Top 50 Winnipeg Jets

Let’s be very clear.

This list of the top 50 Winnipeg Jets of all-time only refers to the current incarnation that began in Atlanta, Georgia as the Thrashers.  

The reason for this is that the National Hockey League has not given the “history” to the organization that now resides in Manitoba.  

As such, and as of this writing, this is not exactly the most interesting of our Hockey lists, but reality dictates that one franchise had to have this designation.  Since the Jets/Thrashers have only made the NHL playoffs twice in their sixteen-year existence, we are not exactly talking about a plethora of Hall of Famers, are we?

Still, this is what we do here at Notinhalloffame.com, and let’s check them out!

Note: Hockey lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.

This list is up to the end of the 2020-21 Season.
Ilya Kovalchuk plied his trade with the Atlanta Thrashers for seven and a half years and while the Russian forward played for a team that wasn’t exactly exceptional, he was a star for the franchise.  
The Atlanta Thrashers traded for Blake Wheeler in 2011 and the gifted playmaker has been rewarding the franchise with that decision ever since.
Already a Stanley Cup Champion (with Chicago) when Dustin Byfuglien was traded to the Thrashers in what would be their last year in Atlanta, he was moved back to his natural blueline position and essentially became a more valuable hockey player.
Mark Schiefle was taken with the Seventh Overall Pick in 2011, and the native of Kitchener, Ontario cracked the Jets roster for seven Games that year.  After making it for four Games in the next year, Schiefle was primed to breakout as a bona fide NHL player.
As of this writing, Connor Hellbuyck is the best American Goalie in the game of hockey, which is a statement that many would not have seen coming in 2015.
Bryan Little has carved out a nice career in the National Hockey League since he debuted in 2007-08 after being taken in the First Round by the Atlanta Thrashers in the prior year.
From Sweden, Tobias "Toby" Enstrom was a late-round pick in 2003, but stayed in Sweden until 2007.  Enstrom made the team immediately and exceeded expectations as an All-Rookie with a sixth-place finish for the Calder.
Czech Goaltender, Ondrej Pavelec played all but his last NHL season with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets.
Vyacheslav Kozlov played the first half of his career with the Detroit Red Wings where he was part of the diverse team that won the 1997 and 1998 Stanley Cup.  After a year in Buffalo, he was traded to Buffalo where he played the last seven of his NHL seasons.
Marian Hossa was an All-Star twice in his two and three-quarter seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers.  While his stint in the Peach State was brief, the Slovakian forward made the most of it with a 1.12 Points per Game Average, which would be the highest mark of his career.  Hossa…
From Finland, Patrik Laine was the Second Overall Pick in 2016 behind Auston Matthews, and he has since shown the Winnipeg Jets that he was worthy of the selection.
Traded after he won a Stanley Cup for the Chicago Blackhawks (he also won one with the Carolina Hurricanes), Andrew Ladd would become one of the major offensive weapons for the Thrashers/Jets and was quickly named the team Captain.  Ladd would score 20 Goals four times and would probably have…
A product of the United States Hockey system, Jacob Trouba was a First Round Pic and former school MVP at Michiigan.  Professionally, he played his first six years in the NHL with the team thst took him, the Winnipeg Jets, with each year showing marked approvement.
Nikolaj Ehlers came to the National Hockey League by way of Denmark, making him one of the first true stars from the small Northern European nation.
A former fourth overall draft pick, Evander Kane scored 222 Points over his Thrashers/Jets career though it did have a bit of controversy off of the ice, which bled into issues with his teammates.  Still, Kane’s offensive output does denote a high place on this list.
The third overall draft pick from 2008, Zack Bogosian would suit up for the Thrashers on opening night shortly after his 18th birthday.  The American Defenseman has been regarded for his physical style of play who was usually amongst the leaders in hits for his team.
From the state of Michigan, Kyle Connor naturally played his college hockey at the University of Michigan where he was one of the most decorated players in school history.
The gigantic Texan (he stands at 6’ 8”), Tyler Myers is a former Calder Trophy winner (albeit with the Buffalo Sabres) has always been able to use his size effectively.
Marc Savard was with the Atlanta Thrashers for the middle part of his career where he enjoyed some of his greatest individual success.
Mathieu Perrault was already an established mid-line Center when he signed with the Winnipeg Jets as a Free Agent in 2014, and he continued to playmake at that level for his new club.