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Wheeler Leading the Winnipeg Jets

Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets Photo by tsyp9


Winnipeg Jets

The Jets are in the midst of a very successful season. Coming into their game tonight against the Colorado Avalanche, they sit at second place in the dominant Central division. They have posted a 15-6-3 (33pts) record so far this year which has helped them to make a claim to be one of the best teams in the NHL for the 2017-2018 season. The Jets have the same record as Nashville, however they are above the Predators in the ROW column (Regulation and Overtime Wins) 14-13. In the league, the Winnipeg Jets are in third place overall. They have turned last season’s close playoff miss into fuel for their great start. Offense, defense, and goaltending are all coming together for them in the right way. Whether it be Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine, or Connor Hellebuyck; there are many players who are playing well. The player that stands out above the rest is Blake Wheeler.

Blake Wheeler

On February 18, 2011, Blake Wheeler was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers along with Mark Stuart from the Boston Bruins. Wheeler had been with the Bruins since the 2008-2009 season and had shown promise in his first season. He had put up respectable numbers that year, with a 21G-24A (45pts) stat line over 81 games. The most remarkable part of his rookie campaign was the fact that he had a 36 +/-. After a slight decline in production over the next few seasons, the Bruins decided it would be best to move the forward to the Thrashers. Once the move from Atlanta to Winnipeg was complete for the franchise, Wheeler began his climb back to the production he was capable of.

Scoring Prowess

In his inaugural season in Winnipeg, Wheeler impressed everyone with more production that ever before. He used the move to Winnipeg as a fresh start, and posted 17 goals and 47 assists along with a 5+/-. Wheeler’s scoring touch was back along with his development as a forward in the area of passing. Overall, the Jets seemed to had found a forward to help them start their franchise anew.

Wheeler has gone through it all for the Winnipeg Jets. He has been a team leader since the location change from Atlanta and it is showing up every season. He is the Captain now for the storied franchise and is a huge reason for their success this season. Every year he has been in Winnipeg he has put up 60+ points. He has a career line of 721 Games Played and a remarkable 542 Pts (205G-337A). This, along with an incredible 90 +/- have shown he has rebounded from a few bad seasons early in his career. His model of consistency has been great for the Jets as they have developed into legitimate Stanley Cup contenders this season.

Wheeler has developed himself into a great team leader. He has fully embraced his role as captain of the Winnipeg Jets, and has lead his team to a fantastic start.  The Winnipeg Jets are currently third in the National Hockey League, and he is a huge reason why they are experiencing success. Wheeler is a staple of the Jets’ organization and has proven he is among the best captains of the league. His overall play and team leadership is at a career-high and its being noticed by many.