Photo: Although Blake Siebenaler’s eight points in 19 games is below his normal pace, his plus-8 rating is the best plus/minus statistic he has posted in his OHL career. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
There are a number of Columbus Blue Jackets prospects off to fast starts in junior hockey. Among them, Paul Bittner is trying to adjust to life without fellow Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand in Portland. Kole Sherwood is an underrated addition to the London Knights lineup, and Olivier LeBlanc is an exciting prospect plying his trade in Cape Breton. Read more»
Photo: Michael Paliotta graduated to professional hockey this season after a stellar senior year with the University of Vermont. (Courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
It has been a disastrous beginning for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who started the season without a win through their first seven games before dismissing Head Coach Todd Richards in favor of John Tortorella. Changes to the personnel also happened, as the team shifted bodies around to try and get out of the predicament. Read more»
Photo: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Pierre-Luc Dubois (L) is one of the more prominent 2016 prospects playing in the QMJHL in 2015-16, while Blainville-Boisbriand Armada goaltender and Florida Panthers prospect Samuel Montembeault (R) is a 2015 pick who should play a prominent role for his club this season (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images and Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The QMJHL will be hard-pressed to provide its fans with more excitement than the seven-game series between the Quebec Remparts and Rimouski Oceanic did last season. Although those teams may not find themselves in quite as good a position to entertain in 2015-16, other squads are poised to supplant them at the top of the standings—and many of the league’s best players are back for an encore. Read more»
Photo: Forward Julien Pelletier has had difficulty being offensively consistent this season, and went through long cold streaks in October and November. Pelletier is a fourth round pick from the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)
The Columbus Blue Jackets have a good mix of high-end offensive talent and grinders competing in the CHL. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Sonny Milano lead the finesse forwards with high ceilings, while Blake Siebenaler heads a group of defenders that love jumping in on the rush.
Photo: Michael Chaput is one of four rookies to start the 2014-15 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Chaput spent the previous two seasons playing for the Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. (courtesy of Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Columbus Blue Jackets have a well-rounded system. Although Alexander Wennberg and Marko Dano will likely graduate from their prospect status after opening the 2014-15 season in the NHL, Columbus concentrated on reinforcing its pool of young talent in the 2014 NHL Draft. From sizable, gritty players to smooth skating, offensive-minded skaters, the Blue Jackets have a good amount of depth throughout. They also have plenty of competition among their prospects in net.