Wheeler's injury came in a collision with teammate Nathan Beaulieu and Canucks forward Vasili Podkolzin in front of the Jets' net. He immediately grabbed his knee and skated off the ice. The Jets placed him on long-term injured reserve on Dec. 19.
Head coach Dave Lowry said Wheeler would travel with the team on its upcoming four-game road trip, but it's unclear when he'll return at this time.
Wheeler has one goal and 16 assists in 22 games this season, and reached the 1,000 game plateau just days before getting injured.