Team Recap: 31st-Seeded ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets

The #31 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '84-'85 Winnipeg Jets.

The #31 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets.

  • Scott Arniel (LW)
    • 7 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   8 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dave Babych (D)
    • 7 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   -4   27 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Marc Behrend (G)
    • 1 GP   0-1-0   2.00 GAA   .917 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Laurie Boschman (C)
    • 7 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   +2   12 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   1 Stars
  • Randy Carlyle (D)
    • 7 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   +1   11 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dave Ellett (D)
    • 7 GP   2 G   4 A   6 P   -3   19 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   2 Stars
  • Dale Hawerchuk (C)
    • 7 GP   1 G   7 A   8 P   -10   35 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brian Hayward (G)
    • 7 GP   3-3-0   3.43   .914 SV%   0 SO   6 Stars
  • Jim Kyte (D)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -4   3 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Morris Lukowich (LW)
    • 6 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bengt Lundholm (LW)
    • 7 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +1   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Paul MacLean (RW)
    • 7 GP   2 G   3 A   5 P   -2   13 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   1 Stars
  • Brian Mullen (RW)
    • 7 GP   2 G   3 A   5 P   +1   15 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jim Nill (RW)
    • 7 GP   3 G   1 A   4 P   +2   9 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Robert Picard (D)
    • 7 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   12 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Doug Smail (LW)
    • 7 GP   6 G   3 A   9 P   -10   28 S   2 GWG   0 PIM   5 Stars
  • Thomas Steen (C)
    • 7 GP   3 G   2 A   5 P   +1   23 S    0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Perry Turnbull (C)
    • 7 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -7   10 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tim Watters (D)
    • 7 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -4   8 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 3-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 26
  • Goals/Game: 3.71
  • Goals Allowed: 24
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.43
  • Shots: 302
  • Shots Allowed: 238
  • Shots/Game: 43.1
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 34.0
  • # of PP’s: 12
  • PPG’s: 0
  • PP%: 0.0%
  • TSH: 9
  • PPGA: 4
  • PK%: 55.6%
  • Penalties in minutes: 26

This was another team that was a part of one of the biggest toss-ups in the 1st Round. This team was also pretty good. And plus, ya gotta love the retro Jets gear. In the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, this Jets team took total command of their matchup, but all of a sudden the opposing goaltender decided to show up.

1st Round:

Defeated by 34th-seeded ’10-’11 Nashville Predators, 4-3, after leading 3-1

Under the direction of head coach Barry Long, the ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets posted a regular season record of 43-27-10, which was good for 96 points and 2nd in the Smythe Division, behind the Edmonton Oilers, of course. They were ranked 3rd in the league out of 21 teams in goals for with 358 and they were 15th in the league in goals against with 332. Hockey Reference ranked Winnipeg’s strength of schedule at ninth toughest in the league, but their SRS rating system had Winnipeg as the eighth best team in the league that year. The Jets faced off against the Calgary Flames in the Division Semifinals in just four games. Then, however, they faced off against those Oilers in the Division Finals and Edmonton ended up sweeping Winnipeg on their way to another title.

This Jets team had a couple of offensive stars with Dale Hawerchuk leading the way. He posted a team-high 130 points in 80 games played. Paul MacLean was second on the team with 101 points in 79 games. Thomas Steen, you might recognize that name as he’s the father of current St. Louis Blue Alexander Steen, was third on the team in points with 84 in 79. Hawerchuk also led the team in goals with 53 and MacLean was second and Laurie Boschman was third with 41 and 32, respectively. Hawerchuk, MacLean and Steen were also top three on the team in assists in that order, with 77, 60 and 54, respectively. Defensemen Robert Picard and Randy Carlyle posted the two-highest plus/minus ratings with +31 and +23 and Hawerchuk posted the third-highest plus/minus rating with +22. Goaltending and defense was not exactly a strong point for this team. Goaltender Brian Hayward struggled a bit that season. He posted a 3.84 goals against average and a .879 save percentage. In the playoffs, Hayward struggled even more and actually lost his starting position to backup Marc Behrend.

Up next is the #32 seed, the ’37-’38 New York Americans!

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