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: Swift Current Bronocs defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Dillon Heatherington has appeared in 28 WHL games this season, posting one goal and six assists (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
This past July at the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ rookie camp things seemed a little bit different for defenseman Dillon Heatherington. Read more»
Photo: Forward Linden Vey started the 2014-15 season strong, with nine points through his first 18 games. Vey was traded in the offseason from the Los Angeles Kings to the Vancouver Canucks. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Welcome to the first edition of On the Rush for the 2014-15 season. For those unfamiliar, On the Rush focuses on prospects at various levels of competition who exceeded expectations or fell behind a bit in the past month.
Photo: Buffalo Sabres defensive prospect Rasmus Ristolainen is one of a handful of good prospects at that position. Ristolainen is a part of the prospect group ranked first in HF’s team rankings (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Hockey’s Future presents the top group of the 2014-15 Fall NHL team rankings. The teams are ranked by the overall quality of their prospect pool as voted on by the HF staff. For reference, the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF’s prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, in the Fall and Spring. Each team’s rank from the previous rankings is listed in parentheses.
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.