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Scheifele calls Josi one of top five NHL players

Scheifele calls Josi one of top five NHL players
Published On: Wed, Aug 22
Mar 8, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele (55) is hit by Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) during the second period at the MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Scheifele was asked to name the five NHL players who impress him the most and actually ended up listing six.

The Winnipeg Jets center put linemate Blake Wheeler among his best, with perhaps an unexpected player from a Central Division rival.

"I'd say probably put Victor Hedman or Roman Josi in the top five, one of them," Scheifele told TSN 1050 Toronto on Tuesday.

Josi, a defenseman for the Nashville Predators entering his eighth NHL season, has never been named to an NHL First or Second All-Star Team, nor has he been a finalist for any major NHL award.

In addition to Hedman, a defenseman for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Scheifele named Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby as Nos. 1 and 2, and said Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn would complete the list.

"No. 5, I'd probably put Jamie Benn," Scheifele said of another Central opponent. "He's a really good player, he does it all, he's tough to play against. He hits, he skates well, shoots the puck, he kind of does it all."

Scheifele shared similar praise of Wheeler, the Jets captain.

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