Scheifele to Patrik Laine to Kyle Connor, among others. But any rising team needs a good veteran star, and Wheeler is the guy in Winnipeg. He's just 30 years of age and has plenty of good hockey left in him. The Jets are fortunate that most of their prospects are automatically protected under their entry-level deals, any way.
Wheeler's an easy choice for the Jets to keep. He's off to another solid start in 2016 and should come close to 60-plus points again. The Jets would be foolish to leave him available.