Your Winnipeg Jets History: The Yotes Own Nothing!

Who cares if the NHL says Hawerchuk and Oliver Ekman-Larsson played for the same team, we know better.

While Winnipeg hockey fans are ecstatic about having their team back, the fact that the "Official History" of the Winnipeg Jets 1.0 is still attached to the Phoenix Coyotes has been driving people nuts. This also got me thinking; What exactly is an "Official History"? Most of it is statistical and nobody really owns those stats.

The fact that is; there is a major disconnect between what is "reality" and what is "Official" in our statistical records, so we at AIH figured we could piece together a real statistical history and do it the right way. Now understand this is still a work in progress and over time we may expand upon what information the stat book holds, but even now it enables us to give fans a great glimpse of how our Jets 2.0 players are performing in relation to the players from the WHA and 1.0 incarnations.

As of now we have sortable season and career totals for all of our Jets and we have only included stats that were accrued by our players while the team was in Winnipeg. So that means, there will be very little Shane Doan and no Ilya Kovalchuk. Our history is how it should be.

After the jump I take a look at the all time Jets who laced up their skates at 20 years and younger and how they compare to Kane / Burmi. This is an example of the analysis that will be headed your way.

Edit: I realised I haven't been particularly clear.

The premise here is; we at AIH would like to supply Jets fans with a complete Jet's statistical history. This would separate all things Jets from every Yotes and Thrashers stat. WHA Jets / Jets 1.0 / Jets 2.0 stats complied as though they are one franchise.

Everything Tempo Teppo (Oops!) and Doan did after the team moved does not count in these records. Everything Kane, Slater and Ladd did in Atlanta is wiped too. If we can provide this for you, would it lessen the pain of the Yotes owning our "Official" records?

Let us know what you thoughts are on this subject.

Of course we will be dumping some top performers lists on you guys over the next little while, but here is a fun example of some of the things I intend to breakdown in the not too distant future.

One of the major storylines of the 2011-12 Jets season was the play of our 20 year olds, Evander Kane and Alexander Burmistrov. Kane had a breakout season and put up some good numbers, Burmi showed glimpses, but couldn't put produce consistently, but how did their performances compare to what other Jets did at 20 years old and under.

Player Season Age GP G A PTS +/- S
Dale Hawerchuk 1981-82 18 80 45 58 103 -4 339
Dale Hawerchuk 1982-83 19 79 40 51 91 -17 297
Dale Hawerchuk 1983-84 20 80 37 65 102 -14 256
Evander Kane 2011-12 20 74 30 27 57 11 287
Keith Tkachuk 1992-93 20 83 28 23 51 -13 199
Brian Mullen 1982-83 20 80 24 26 50 11 194
Alexander Burmistrov 2011-12 20 76 13 15 28 4 123
Scott Arniel 1982-83 20 75 13 5 18 -16 92
Andrew McBain 1983-84 19 78 11 19 30 -6 93
Dave Christian 1979-80 20 15 8 10 18 -5 34
Shane Doan 1995-96 19 74 7 10 17 -9 106
Andrew McBain 1984-85 20 77 7 15 22 -2 63
Glenn Hicks 1978-79 20 69 6 10 16 -2 59
Kelly Pratt 1973-74 20 46 4 6 10
Keith Tkachuk 1991-92 19 17 3 5 8 0 22
Jimmy Mann 1979-80 20 72 3 5 8 -20 60
Chad Kilger 1995-96 19 29 2 3 5 -2 19
Michal Grosek 1994-95 19 24 2 2 4 -3 27
Kris Draper 1991-92 20 10 2 0 2 0 19
Scott Arniel 1981-82 19 17 1 8 9 2 18
Pat Elynuik 1987-88 20 13 1 3 4 2 12
Ron Ashton 1974-75 20 36 1 3 4 -11 36
Murray Eaves 1980-81 20 12 1 2 3 -7 12
Peter Douris 1985-86 19 11 0 0 0 -1 0

I don't think anybody is surprised to see Ducky ranked so high on the chart, but it is interesting to see that both Kane and Burmi fair pretty well in the all time comparison. Despite his struggles, Burmi actually out produced some very solid Jets as a 20 year old.

Other notes:

· Every name in the top 10 put together careers that lasted at least 608 games.

· Ducky, Tkachuk, Christian, Doan and Draper all topped 1000 games played.

· Kane and Burmi are among the top 3 in terms of +/-

Whether you compare them to the old Jets, new Jets or WHA Jets, our new young guns are doing pretty well.

Now I ask our readers, what other kinds of rankings and comparisons would you guys like to see?

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