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Testing the beautiful hockey mind of Jets’ Scheifele

Mark Scheifele gets his infamous hockey knowledge put to the test by Winnipeg Jets teammate Andrew Copp.

When you look at the best players in the world, almost all of them have put in their hours, as if they’re enacting Malcolm Gladwell’s pseudoscience.

Sometimes it feels cheap how easily Alex Ovechkin scores from his “office,” but who knows how often he’s practiced his shot? Star players almost come equipped with stories about improvements based on hard work and accruing knowledge. Sidney Crosby memorably went from weak at faceoffs to one of the elites; John Tavares’ skating doesn’t seem to be much of an issue these days.

Even by those standards, Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele is a student of the game. Really, he’s that student who sat in the front of the class, raised his hand for every question, and gave teachers gifts on the holidays.

With that in mind, it’s not surprising to see him do so well when quizzed by Jets teammate Andrew Copp, which you can see in the great video above this post’s headline. (Note: The Mario Lemieux question though? C’mon.)

Also, the video sort of references that great moment in “A Beautiful Mind,” which in turn demands that someone out there should PhotoShop Scheifele as Zach Galifianakis.

Make sure to watch that video during a commercial break, or even stash it for later tonight, because the ongoing Toronto Maple Leafs - Jets game should command your attention on NBCSN.

NBC’s coverage of the 2018-19 NHL season continues with Wednesday night’s matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports App by clicking here.