When the Winnipeg Jets made a suprising appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs following the 2013-14 NHL season, it left team management in a quandary. The long-range gameplan for the Jets since the Atlanta Thrashers were relocated to the Manitoba capital city in 2011 was to build through the draft and continue the steady development of their own prospects. The playoff spot, though, seemed to put the Jets ahead of schedule and in the eyes of the team’s fans, certainly raised expecations.
After that franchise-record 43-win, 99-point season, the Jets did what young teams often do – they came crashing back to reality, and a 35-win, 78-point performance in 2015-16 ended up without playoff hockey and revealing obvious signs that the Jets still have some work to do before anyone can anoint them a contender.
In reality, this is the third edition of the Winnipeg Jets. The second coming never lived up to the original, and the third time around is also uninspiring to this point.
The original Jets were an inaugural franchise in the WHA and set the hockey world on its ear by signing Chicago Blackhawks superstar Bobby Hull took a $1 million contract. The Jets set a trend by surrounding Hull with high-end European talent and the Jets were the best team in the seven year history of the rebel league.
Granted an NHL franchise in 1979, the Jets were an immediate disaster area. In their second NHL season the Jets lost 57 games, including an NHL-record 30-game winless skid. When they left for Arizona to become the Coyotes in 1996, the Jets showed one playoff series win in their NHL history.
Winnipeg Jets Betting Lines Today
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Winnipeg Jets Scores & Schedule
Here’s where you will find the Winnpeg Jets scores and schedule. While the Winnipeg Jets are getting better, they are also getting younger in the process and in the short term, than can spell doom in the rough and tumble NHL Central, the deepest division in the league.
The Jets have vowed to go with the best players, not necessarily the players who give them the best chance to win in the short term. It likely means more immediate pain but in the long run, perhaps that the Jets grow together as a team and mature into a club capable of competing on a nightly basis in the NHL’s toughest division.
Winnipeg Jets Standings Right Now
Below is listed the Winnipeg Jets standings and in the rugged NHL Central Division, it’s hard to fathom the Jets making any quantum leaps up the standings in the immediate future.
Winnipeg finished last in the seven-team Central during the 2015-16 season and were the only team to finish with a below-.500 record. You can’t realistically see them finishing ahead of the likes of the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars or Nashville Predators anytime soon. They might have a chance of catching the Minnesota Wild or Colorado Avalanche in the near future, but even that will be a struggle.
In Winnipeg, patience isnt a virtue, it’s a prerequisite.
|4||Columbus Blue Jackets||75||55||26||15||177||136|
|5||New York Rangers||75||56||32||18||192||147|
|7||San Jose Sharks||73||57||27||18||156||135|
|13||Toronto Maple Leafs||63||55||21||18||172||162|
|14||St. Louis Blues||63||56||22||22||161||165|
|17||Los Angeles Kings||60||55||17||23||138||136|
|18||New York Islanders||60||55||21||20||162||165|
|21||New Jersey Devils||58||56||16||22||131||159|
|23||Tampa Bay Lightning||57||56||21||24||154||160|
|27||Detroit Red Wings||54||56||13||24||141||169|
How To Win At Winnipeg Jets Betting
There’s a lot to like about the Winnipeg Jets. Their young players just keep getting better. They are loaded on the back end with coveted right-hand shot defensemen. The main problem the Jets have is one a hockey team can least afford to be afflicted by is success in the objective.
They can’t keep the puck out of their net. After a solid year in 2014-15 in which they allowed just 210 goals, the lowest total in an 82-game season in franchise history, the Jets ballooned back up to 239 goals against, their worst performance since 2011-12.
Winnipeg is still searching for a No. 1 goalie and until they find one, the search for consistency will remain equally elusive.
There’s budding, young talent everywhere you look in the Winnipeg Jets’ system and if they all blossom the way center Mark Scheifele did during the 2015-16 season, then the future will be indeed bright in Winnipeg.
The Jets’ top pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft, Scheifele jumped from 15 to a career-high and team-leading 29 goals and was a club-best plus-16. Scheifele also led the Jets with seven power-play goals and in shooting percentage at 14.9 per cent. It’s rare that a team’s top scorer is also its most accurate shooter.
Hybrids are popular in the automotive industry but they are a rare breed in the sport of hockey. In Dustin Byfuglien, the Winnipeg Jets suit up perhaps the most powerful hybrid in the history of the game.
At 6-5 and 250 pounds, Byfuglien was an imposing force up front, but the Jets have decided that he does his best work on the back end and played him almost exclusively as a defenseman in recent seasons. And what a productive defenseman he is. Between 2014-2016, Byfuglien scored 37 goals and dished out 51 assists. He also led the Jets in penalty minutes in each of those two seasons.