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.
Josh Morrissey was taken in the First Round with the 13thOverall Pick in 2013 and after two years, he was a fixture on the Jets blueline.
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 straight seasons with 20 Points, while even exceeding his defensive metrics.  He scored 87 Points as a Thrasher.
A member of the Toronto Maple Leafs for most of his career, Nik Antropov spent his last four NHL seasons with the Thrashers/Jets.
A nine-year NHL veteran, Czech Defenseman, Frantisek Kaberle played five of them with the Atlanta Thrashers.
Taken Second Overall in the 2002 Draft, Finland's Kari Lehtonen's first five NHL seasons were with the Atlanta Thrashers where he had an overall winning record 94-83-17, an impressive feat considering that the Thrashers were basement dwellers.  His best year in Atlanta was in 2006-07 where he was sixth in…
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 ten 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…
Chris Thorburn played 801 NHL Games, 709 of which with Atlanta/Winnipeg (2007-17).
Ron Hainsey played five seasons with the Thrashers/Jets and the American born blueliner would have his best pro seasons for that organization.  Hainsey would score 39 Points in the 2008/09 season, which was his best offensive output of his career.
A member of the Swedish 2006 Olympic Gold Medal team, Defenceman, Niclas Havelid was known for his shot-blocking and dedication to the blueline.  Havelid played half of his NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers (2005-09) and had 28 Assists in the 2005/06 season, which would be the best of his…
It was late in his career when he arrived in Atlanta, but Ray Ferraro, “The Big Ball of Hate” still had plenty left in the tank.  In the 2000-01 season at the age of 36, Ferraro had 76 Points, which was one of four seasons in which he had over…
Claimed in the expansion draft, Yannick Tremblay was an Atlanta Thrasher for five seasons and easily was at his best in the NHL while playing in the state of Georgia.  Tremblay would hit 30 points twice for Atlanta and 107 of his 125 career Points as a Thrasher.
Playing his last six of his ten NHL seasons with the Winnpeg Jets, Mark Stuart patrolled the blue line in an effective stay-at-home fashion.  Stuart’s rugged style of play has not resulted in a lot of points but that is not what he is paid to do.
It is true that Patrik Stefan is in the conversation for the worst number one pick in NHL history, with the relatively weak history of the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets, he still can make it on a list such as this.
While Todd White was only an Atlanta Thrasher for three years of his career, it was his second season there where he would by far have his greatest offensive output.  In the 2008-09 season, the undrafted Center would tabulate 73 Points, 51 of them assists.  He would also receive votes…
An Atlanta Thrasher for nearly three seasons, Rich Peverley averaged nearly .70 Points per game while playing for the organization.  Peverley’s best full statistical season in the National Hockey League was in Atlanta where he had 55 Points and his lone 20 Goal season.  He would overall have 127 Points…
Andrew Brunette really developed his playmaking skills at the professional level in his two years in Atlanta.  Brunette’s first 20 Goal season was in Atlanta as was his first 50 Point campaign of which he would have two for the Thrashers, which incidentally was the amount of years he played…
Ben Chiarot was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 2009 when the team was still located in Atlanta, and four years later he played a single game for the team in the 2013-14 Season.  Chiarot was a regular afterwards, utilizing a stay-at-home defensive game, which every team needs.
After his rookie year at the University of Michigan, Andrew Copp was selected in the Fourth Round by the Winnipeg Jets.  Two years later, Copp was the team captain of the Wolverines, and he decided to sign his pro contract rather than play his senior year.
Playing for the Atlanta Thrashers for six seasons, Garnet Exelby was a stay-at-home defenseman who exceeded expectations as an eighth round pick.  Exelby wasn’t much of a scorer but did provide 10 Defensive Point Shares over his Thrasher career.