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

The 31st-seeded '84-'85 Winnipeg Jets

The 31st-seeded ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets

  • Scott Arniel (LW)
    • 18 GP   2 G   4 A   6 P   -4   35 S   1 GWG   8 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dave Babych (D)
    • 18 GP   6 G   13 A   19 P   -6   67 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars
  • Marc Behrend (G)
    • 6 GP   0 GS   1-0-0   2.00 GAA   .886 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Laurie Boschman (C)
    • 18 GP   7 G   4 A   11 P   -3   52 S   1 GWG   8 PIM   0 Stars
  • Randy Carlyle (D)
    • 18 GP   3 G   15 A   18 P   +16   35 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   3 Stars
  • Dave Ellett (D)
    • 18 GP   4 G   3 A   7 P   +2   53 S   2 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dale Hawerchuk (C) – 4th leading goal-scorer and 5th in overall scoring in tournament; Was named tournament’s most outstanding player
    • 18 GP   29* G   25 A   54* P   +22   134* S   3* GWG   6 PIM   27* Stars
  • Brian Hayward (G)
    • 18 GP   18 GS   10-5-2   4.00 GAA   .892 SV%   2 SO   7 Stars
  • Jim Kyte (D)
    • 18 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -4   11 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Morris Lukowich (LW)
    • 15 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bengt Lundholm (LW)
    • 18 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -5   12 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Paul MacLean (RW)
    • 18 GP   12 G   29* A   41 P   +23*   95 S   1 GWG   16* PIM   15 Stars
  • Brian Mullen (LW)
    • 18 GP   11 G   16 A   27 P   +12   79 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   9 Stars
  • Jim Nill (RW)
    • 18 GP   1 G   6 A   7 P   -4   15 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Robert Picard (D)
    • 18 GP   4 G   10 A   14 P   +18   33 S   0 GWG   12 PIM   1 Stars
  • Doug Smail (LW)
    • 18 GP   11 G   12 A   23 P   +14   40 S   2 GWG   2 PIM   1 Stars
  • Thomas Steen (C)
    • 18 GP   5 G   8 A   13 P   -5   54 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Perry Turnbull (C)
    • 15 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tim Watters (D)
    • 18 GP   1 G   7 A   8 P   +2   27 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 11-5-2
  • Goals Scored: 110
  • Goals/Game: 6.11 – Best in the tournament
  • Goals Allowed: 84
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 4.67 – 2nd-highest among teams that won at least one round
  • Shots: 743
  • Shots Allowed: 783
  • Shots/Game: 41.3
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 43.5 – 5th-highest among teams that won at least one round
  • # of PP’s: 23
  • PPG’s: 8
  • PP%: 34.8% – 3rd-highest in tournament
  • TSH: 35
  • PPGA: 9
  • PK%: 74.3%
  • Penalties in minutes: 88

The ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets are the original Jets’ representative again after last year’s disappointment in the First Round. They led their series 3-1, but lost three straight to get eliminated early. They were lead by the tournament’s top offense in their second go-around, but they also had a real tough time in their own end, which ultimately was their downfall.

First Round:

Defeated 34th-seeded ’84-’85 Quebec Nordiques, 4-1

Second Round:

Defeated 2nd-seeded ’44-’45 Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2

Third Round:

Led 1-0 and 2-1 over 15th-seeded ’00-’01 Colorado Avalanche, but lost three of the last four games to lose in seven games

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. Long finished second in the Jack Adams voting. 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. That same SRS rating (0.37) was the highest such rating for the original Jets. 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, who finished 2nd in the MVP voting behind only the Great One. 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. However, Hayward did post the second-highest Point Share during the regular season (10.3), which was behind only Hawerchuk who post an 11.1 share.

Up next are the 30th-seeded ’85-’86 Hartford Whalers!

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