Paul Maurice believes the Winnipeg Jets are heading in the right direction, and Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele are two major reasons why.

Fresh off signing an extension to remain behind the bench in Winnipeg, Maurice spoke highly of his club’s leadership core — both right now with Wheeler as captain and in the future, with Scheifele at the helm.

“Mark Scheifele is going to be the captain of this hockey team at some point in his career for sure,” said Maurice on Prime Time Sports Thursday. “He is, in so many ways, the driver of that offence. Blake is a big part of it; Mark, as a centreman, certainly drives it.”

Maurice recognizes the positive influence Wheeler, who was given the “C” last summer after the departure of Andrew Ladd, has had on the young club’s locker-room and put him in some pretty elite company.