Best NHL captain from each franchise: Winnipeg Jets – Blake Wheeler
Life hasn’t been easy for the Winnipeg Jets and their fans as they’ve never won a Stanley Cup championship, a Division championship, nothing at all. A lot of that frustration has come from bad coaching and personnel decisions but the good news is that better days are hopefully ahead.
When the Jets named right winger Blake Wheeler captain in 2016, it was the start of a rebuilding process focused on building a young team around him to get them ready to soar. So far, the Jets have been heading in the right direction as a franchise since Wheeler has already represented the team in the back-to-back NHL All-Star Games in 2018 and 2019.
Wheeler is a proven veteran and has done his part to help the younger players around him develop the right way ever since he became captain. Of course, it’ll more than likely take a number of years before everything comes together but at the end of the day, patience is key.
Hopefully, it’ll happen sooner than later since the Jets will need all the help they can get in order to push the envelope. Even though Wheeler was stripped of his captaincy in September 2022, he’s still the best captain they’ve ever had. The Jets have recently chosen not to have a captain after Wheeler so hopefully, the franchise gets it sorted out over time. In his career so far, he’s totaled over 300 goals, over 600 assists, and over 900 points.