Editor’s note: In conjunction with Hockey Buzz.com’s NHL’s all-time computer tournament, Fungosports.com is selecting each franchise’s All-time best team.
This is the Winnipeg Jets’ list of the top players of all-time:
Given the importance of the Jets’ logo to Winnipeg fans, we counted anyone who wore a Jets’ jersey. In other words, even though Dale Hawerchuk’s statistics technically belonged to the Arizona Coyotes (because the original Jets moved there). We counted Hawerchuk, Teemu Selanne, Bobby Hull and others.
Bobby Hull: He spent eight seasons with the Jets, seven of those years in the WHA. But he is too important to the Jets’ history to leave off. His signing by the Jets legitimized the WHA.
Dale Hawerchuk: Officially, his numbers belong to the Arizona Coyotes franchise. But to us, he’s the best center in Winnipeg Jets’ history. In the 1980s, he topped 100 points five consecutive seasons.
Teemu Selanne: He set an NHL record with 76 goals as a rookie and finished with 147 goals in four seasons with the Jets.”
Keith Tkachuk: He played five seasons in Winnipeg, scoring 50 goals in his final season, before the team relocated to Phoenix. He should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Mark Scheifele: In his last four seasons with the Jets, he has scored 29, 32, 23 and 38 goals. Twice he has bettered the 80-point mark.
Paul McLean: He scored 32 or more goals six times wearing a Jets jersey. He owned a 101-point season for the Jets in 1985-86.
Blake Wheeler: He is the active leader in Jets points with 575 in 624 games. He has netted 20 or more goals for six consecutive seasons.
Thomas Steen: With 817 points in 950 games, Steen is second to Hawerchuk on the points list. He registered 50 or more points in 11 different seasons with the Jets.
Patrik Laine: Starting his fourth NHL season, Laine has never had fewer than 30 goals in a season. His release is Brett Hull-like.
Laurie Boschman: He played gritty, skilled hockey for eight seasons in Winnipeg. He scored 25 or more goals four times, topped 200 penalty minutes three times.
Brian Little: In his ninth season wearing a Jets jersey, he has been a consistently productive player. He has scored 20 or more four times. Technically, he’s the third-highest scorer in franchise history with 516 points.
Kyle Connor: With 65 goals in his first two season, Connor makes a quality fourth liner on the all-time team. This is dangerous projection, but we are making it.
Randy Carlyle: A former Jets captain, Carlyle was a fixture on the Jets’ defense for a decade. He scored 15 or more goals for three consecutive seasons from 1985-88.
Dustin Byfuglien: Big Buff has played eight seasons of impact hockey in Winnipeg. Blessed with a slap shot bomb, Byfuglien has netted as many as 20 goals in a single season. At 250 pounds, Byfuglien is also a physical force:
Fredrik Olausson: Ranked seventh on the Jets’ all-time scoring list, Olausson had a 20-goal season in 1991-92.
Phil Housley: Dynamic puck mover Housley produced 259 points in 232 games. A risk taker who often joined the rush, Housley boasted a 97-point season in 1991-92.
Dave Babych: In the 1980s, Babych was a productive offensive defenseman, scoring 13 or more goals for four consecutive seasons.
Dave Ellett: In his six full seasons with the Jets, Ellett never had fewer than 11 goals in a season. He posted 22 goals in 1988-89.
Connor Hellebuyck: In five seasons with the Jets, he has a record 120-66-17. He was 44-11-9 with a .924 save percentage
Ondrej Pavelec: He owns 158 wins wearing a Jets’ jersey, which makes him tops in that category.