After 15 long seasons, the Jets returned to Winnipeg. Sort of. The current Winnipeg Jets were originally the Atlanta Thrashers, which relocated at the start of the 2011-12 season. Being a young franchise, many of the Jets’ team stats belong to several players, although goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has become its greatest star.
While Atlanta was a constant pushover, the Jets have become a formidable franchise. The NHL odds frequently underestimate the Jets very likely due to their “small market team” status. But that’s okay, as backers can frequently find the Jets with valuable betting lines on the online sportsbook.
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- Ilya Kovalchuk – Goals: 52 (2005-06, 2007-08).
- Bryan Little – Games: 843.
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Winnipeg Jets Stats & History
The original Winnipeg Jets relocated to Phoenix after the 1995-96 season. Since then, Winnipeg built an NHL-worthy arena and the Canadian economy improved. This led to speculation that the city was a top candidate for expansion or relocation purposes, though it would come as a pleasant surprise much later.
Atlanta, on the other hand, was awarded a second franchise via expansion. The team began playing in the 1999-2000 season. But despite acquiring potent stars like Ilya Kovalchuk and Marian Hossa, the Thrashers made just one playoff appearance in its 12 years in the league. This made it difficult to generate interest in the city.
Winnipeg, via the ownership group True North Sports & Entertainment, had tried to pry the Coyotes back to the city in 2009. But the deal fell through. Instead, the company acquired the Thrashers in 2011 and promptly rebranded them to the current “Winnipeg Jets”.
The Jets struggled in its first few seasons, much as the Thrashers did. However, the franchise had slowly built a contender via a combination of retaining their longtime veterans and shrewd drafting.
Winnipeg drafted Mark Scheifele, traded Evander Kane for a platoon of solid players, and built a formidable defense corps. This culminated in the team making the playoffs during the 2014-15 season. Although it ended with a sweep, the Jets were on their way up.
The 2017-18 season marked a high point in the franchise. With an elite netminder in Hellebuyck, who has set many Winnipeg Jets stats, the team advanced to the Conference Finals.
However, Winnipeg’s ascent proved short-lived. The team lost most -if not all- of its main defensemen and had to re-tool. New stars like Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers helped keep Winnipeg competitive, but the team was not the Stanley Cup threat it briefly was.
Still, the Jets have the makings of a team that can break through. As a relatively new franchise, fans and bettors can exercise patience as the team progresses.