2011–12 Winnipeg Jets season

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2011–12 Winnipeg Jets
Division 4th Southeast
Conference 11th Eastern
2011–12 record 37–35–10
Home record 23–13–5
Road record 14–22–5
Goals for 235
Goals against 281
Team information
General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff
Coach Claude Noel
Captain Andrew Ladd
Alternate captains Dustin Byfuglien
Tobias Enstrom
Mark Stuart
Chris Thorburn
Arena MTS Centre
Average attendance 15,004 (100%)
Total: 615,164
Team leaders
Goals Evander Kane (30)
Assists Blake Wheeler (47)
Points Blake Wheeler (64)
Penalties in minutes Mark Stuart (98)
Plus/minus Evander Kane (+11)
Wins Ondrej Pavelec (29)
Goals against average Ondrej Pavelec (2.91)

The 2011–12 Winnipeg Jets season was the 13th season for the National Hockey League franchise and the first in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after 12 seasons as the Atlanta Thrashers. The franchise played in Atlanta since the 1999–2000 NHL season, and relocated to Winnipeg following the conclusion of the 2010–11 NHL season.[1] The relocation of the Thrashers to Winnipeg was confirmed by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on May 31, 2011, and approved by the NHL Board of Governors on June 21, 2011.[2][3] The 2011 season also marks the first appearance of the Winnipeg Jets name in the NHL since the previous franchise moved from Winnipeg to Phoenix in 1996. At the end of the year, the team failed to qualify for a playoff spot.

Off-season[edit]

The Winnipeg Jets logos honouring the Royal Canadian Air Force

On May 31, 2011, at a press conference at the MTS Centre, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed that the Atlanta Thrashers had been sold to True North Sports and Entertainment and will relocate to Winnipeg for the 2011–12 NHL season after a unanimous vote favoring the sale and relocation at the Board of Governors meeting on June 21, 2011.[4] On June 4, 2011, the new owners informed General Manager Rick Dudley that he would no longer be the GM of the franchse, and that the last four years of his contract were to be bought-out.[5]

On June 8, 2011, Winnipeg named Kevin Cheveldayoff as their new GM, having previously been serving as the assistant GM for the Chicago Blackhawks.[6] Additionally, on June 20, 2011, new ownership informed Craig Ramsay that he was no longer the coach of the team. Former Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish was also informed he was out of the running for the head coaching position.[7] On June 24, True North announced that Claude Noel would be the first head coach of the new team in Winnipeg. Noel had spent the previous season as the head coach of the Manitoba Moose.[8]

The team's name was revealed to be the "Jets" at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft before the team made their selection.[9] On August 15, Rick Rypien was found deceased at his home in Alberta. Rypien had signed a contract with the Jets in the off-season. He was 27 years old.[10] The Jets unveiled their new jerseys at an event held on September 6 at 17 Wing in Winnipeg.[11]

Regular season[edit]

The Winnipeg Jets patch commemorating the first season

The Winnipeg team retained the Thrashers' place in the Southeast Division. The team played six games against its division opponents; four against other Eastern conference teams; and one or two games against Western conference teams.

Playoffs[edit]

The Jets failed to qualify for the 2012 NHL Playoffs, finishing eleventh in the Eastern Conference.

Standings[edit]

Southeast Division[12]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Florida Panthers 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
2 Washington Capitals 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
3 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
4 Winnipeg Jets 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
5 Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82
Eastern Conference[13]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – New York Rangers AT 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 y – Boston Bruins NE 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
3 y – Florida Panthers SE 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
6 New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
7 Washington Capitals SE 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
8.5
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
10 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
11 Winnipeg Jets SE 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
12 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82
13 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
14 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
15 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – Clinched division, z – Clinched conference (and division)


Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2011–12 Game log: 34–31–8, 76 points (Home: 23–11–4; Road: 11–20–4)
2011–12 schedule

Jets score listed first;   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals 

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP Min W L OT GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Pavelec, OndrejOndrej Pavelec 68 3932 29 28 9 191 2.91 2036 .906% 4 0 2 0
Mason, ChrisChris Mason 20 995 8 7 1 43 2.59 422 .898% 2 0 0 0
Mannino, PeterPeter Mannino 1 20 0 0 0 0 0.00 4 1.000% 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Jets. Stats reflect time with the Jets only.
Traded mid-season
underline/italics denotes franchise record

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular season
Player Award Awarded
Blake Wheeler[15] NHL Second Star of the Week February 20, 2012

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Zach Bogosian 200th career NHL game October 9, 2011
Mark Scheifele 1st career NHL game October 9, 2011
Mark Scheifele 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
October 19, 2011
Mark Flood 1st career NHL goal November 5, 2011
Johnny Oduya 100th career NHL point November 8, 2011
Tanner Glass 200th career NHL game November 10, 2011
Bryan Little 300th career NHL game November 14, 2011
Johnny Oduya 400th career NHL game November 17, 2011
Andrew Ladd 100th career NHL goal November 25, 2011
Nik Antropov 700th career NHL game November 26, 2011
Alexander Burmistrov 100th career NHL game December 3, 2011
Dustin Byfuglien 100th career NHL assist December 3, 2011
Kyle Wellwood 400th career NHL game December 6, 2011
Jim Slater 400th career NHL game December 17, 2011
Ron Hainsey 500th career NHL game December 29, 2011
Evander Kane 100th career NHL point January 7, 2012
Chris Thorburn 400th career NHL game January 21, 2012
Kyle Wellwood 200th career NHL point January 21, 2012
Chris Mason 300th career NHL game January 23, 2012
Blake Wheeler 300th career NHL game February 14, 2012
Blake Wheeler 100th career NHL assist February 17, 2012
Dustin Byfuglien 200th career NHL point February 23, 2012
Antti Miettinen 500th career NHL game February 25, 2012
Tim Stapleton 100th career NHL game February 25, 2012
Evander Kane 200th career NHL game March 9, 2012
Bryan Little 100th career NHL assist March 9, 2012
Spencer Machacek 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
March 18, 2012
Tobias Enstrom 200th career NHL point March 20, 2012
Spencer Machacek 1st career NHL goal March 23, 2012
Dustin Byfuglien 400th career NHL game March 24, 2012
Grant Clitsome 100th career NHL game March 28, 2012

Records[edit]

Player Record (Amount) Achieved

Transactions[edit]

Winnipeg has been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.