Despite a horrendous start to the 2015-16 campaign that the team simply couldn’t recover from, a number of young players received quality playing time with the Blue Jackets this season and get to continue their seasons now. It might be hard to hear for a fanbase that was expecting playoffs this season, but a bright future in Cleveland means good things for the Columbus Blue Jackets. A deep playoff run builds crucial experience for young players and instills winning habits. But beyond the pro level, the organization has had impressive prospect performances at both the junior and amateur level, as well as overseas.
The Columbus Blue Jackets may have had a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, but there is plenty of organizational depth in the system in terms of prospects. It’s not as though the team is due for another few years of rebuilding either. General Manager Jarmo Kekäläinen is committed to building a winner and he showed that last summer by trading for budding star Brandon Saad. Read more»
What was supposed to be a promising, playoff-bound season for the Columbus Blue Jackets turned into a disappointing, tumultuous year. Once pegged as the franchise’s star center, Ryan Johansen was dealt to the Nashville Predators in a swap for Seth Jones and the team exercised a goaltending carousel of Sergei Bobrovsky, Curtis McElhinney and rookie Joonas Korpisalo. Oh, and Todd Richards was fired in the first month of the season and his replacement was the much-maligned John Tortorella. Read more»
A little over a month ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets AHL affiliate was mired in mediocrity. The first year of the Lake Erie M0nsters’ affiliation with the Jackets, while working well logistically, wasn’t producing a winning product in the NHL or AHL. But save for the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Monsters have been one of the best teams in the AHL over the past 30 days. Read more»
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»