The 1979–80 Winnipeg Jets season was their eighth season and their first season in the National Hockey League.
Did not qualify.
NHL Amateur Draft
Reclaiming of Players: The 17 existing NHL teams were allowed to reclaim any rights to former WHA players they held. The four incoming franchises, however, were allowed to protect up to two goaltenders and two skaters, voiding their NHL rights. These players were considered "priority selections" in the expansion draft. Gordie Howe was one of two special cases (the other being Wayne Gretzky), as a gentlemen's agreement between the Hartford Whalers and the Detroit Red Wings, which held his rights, led to the Wings declining to reclaim Howe.
These are Winnipeg players whose NHL rights were reclaimed when the WHA merged with the NHL. This list is incomplete.