Record Breakers: Goals Scored

April 7, 2012; Winnipeg, MB, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning forward Adam Hall (18) and Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little (18) await face off during the second period at the MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-US PRESSWIRE

The location of the "official" record book of the Winnipeg Jets has been a source of great debate, but to me the official location is a non-issue. I don’t really care where the official records are kept, we still have our experiences and memories and we have the ability to keep our own records. You may recall that I have compiled the complete history of hockey stats accumulated in Winnipeg, but unlike some others, I am not comfortable dismissing what happened in Atlanta.

I have already done a piece comparing Buff's 2011-12 season to those of historic Jets defenders, but I want to take this analysis a little further. Understanding where players like Tobias Enstrom and Bryan Little fit into the Atlanta / Winnipeg record books is every bit as interesting to me. The Jets want to leave the Thrashers struggles in the past, but they need to understand what exactly went on before they can move past it.

Let’s take a look at Thrashers / Jets 2.0 goal getters and where current Jets players rank:

Player

From

To

Pos

GP

G

G/GM

Ilya Kovalchuk

2002

2010

LW

594

328

0.55

Vyacheslav Kozlov

2003

2010

RW/C/LW

537

145

0.27

Marian Hossa

2006

2008

RW

222

108

0.49

Bryan Little

2008

2012

RW/C

356

92

0.26

Dany Heatley

2002

2004

RW

190

80

0.42

Marc Savard

2003

2006

C

184

63

0.34

Evander Kane

2010

2012

LW

213

63

0.3

Jim Slater

2006

2012

C

449

60

0.13

Patrik Stefan

2000

2006

C

414

59

0.14

Andrew Ladd

2011

2012

LW

163

57

0.35

Ray Ferraro

2000

2002

C

223

56

0.25

Nik Antropov

2010

2012

C

221

55

0.25

Rich Peverley

2009

2011

C

180

49

0.27

Todd White

2008

2010

C

221

43

0.19

Bobby Holik

2006

2008

C

228

41

0.18

Notes Worth Noting:


  • Kovalchuk sits in first place by a wide margin. As we will see in the coming days, this is the case from pretty much every offensive stat. He was a monster and it will take years for any current player to top his goal total.
  • Three years into his career Evander Kane is already tied for 6th in franchise history. He should move solidly into the top 5 this coming season, but he will have to score an average of 35 goals a year for the next 8 years to top Kovi’s franchise mark.
  • Bryan Little is everyone’s favorite - not good enough - first line centre, but he is good enough to be the 4th leading goal scorer in franchise history. Little hasn’t scored at a prolific rate, but he has survived 4 and a half seasons with the team. Little’s 356 games played is the 10th longest stay in franchise history. Expect him to jump Hossa to land 3rd on the goal scoring list by the end of this season.
  • Games played is a big factor in WPG/ATL goal totals. Only 19 players have played more than 225 games (The equivalent of three 75 game seasons) as a Jet / Thrasher. Jim Slater and Patrik Stefan are both well above that mark and it has propelled them into the top 10 goal getters.
  • For all the flack he gets, Captain Andrew Ladd has been one of the most impactful players in franchise history. Ladd is tenth highest goal total in franchise history, 4th in goals per game. Ladd may not be an ideal first line forward, but he has stepped up an done an admirable job.
  • There are a few Jets players that have a chance of passing Bobby Holik and entering the top 15 this upcoming season. Buff and Toby each have 32 goals with the franchise. I wouldn’t count on Toby scoring 10 goals, but Buff should give it a go. Blake Wheeler (24 goals with the franchise) and Alexander Burmistrov (19 goals with the franchise) each have a chance at moving up the ranks this year.

For interest sake, let’s take a look at the top 10 goal scoring seasons in franchise history:


Player

Season

Age

Pos

GP

G

G/GM

Ilya Kovalchuk

2005-06

22

LW

78

52

0.67

Ilya Kovalchuk

2007-08

24

LW

79

52

0.66

Marian Hossa

2006-07

28

RW

82

43

0.52

Ilya Kovalchuk

2008-09

25

LW

79

43

0.54

Ilya Kovalchuk

2006-07

23

LW

82

42

0.51

Dany Heatley

2002-03

22

RW

77

41

0.53

Ilya Kovalchuk

2003-04

20

LW

81

41

0.51

Marian Hossa

2005-06

27

RW

80

39

0.49

Ilya Kovalchuk

2002-03

19

LW

81

38

0.47

Donald Audette

2000-01

31

RW

64

32

0.5

Notes Worth Noting:


  • It’s easy to see how Ilya Kovalchuk separated himself from the pack. He was a dominant force for an number of years. Fourty and 50 goal seasons are a rarity these days, but Kovi did it with regularity.
  • With any type of growth Kane should be able to hit #10 on this list. If he passes anyone else, that is all gravy. Let’s hope he gets there one day.

For those that want to see the Jets 1.0 comparables, this is the career list:


Player

From

To

Pos

GP

G

G/GM

Dale Hawerchuk

1982

1990

C

713

379

0.53

Bobby Hull

1973

1980

LW

429

307

0.72

Thomas Steen

1982

1995

C

950

264

0.28

Paul MacLean

1982

1988

RW

527

248

0.47

Anders Hedberg

1975

1978

RW

286

236

0.83

Morris Lukowich

1979

1979

LW

511

233

0.46

Willy Lindstrom

1976

1983

LW/RW

604

220

0.36

Doug Smail

1981

1991

LW/RW

691

189

0.27

Laurie Boschman

1983

1990

C

526

152

0.29

Teemu Selanne

1993

1996

RW

231

147

0.64

Keith Tkachuk

1992

1996

LW

308

144

0.47

Ulf Nilsson

1975

1978

C

300

140

0.47

Peter Sullivan

1976

1981

C

439

125

0.28

Brian Mullen

1983

1987

LW

372

124

0.33

Pat Elynuik

1988

1992

RW

289

115

0.40

Notes Worth Noting:


  • Piling up goal totals like Ducky and Hull did won’t be easy in today’s NHL.
  • Many of the other totals aren’t too far out of reach. I wonder what kind of reaction Winnipeggers will have when Evander Kane passes someone like Teemu Selanne when it comes to all time Winnipeg goal scorers.

…and this is the list of top WHA / Jets 1.0 seasons:


Player

Season

Age

Lg

Pos

GP

G

G/GM

Bobby Hull

1974-75

36

WHA

LW

78

77

0.99

Teemu Selanne

1992-93

22

NHL

RW

84

76

0.9

Anders Hedberg

1976-77

25

WHA

RW

68

70

1.03

Morris Lukowich

1978-79

22

WHA

LW

80

65

0.81

Anders Hedberg

1977-78

26

WHA

RW

77

63

0.82

Dale Hawerchuk

1984-85

21

NHL

C

80

53

0.66

Bobby Hull

1975-76

37

WHA

LW

80

53

0.66

Anders Hedberg

1974-75

23

WHA

RW

65

53

0.82

Bobby Hull

1973-74

35

WHA

LW

75

53

0.71

Bobby Hull

1972-73

34

WHA

LW

63

51

0.81

Keith Tkachuk

1995-96

23

NHL

LW

76

50

0.66

Anders Hedberg

1975-76

24

WHA

RW

76

50

0.66

Dale Hawerchuk

1986-87

23

NHL

C

80

47

0.59

Christian Bordeleau

1972-73

25

WHA

LW

78

47

0.60

Dale Hawerchuk

1985-86

22

NHL

C

80

46

0.58

Notes Worth Noting:


  • These Jets 1.0 / WHA season marks will be really really hard to match in today’s NHL.

Final Thoughts:

There you have it. That is about all there is to know about Winnipeg goal scorers. Many of the Jet 1.0 single season records will be out of reach, but it will be fun to watch our current players climb the career ranks. I am not sure which record book most fans will be following more closely, but I will have my eye on both.

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