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"CBJ"
Harrisburg, PA • United States • 20 Years Old • Male
Hello everybody in support of the Union Blue. It has been a busy summer for myself, hence for my inexistence of writing blogs for the hockey world to see. Now that things have calmed down personally, I am back and returning to the rink just like the team is. So, let us get caught up with the team, shall we?

Let us start with a flashback and reflection on the past before we talk about the present, and what is ahead for the organization as a whole.

At the past trade deadline, the Blue Jackets mortgaged their future for an all in push to advance deep into the postseason. Acquiring center Matt Duchene from the Ottawa Senators added the team a new top center with playoff experience and speed, at the cost of top prospects Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidson, as well as their first round draft pick. Winger Ryan Dzingel was also imported from the tanking Senators to bring the former Buckeye back to central Ohio, at the cost of winger Anthony Duclair and two second round draft picks. Defenseman Adam
Mcquaid was brought back to Columbus in a trade with the rebuilding New York Rangers for defenseman Julius Bergman, a fourth round pick, and a seventh round pick. Goalie Keith Kinkaid was added as additional goaltending depth from the New Jersey Devils for a 2022 fifth round draft pick.

The team brought in these players to join the battle alongside other expiring deals, including winger Artemi Panarin and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky as they were both looking to head out the door of Nationwide Arena. The team squeaked into the post-season to battle the President's Trophy winning Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After falling behind early in Game 1, the team came back to win that game and sweep the Bolts in four games in the best of seven series. In the second round against the Boston Bruins, they were ousted in five games by the B's.

The draft showed going all in means less futures, leaving the team with one draft pick in the third round and one in the seventh. The Jackets traded the third pick to the Florida Panthers to move down in the draft, but add extra draft picks. The Jackets wound up having two fourth round picks and a seventh round pick. The Jackets drafted defenseman Eric Hjorth from Sweeden; winger Dmitri Voronkov from Russia; and center Tyler Angle from the Ontario Hockey League (in order of draft selection).

With going all in for the playoff run, the rental players saw better potential elsewhere rather than staying with Columbus. Winger Artemi Panarin became the highest paid forward with signing a seven year contract with the New York Rangers. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky chased the cash with becoming the starting goaltender for the Florida Panthers. Center Matt Duchene joined the Nashville Predators to be their new number one center. Veteran Mark Letestu is taking is veteran leadership to join the young Winnipeg Jets. Goalie Keith Kinkaid is backing Carey Price in Montreal on a one year deal. Winger Ryan Dzingel took the cash to join the rising Carolina Hurricanes. President John Davidson returned to the New York Rangers to be their new team President of Hockey Operations.

Over the summer, the Blue Jackets added three new wingers to save the offensive depth that eroded in Gustav Nyqvist, Marko Dano, and Jakob Lilija. Nyqvist is on board for five seasons in Columbus, providing a scoring touch that the team lost a lot of at once. Gus stood out in his rookie season with the Detroit Red Wings, scoring nearly a goal a game in a short span. The deadline saw him shipped to the San Jose Sharks, and advancing to the Western Conference Finals, losing out to the eventual Cup Champion St. Louis Blues. This is Nyqvist's first training camp not in Detroit in his career, and is expected to join the team's top six in some capacity. Dano returns to Columbus on a one way, two way deal, to compete for a bottom six role with the club. Lilija also is part of the Swedish connection joining the Blue Jackets, but is on a one year, two way deal. Lilija is playing his first season in North America, and is hoping his time in Sweden last season will translate to the big club.

The team has bright spots to look forward to for this season, but a lot of concerns and question marks as the regular season approaches.

The biggest bright spot this team has going ahead is expectation. Last season, Columbus exceeded expectations with advancing to the second round for the first time in the club's 20 year history. The team has gone further than it has, and the goal is to continue to do so. The team had the stars and depth to achieve what they did, and they demonstrated that against the league's best team in the most unexpected way in the form of a four game sweep to Tampa Bay. The experience of last season should continue to go forward with the team.

Another bright spot in Columbus is the youth of the organization. The defensive group, according to CapFriendly, has an average age of 25.3 years old, with eight defenseman on the main roster. The eight defenseman CapFriendly lists include David Savard, Scott Harrington, Dean Kukan, Markus Nutivarra, Adam Clendenning, Ryan Murray, Seth Jones, and Zach Werenski. The group has experience in the postseason from their secondary defenders and the Calder Cup championships. The offensive is headlined by their young number one center, Pierre-Luc Dubois.

One other bright spot is the chemistry in the organization. The veteran core has been here to see everything evolve in Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno, Brandon Dubinsky, and David Savard. There is also chemistry in the team from the farm, including the Calder Cup champions in Josh Anderson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Zach Werenski, Markus Hannikanen, Dean Kukan, and Jonas
Korpisalo.

The final bright spot is the draft and development of the Kekalainen group. Kekalainen has been drafting for Columbus since the 2013 draft, and has brought in NHL player by NHL player year after year. In his first draft, he had five players join the organization and player professional games with the big club and with other NHL teams in Alex Wennberg; Kerby Rychel; Mark Dano; Dillon Heatherington; and Oliver Bjorkstrand. In 2014, they added Sonny Milano and Elvis Merzlikins; 2015 saw Zach Werenski, Gabriel Carlsson, Vladislav Gavrikov, and Markus Nutivarra; 2016 brought in Pierre-Luc Dubois; 2017 brought Alexandre Texier and Emil Bemstrom; and 2018 brought Liam Foudy and Veini Vehvilainen. The team's youth is on the roster and approaching arrival on the roster, bringing them success on every level.

With success comes doubt. The biggest question is how can the team replicate what was last season. The team lost organizational depth at every level from franchise scoring and drafting to leadership and goaltending between everyone lost over the offseason and the trade deadline. All the loses leaves an older core dwindling in a state of uncertainty into the new season. The stars left, but the underrated potential of the organization remains intact, but how whoever steps up remains in doubt for the whole season.

Another major question is the goaltending strength. The Jackets have their European young prospects attempting to break the mold in the NHL, and their lack of North American experience may cost the team the entire course of the season if it cannot be held as stellar to years past. And if one stands out, can they last and hold that number one spot for the whole season? At this point, the start seems to be locked in by Korpisalo, who is favored by the experience.

The final question is the coaching staff. Will Torts be able to hold on and withstand the season if everything continues to crumble and loses trust in the kids?

With all questions and doubts, here are my bold predictions of the 2019-2020 season for the Columbus Blue Jackets

1. Columbus will be in the Bottom 3 of the league standings. The team lost so much, and for as much I do not wish failure, it is hard to see any positives without the season starting. This may be my biggest wrong, but it is just so much expectation to see one organization have and next to nothing support it.

2. Seth Jones will win the Norris Trophy. It is his year and time to shine. He continues to grow and improve in every aspect of the game.

3. We will see a different starting goalie in Columbus. None of the active goalies on the roster will hold the starting position by the trade deadline.

4. Riley Nash will be moved. His time in Columbus has not worked out, and a new setting may be helpful for him. Additionally, his cap hit may help if it is no longer on the books.

5. Gabirel Carlsson will be a regular. Going with time to shine, the former first round pick will finally be on the roster.



My Projected/Predicted Lineup of the Blue Jackets for the 2019-2020 Opening Night Roster will be:

Gustav Nyqvist-- Pierre-Luc Dubois-- Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno--Alex Wennberg--Oliver Bjorkstrand
Boone Jenner--Alexandre Texier--Josh Anderson
Sonny Milano--Brandon Dubinsky--Riley Nash

Zach Werenski--Seth Jones
Ryan Murray--David Savard
Markus Nutivarra--Scott Harrington

Jonas Korpisalo
Elivs Merzlikins

Spares: D Gabriel Carlsson, D Dean Kukan, LW Markus Hannikanen


What are your thoughts?
Predictions?
Comments?


More to come...
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September 19, 2019 2:34 AM ET | Delete
i understand low expectations but there are some teams who are gonna really suck this year. un the east ottawa and detroit should be basement dwellers. not so sure about the west....
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01 #038; No. 12
01 #038; No. 12
02 CBJ- Opting to Forget October
02 CBJ- Opting to Forget October
02 CBJ: Thoughts on Change
03 CBJ: Potential Options
03 CBJ: Potential Options
03 CBJ: Potential Options
03 Game No. 13- Columbus Blue Jackets @ San Jose Sharks
05 Post-Game Recap No. 13- Big Win
05 Game No. 14- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Los Angeles Kings
06 Game No. 15- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Anaheim Ducks
06 Game No. 15- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Anaheim Ducks
06 Game No. 15- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Anaheim Ducks
07 CBJ Post-Game Recap- Game No. 14 (@LA) and Game No. 15: @ANA
07 CBJ Post-Game Recap- Game No. 14 (@LA) and Game No. 15: @ANA
07 CBJ: Catching Up With News
07 CBJ: Catching Up With News
11 Game No. 16- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Vancouver Canucks
12 CBJ Post Game Recap No. 16- Another Home Loss
13 CBJ- Catchup on the News
14 CBJ Game No. 18- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Arizona Coyotes
15 #038; No. 18
17 CBJ Game No. 19- Columbus Blue Jackets v. St. Louis BlueS
18 CBJ Post-Game No. 19- The Young Streak Continues
18 CBJ Post-Game No. 19- The Young Streak Continues
18 CBJ- Catch Up du jour
19 CBJ- Catchup No. 2
19 CBJ Game No. 20- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Ottawa Senators
19 CBJ Game No. 20- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Ottawa Senators
20 CBJ Game No. 21- Columbus Blue Jackets v Nashville Predators
20 CBJ Game No. 21- Columbus Blue Jackets v Nashville Predators
20 CBJ Game No. 21- Columbus Blue Jackets v Nashville Predators
20 CBJ Game No. 21- Columbus Blue Jackets v Nashville Predators
20 CBJ- New All Star Format and Thoughts
22 No. 21
22 CBJ- Bye Week and the Boom or Bust of It
22 CBJ- Injury Update
22 CBJ- Bye Week and the Boom or Bust of It
22 CBJ Game No. 22- Columbus Blue Jackets v. San Jose Sharks
22 CBJ Post-Game- No. 22
24 CBJ- Quarter Season Thoughts
25 CBJ Game No. 23- Columbus Blue Jackets v. New Jersey Devils
28 Rumor Blog
28 Rumor Blog
29 CBJ- Cross-Check Costs Columbus
30 #038; 25
30 #038; 25
30 CBJ- Johansen to Brooklyn??
04 CBJ-15 Things to Remember From 2015
05 CBJ- Rumor Chart UPDATED
05 CBJ Game No. 41- Minnesota Wild v. Columbus Blue Jackets
05 CBJ Post-Game No. 40- Capitalizing On Capitals
05 CBJ- Rumor Chart UPDATED
06 CBJ Post-Game No. 41- Wild End, Add to the Losses
06 CBJ- Catch Up to Start 2016
06 CBJ- Catch Up to Start 2016
06 CBJ- Catch Up to Start 2016
06 CBJ- Catch Up to Start 2016
06 CBJ- Catch Up to Start 2016
07 CBJ- New Year, New Blockbuster
07 CBJ- Kerby Rychel for Jonathan Drouin?
07 CBJ- Rumor Chart (Updated Following Day of Trades)
10 CBJ Post-Game No. 42/43- Home and Home Battle
10 CBJ Post-Game No. 42/43- Home and Home Battle
12 CBJ- Connuaton On Waivers
14 CBJ- Catchup (1/14/16)
15 CBJ-If the Season Ended Today
16 CBJ Game No. 46- Colorado Avalanche v. Columbus Blue Jackets
17 CBJ Post-Game No. 46- Late Push Helps
17 CBJ- Rumor Chart (1-17-16)
17 CBJ-Trade Rumors (1/17/16)
19 CBJ Game No. 47- Washington Capitals v Columbus Blue Jackets
20 CBJ Post-Game No. 47- Doubled Down
20 CBJ Post-Game No. 47- Doubled Down
21 CBJ Game No. 48- Calgary Flames @ Columbus Blue Jackets
21 CBJ- Future Top Defensive Pairs
21 CBJ- Other Young Defensemen
21 CBJ- Rumor Chart (1/21/16)
22 CBJ Post-Game No. 48- Bob Down, Team Out
23 CBJ Game No. 49- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Boston Bruins
25 CBJ Post-Game No. 49- B's Best Blue Jackets
25 CBJ Game No. 50- Montreal Canadiens v. Columbus Blue Jackets
26 CBJ Post-Game No. 50- Hat Trick Helps Home Team
26 CBJ Game No. 51: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Montreal Canadiens
26 CBJ Game No. 51: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Montreal Canadiens
27 CBJ Post-Game No. 51- Looking Up
27 CBJ Post-Game No. 51- Looking Up
30 CBJ- All Star Game Predictions
30 CBJ- Center of Attention
30 CBJ- All Star Game Predictions
31 CBJ- Second Half Predictions
01 CBJ- General Thoughts on All Star Game and My Predictions
02 CBJ- Rumor Chart (2/2/16)
02 CBJ- Thoughts on Dennis Wideman
02 CBJ Game No. 52- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Edmonton Oilers
03 CBJ Post-Game No. 52- Last Place
03 CBJ- Solution Out There?
04 CBJ Game No. 53- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Vancouver Canucks
06 CBJ Post-Game No. 54- Close Call In Calgary
07 CBJ- Playing With Parody
09 CBJ Game No. 55- New York Islanders v. Columbus Blue Jackets
09 CBJ- Rumor Chart (Updated: 2/9/16
09 CBJ- Looking Into Loui
10 CBJ Post-Game No. 55- Collapse in Columbus
11 CBJ Game No. 56- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Anaheim Ducks
12 CBJ- Murray Staying
12 CBJ Post-Game No. 56- Out of Basement
12 CBJ- Tyutin To Detroit??
13 CBJ- Jack Johnson Rumors
13 CBJ- Seth Jones and Contract
13 CBJ Game No. 57- Ottawa Senators v. Columbus Blue Jackets
14 CBJ- Defensive Help Out There
14 CBJ Post-Game No. 57- Another Win
15 CBJ- Who Could Go?
16 CBJ Game No. 58- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Boston Bruins
17 CBJ Post-Game No. 58- More Points, Even In Losses
18 CBJ- Rumor Chart (Updated: 2/18/2016)
18 CBJ- Last Season Repeats Itself
19 CBJ Game No. 49- Buffalo Sabers v. Columbus Blue Jackets
20 CBJ Post-Game No. 59- Blanked by Buffalo
20 NHL Trade Deadline Preview- Metropolitan Division
21 NHL Trade Deadline Preview Pt. 2- Atlantic Division
21 NHL Trade Deadline Preview Pt. 3- Central Division
22 NHL Trade Deadline Preview Pt. 4: Pacific Division
22 CBJ Game No. 60- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Boston Bruins
22 CBJ Game No. 60- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Boston Bruins
22 CBJ Game No. 60- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Boston Bruins
23 CBJ Post-Game No. 60- Win In Beantown
23 CBJ-Making A Case For An Outdoor Game In Central Ohio
23 CBJ Game No. 61- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Detroit Red Wings
25 CBJ Post-Game No. 61- Comeback Costs Columbus Extra Point
26 CBJ Post Game No. 61- Hatty Helps; Hurts Devils' Chances
26 CBJ- Falk On Waivers, And Somehow Clears
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26 CBJ- Falk On Waivers, And Somehow Clears
26 CBJ- Bankruptcy Battle Worsens
26 CBJ- Goalie Going Soon?? Look at the Depth
27 CBJ Game No. 63- Florida Panthers v. Columbus Blue Jackets
27 CBJ Game No. 63- Florida Panthers v. Columbus Blue Jackets
27 Columbus Trades Scott Hartnell to Nashville for Kevin Fiala
28 CBJ Post-Game No. 63- Hot Streak Continues via Comeback
28 CBJ- The Monkey Is Off The Captain's Back
28 CBJ- Rumor Chart
29 CBJ Game No. 64- Columbus Blue Jackets @ New York Rangers
29 My Reactions to Trades- Deadline and Before (Longest Blog Pd
29 CBJ- Rumor Chart(2/29/16) Final Time Before the Draft.Enjoy!
29 CBJ- Quiet Deadline, But Bridge Boooone
01 CBJ Post Game No. 64- So Close, Yet So Far
02 CBJ- On Fire In February
03 CBJ- Three Guys on Team North America
03 CBJ- 75% Through
04 CBJ Game No. 65- Edmonton Oilers v. Columbus Blue Jackets
05 CBJ Post-Game No. 65- Seesaw Battle for Young Guns of NHL
05 CBJ Game No. 66- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Philadelphia Flyers
06 CBJ Post-Game No. 66- Tired and Ticked
07 CBJ- What Would Jones' Contract Look Like?
08 CBJ Game No. 67- Detroit Red Wings v. Columbus Blue Jackets
09 CBJ Post-Game No. 67- What An Upset + Bobrovsky is Returning
10 CBJ- Healthier Equals Better (Injuries)
11 CBJ Game No. 68- Columbus Blue Jackets v Pittsburgh Penguins
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14 CBJ Post-Game No. 69- Blanked By Bolts; Tampa Sweeps Cbus
14 CBJ- Punch May Penalize Prout (But How Many Games??)
17 CBJ Game No. 70- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Detroit Red Wings
19 CBJ Post-Game No. 70- Wings Win Season Series
19 CBJ Game No. 71- Columbus Blue Jackets v. New Jersey Devils
20 CBJ Post-Game No. 71- Bjork Brings Back Win
20 CBJ Game No. 72- Columbus Blue Jackets @ New Jersey Devils
21 CBJ Post-Game No. 72- Devil Debuts Deflate Jackets
23 CBJ- Boll/Bellemare Incident Being Reviewed By League
23 CBJ Post-Game No. 73-Flying High Over Flyers via Comeback
26 #038; Prospects
26 Looking at the NCAA Ice Hockey Championships + Predictions
26 CBJ- Which Guy is Right for Columbus in 2016 NHL Draft
26 CBJ Post-Game No. 74- Canes Collect Points @ Cbus; Boll Gone
26 CBJ Game No. 75- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nashville Predators
27 CBJ Post-Game No. 75- Preyed On By Predators
28 CBJ Game No. 76- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Washington Capitals
30 CBJ- Russians Relocating? What Does This Mean For CBJ + NHL
30 CBJ Post-Game No. 76- Washington Wins Winningest Trophy
03 CBJ P5: Columbus Blue Jackets v. Pittsburgh Penguins
03 CBJ P5: Columbus Blue Jackets v. Pittsburgh Penguins
04 CBJ P6: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nashville Predators
04 CBJ P6: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nashville Predators
04 CBJ P6: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nashville Predators
04 CBJ- Cuts Continue (10-4-16)
05 CBJ Postgame No. 6: Overtime Continues Successful Preseason
05 CBJ- Cuts Continue (10/5/16)
05 CBJ Postgame No. 6: Overtime Continues Successful Preseason
06 CBJ P7: Columbus Blue Jackets v. Boston Bruins
06 CBJ P7: Columbus Blue Jackets v. Boston Bruins
06 CBJ P7: Columbus Blue Jackets v. Boston Bruins
06 CBJ P7: Columbus Blue Jackets v. Boston Bruins
08 CBJ P7: Slow Start Hurts Columbus in Preseason
08 CBJ P8: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Pittsburgh Penguins
12 NHL: Week of Retirement
12 CBJ: Contrast Between Two New Captains
12 NHL: What is Edmonton Doing?
12 CBJ: Savard Speculation
12 CBJ: Opening Night Rosters Set
12 CBJ: Opening Night Rosters Set
13 CBJ Game No. 1: Columbus Blue Jackets v. Boston Bruins
13 NHL: Predicting Standings- Who Makes and Misses Playoffs
13 NHL: Predicting Standings- Who Makes and Misses Playoffs
14 CBJ Post-Game No. 1: Underrated Rivalry; Comeback Loss
14 CBJ Post-Game No. 1: Underrated Rivalry; Comeback Loss
15 CBJ Game No. 2: Columbus Blue Jackets v. San Jose Sharks
17 CBJ Post-Game No. 2- West is Best
18 CBJ- Soupy Situation
19 CBJ- Notes from Around the League and the World
20 CBJ- Is Kekalainen on the Hot Seat?
21 CBJ Game No. 3- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Chicago Blackhawks
25 CBJ- Weekend of Wins; California Trip for Game Number Five
25 CBJ- Weekend of Wins; California Trip for Game Number Five
26 CBJ Post-Game No. 5: Kings Get Extra Point
27 CBJ Game No. 6: Columbus Blue Jackets @ San Jose Sharks
29 CBJ Game No. 7: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Anaheim Ducks
29 CBJ Post-Game No. 6- Power Outage; Sharks bite Blue Jackets
29 CBJ Post-Game No. 7- Strong Start Leads to Shutout; CBJ Win
29 CBJ Post-Game No. 7- Strong Start Leads to Shutout; CBJ Win
01 CBJ Game No. 8- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Dallas Stars
02 CBJ Post-Game No. 8- Up and Down, Jackets Get Extra Point
03 CBJ Happenings- Player Assignments
03 CBJ Happenings- Player Assignments
03 CBJ Happenings- Player Assignments
03 CBJ Happenings- Player Assignments
04 CBJ Game No. 9- Columbus Blue Jackets v Montreal Canadiens
05 CBJ Post-Game No 9- Double Digit Domination; 10-0 Win v Habs
05 CBJ Game No 10- Columbus Blue Jackets @ St. Louis Blues
06 CBJ Post-Game No. 10- Blue Jackets Get the Blues; OT Loss
07 CBJ- Seth Jones on IR with a Fractured Right Foot
07 CBJ- Seth Jones on IR with a Fractured Right Foot
08 CBJ- Can the Offense Keep Up?
09 CBJ Game No. 11- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Anaheim Ducks
10 CBJ Post-Game No. 11- Winning At Home
10 CBJ Game No. 12- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Boston Bruins
12 CBJ Post-Game No. 12- Fast and Furious Five: Unanswered Goal
14 CBJ Post Game Lucky No. 13- Home Domination Double Up
15 CBJ Game N. 14- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Washington Capitals
16 CBJ Post-Game No. 14- Comeback Columbus Costs Capitals Point
17 CBJ- Werenski for Calder
18 CBJ Game No. 15: Columbus Blue Jackets v. New York Rangers
19 CBJ Post-Game No. 15: Columbus Continues Streak
20 CBJ Game No. 16- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Washington Capitals
21 CBJ Post-Game No. 16- Final Minute Effort
21 CBJ Game No. 17- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Colorado Avalanche
21 CBJ Game No. 17- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Colorado Avalanche
22 CBJ Post-Game No. 17- One Point in Overtime
23 CBJ Game No. 18- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Calgary Flames
28 CBJ Update: The Thanksgiving Weekend
29 CBJ Game No. 21- Columbus Blue Jackets v Tampa Bay Lightning
29 CBJ Game No. 21- Columbus Blue Jackets v Tampa Bay Lightning
30 CBJ Post-Game No. 21- Hartnell and Sons