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, and let’s check them out shall we?

Note: Hockey lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades.
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.  
Already a Stanley Cup Champion (with Chicago) when Dustin Byfuglien was traded to the Thrashers, he was moved back to his natural blueline position and essentially became a more valuable hockey player.  As a Thrasher/Jet, the native of Minnesota has become an All Star twice and as of this writing…
Swedish born Defenseman, Tobias Enstrom, was named to the All Star Game in 2011 (though he was not able to play) and to date has not played for any other NHL team other than the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets.  Enstrom has thus far eclipsed 50 Points in a season twice.  He…
As of this writing, Czech Goaltender, Ondrej Pavelec has spent his entire professional career with the Atlanta Thrashes/Winnipeg Jets.  The former second round draft pick has not exactly set the league on fire as he has led the NHL three times in Goals Against, but all things considered he has…
Proving to be a good two way player over his time in the National Hockey League, Bryan Little has scored 20 Goals or more in four of his seasons.  To date, Little’s best season saw him score 64 Points in the 2013/14 campaign. 
A Thrasher/Jet for the last six seasons, Blake Wheeler has provided some serious offensive power for the team, scoring over 60 Points four times as a Jet.  Providing he stays with the team, his already high rank should grow.
Spending the last seven of his lengthy eighteen seasons in the National Hockey League, Russian, Vyacheslav Kozlov still continued his scoring touch in Atlanta where he eclipsed the 60 Point mark in his first two campaigns as a Thrasher.  Kozlov would have 416 Points in Atlanta.
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…
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 Thraskers/Jets and was quickly named the team Captain.  Ladd would score 20 Goals four times and would probably have…
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.  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.
While Andy Sutton was always known for his defensive skills (he was a Defenceman after all), it was in Atlanta where he put his best numbers offensively with three seasons with 20 Points, while even exceeding his defensive metrics.
Nik Antropov spent the last four seasons of his National Hockey League career with the Thrashrs/Jets and it was as an Atlanta Thrasher where the flashy Russian forward would accumulate the highest Points of his NHL career.
Spending five seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers, Czech born Defensman, Frantisek Kaberle would have three seasons where he went over 20 Points in a season.  Kaberle would later win a Stanley Cup as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.
An Atlanta Thrasher for slightly under three NHL seasons, Marc Savard currently holds the franchise record for Assists in a Season.  The flashy Canadian would have his best offensive season in Atlanta (97 Points) and is one of the few members of this franchise with a Point per Game Average. …
From the nation of Finland, Kari Lehtonen is to date the only winning Goalie in Thrashers/Jets history.  Lehtonen managed to do this while constantly facing far more shots than his opposing netminder.  That is quite the accomplishment!
One of the longest tenured players in Thrasher/Jets history with nearly 600 Games Played, Jim Slater was a checking line fixture for years for the organization.  Slater was not much of a scorer, but a locker room “glue guy” who would spend all of his NHL campaigns with Atlanta/Winnipeg.
Statistically, Dany Heatley should merit a higher ranking, but in 2003 he crashed his car, which killed his friend and teammate, Dan Snyder, causing him to miss nearly a full season.  Heatley would request a trade from Atlanta to put the past behind him, thus alienating the fan base that…
As of this writing, Centre, Mark Scheifele has improved annually to where he scored 60 Points in his last NHL season.  Should he continue this progression, Scheifele could work his way into the Thrashers/Jets All-Time Top Ten shortly.
As of this writing (end of the 2015/16 season), Right Winger, Chris Thorburn, has played the most games in the history of the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets franchise.  Thorburn has proved to be a great locker room asset and a solid checker throughout his career.