08:00 ET

Connor Having Another Great Season for the Jets

Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via Getty Images

There were a lot of questions surrounding the Winnipeg Jets coming into the season.

How would new head coach Rick Bowness do? How would Blake Wheeler handle not being the team captain? Would the team find a way to get back into the Stanley Cup playoffs?

As of this writing (Wednesday, January 25), it would appear that all is right regarding the Jets. The team is second in the Central Division and sixth in the league with a 31-17-1 record and 63 points.

There is no doubt that Bowness deserves a lot of credit for the team’s success so far. The players seem to like playing for him, they appear to believe in his system, and he has made them one of the toughest teams to play against this season.

Another person that deserves a ton of credit is netminder Connor Hellebuyck. Hellebuyck, 29, is having a Vezina Trophy-worthy season as he is 23-13-0-1 with a 2.38 goals-against average, a .925 save percentage, and three shutouts.

Another player that deserves a lot of credit is a player who has never gotten enough in his career. In fact, this particular player has been one of the league’s best for the last few seasons.

That player would be Kyle Connor. Connor, 26, leads the team with 57 points this season on 24 goals and 33 assists.

The impressive point total is nothing new for Connor. Here is a look at them over the last few seasons:

  • 2017-18: 57 points in 76 games
  • 2018-19: 66 points in 82 games
  • 2019-20: 73 points in 71 games
  • 2020-21: 50 points in 56 games
  • 2021-22: 93 points in 79 games

As can be seen above, Connor knows how to produce, and he does it at a consistent level. For someone who is just entering his prime, his numbers will probably get even better.

Connor also knows how to put the puck in the net. He is second on the team in goals this season.

Here is a look at his goal totals over the course of his career:

  • 2017-18: 31 goals in 76 games
  • 2018-19: 34 goals in 82 games
  • 2019-20: 38 goals in 71 games
  • 2020-21: 26 goals in 56 games
  • 2021-22: 47 goals in 79 games

In an article over at The Score’s website written last Tuesday, January 17, hockey writer John Matisz pointed out the following regarding his goal-scoring prowess:

“Connor has scored the sixth-most goals since 2017-18 – his first full NHL season – but you’d probably be surprised to see his name among hockey’s elite offensive dynamos.”

“Consider this: Connor’s 197 goals in that span are 19 behind David Pastrnak, 17 ahead of Nathan MacKinnon, and 19 ahead of Steven Stamkos.”

Speaking of scoring goals, Connor has scored a lot of big ones in his short career. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in game-winning goals with 42, including eight from this season.

Connor has also been a key contributor to the team’s 13th-ranked power play this season. He has 20 points on the man advantage on six goals and 14 assists.

He is also not afraid to throw the puck on the net. He leads the team with 171 shots on goal and is in a good position to crack the 200 mark for the fourth time in his career.

It is time for hockey fans outside of Winnipeg to recognize just how good Connor is. If you watch him long enough, you will realize and understand why he is one of the best players in the league.

Stanley Cup Aspirations Cue’ the Duck Boats Pod

The boys are back after a long break but have plenty to talk about as the playoffs are in full swing. We go series by series, looking at how teams have fared so far and who will come out on top. Thanks for listening! Please rate and review our show on your favorite listening platform. Check out our partner's website at www.insidetherink.com for all your latest hockey news.
  1. Stanley Cup Aspirations
  2. The Final Countdown
  3. Here Come the Playoffs
  4. Home Stretch
  5. Kevy Cooks

Patrick Hoffman

Patrick covers the NHL for Inside The Rink. He has previously covered the league for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave, WTP Sports, Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2023 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Oscar Fisker Molgaard

The Scouting Report: Oscar Fisker Mølgaard from Frederikshavnn, Denmark, born on February 18th, 2005, is a top prospect eligible for the 2023 NHL entry draft in Nashville. Molgaard is one of those centers that you absolutely must look at, especially as a player who transitioned from Denmark’s hockey program to Sweden’s hockey programs. Ranked #86 […]

Read More

NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Oliver Moore

Oliver Moore might be the most electrifying skater in the 2023 NHL draft and is one of the top center prospects of this class. Born on January 22nd, 2005, in Mounds View, Minnesota, Moore is a member of the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) and has worn the red, white, and blue over […]

Read More
Brad Lambert, Seattle Thunderbirds (Brian Liesse/Seattle Thunderbirds)

Brad Lambert’s Thunderous Effort Takes Seattle to First-Ever Memorial Cup Finals

The Seattle Thunderbirds are in the Memorial Cup Finals for the first time ever in franchise history. Thanks to the player’s efforts, the Seattle Thunderbirds beat the Peterborough Petes four to one on Friday, June 2nd. Brad Lambert would bring the thunder and start the party, scoring at 15:32 in the second period. This was […]

Read More