Winnipeg Jets 2019 NHL Predictions and Hockey Betting Odds

David Bastl | Updated Sep 28, 2019

Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) and Mark Scheifele (55), Winnipeg Jets, 2018

The Jets lost alot of players this off season via free agency. However, having Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler in the lineup still gives the Jets a fighting chance. They are currently paying +500 at Sports Interaction to win the Central division.

After making the Western Conference finals in 2018, the Jets took a step back last year falling to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues in six games. When looking back at the series, the team will have plenty of disappointments they can point to as they lost four games on home ice.

The big news this off season was how many players left the team. This year’s version of the Jets could be missing a total of (potentially) six regulars from last season.

Most of the core are still in place – Captain Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, newly extended Josh Morrissey, Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor plus starter Connor Hellebuyck. Questions remain if Dustin Byfuglien will return to the hockey club after leaving at the start of training camp.

There will be plenty of opportunities for players like Andrew Copp, Adam Lowry, Sami Niku, and Jack Roslovic to much an impact this season.

 

Winnipeg Jets Acquisitions and Moves

The team made one major trade this off season when they shipped disgruntled Defenceman Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers for Defenceman Neal Poink and a first round pick.

From a free agency standout, it was more about who left the team, then who signed on the dotted line. For a second straight year, the Jets recent trade deadline acquisition, left the team this summer when Kevin Hayes signed a massive deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. Gritty forward Brandon Tanev also found his way into the Metropolitan division when he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and seldom-used Par Lindholm inked a deal with the Bruins.

Of defence, aside from Trouba moving to the Rangers, Tyler Myers is now a member of the Canucks, and Ben Chiarot a Montreal Canadien. That’s three of the six regular defenceman the team had in the lineup last season.

The addition of Poink will help that situation, and the team added depth in forwards Mark Letestu and Gabriel Bourque, but both will have to fight for position on this roster.

Keep an eye of the free agent signing of Andrei Chibisov, who scored 20 goals in 50 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL last season. He’ll start the season in the American Hockey League but eventually could slide into a spot on the team’s top nine forward positions.

 

Winnipeg Jets 2019 NHL Schedule

The Jets will begin the season on Broadway October 3 facing former teammate Jacob Trouba, in a must watch for all Jets fans. The home opener is October 10 against the Minnesota Wild.

On October 26 in Regina, the Jets and Calgary Flames will take part in the Heritage Classic at Mosaic Stadium. The Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues make their first visit to Winnipeg just after Christmas on December 27.

The team will play 10 back-to-back games this season, with seven of them on the road. The longest home stand will be six games played between February 8-18, 2020. The busiest month of the season will be also be February, where the team plays 15 games in 29 nights.

 

Winnipeg Jets 2019 NHL Odds

Currently at Sports Interaction, the Jets points total is slated at 95.5 with the still lean to the under at -173. Can they win the Central division? Technically they can, but on the board they are listed as the fifth favourite to win it at +500.

2019/20 Central Division

Puckline
  • St. Louis Blues -115
  • Colorado Avalanche -103
  • Dallas Stars +1600
  • Winnipeg Jets +10000
  • Nashville Predators +10000
  • Minnesota Wild +10000

The Jets are also longshots to come out of the Western conference at +1100, and to win the Stanley Cup at +2200.

2019/20 Western Conference

Puckline
  • Vegas Golden Knights -227
  • Dallas Stars +180

 

Winnipeg Jets 2019 Season Prediction

There are simply too many questions on this team, and too many younger players will be pushed into bigger roles in this organization. If Head Coach Paul Maurice finds early team chemistry and he gets the kind of goaltender Connor Hellebuyck provided during his Vezina trophy finalist season of 2017-18, the Jets will sneak into the playoffs as a Wildcard team.

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