Winnipeg is going to need more hats with all these Jets hat tricks

Posted by David Minuk in Columns,Winnipeg Jets on February 15, 2017 — No Comments

2011-12: 0, 2012-13: 0, 2013-14: 0

It was well documented for the first three seasons that this Jets team couldn’t get a hat trick.  Many guys came close but it seemed like it would never happen.

2014-15: 2

It wasn’t until year four of this re-born franchise that Bryan Little scored the first Jets hat trick back on December 5th, 2014 against the Colorado Avalanche.  Later that same season Mathieu Perreault actually had a four goal game against the Florida Panthers. (Of course poor Gail McDonald was one goal short of winning one million dollars from a Safeway contest).

2015-16: 2

The following season would see another two players add hat tricks for this franchise as Nikolaj Ehlers put in three on January 26th, 2016 against the Coyotes and then Mark Scheifele also scored three on March 5th, 2016 against the Montreal Canadiens.

2016-17: 3

Which brings us to the present.  Remarkably Jets super rookie Patrik Laine has all three hat tricks for the Jets this season, two of which came against the Dallas Stars and one against fellow super rookie Auston Matthews and his Toronto Maple Leafs.

Photo Credit: Rodney Braun

Laine has joined elite company becoming the first rookie in the NHL to score three hat tricks in a season since fellow Finn Teemu Selanne (5) and Eric Lindros (3) accomplished this feat back in 1992-93.

Interestingly all seven of the Jets hat tricks have happened at home which ties into the headline that folks around these parts are going to need to buy some more hats.  Of course if you’re wondering what happens to the hat trick hats….