Columbus Blue Jackets Season Preview History
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 2011-12 SEASON PREVIEW:
The beginning of the 2010-2011 season for the Blue Jackets was remarkable, losing only five times. However it wouldn’t last, and a slump in the middle of the season turned into losing streaks that Columbus couldn’t shake. That stuck with the team this offseason as it made moves for a proven scorer and help for a blue line that proved to be its downfall.
That scorer, Jeff Carter, is the one piece the Blue Jackets have never had. The former Philadelphia Flyer first round draft pick scored knocked in 36 goals and 66 points overall, stats that would have helped Columbus take the next step in 2010-11. CBJ’s leading scorer last season, Rick Nash, is hoping that Carter is the center he’s been looking for to feed him the puck to increase the 32-goal tally he reached last year.
Columbus’ defense holds the second-biggest free agent offseason signing, James Wisniewski. The former Canadien and Islander was a controversial pick-up because many believe Columbus overpaid. However, it was Wisniewski’s offensive push, as well as his defense, that many believe justify his contract. His 23 assists would have ranked him sixth on the team last year.
Columbus Blue Jackets 2010-2011 NHL Preview:
The Columbus Blue Jackets have not given their fans much to cheer about since their inaugural season in 2000. In nine seasons, the team has made the postseason just once, in 2009, when they were quickly swept by the Detroit Red Wings. While Columbus has several talented goal scorers, their defense may keep them from making the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.
The offense is led by one of the most dynamic scorers in the NHL, Rick Nash. Although he led the team in goals and total points, with 33 and 67 respectively, he had very little help. This season he will be joined by Antoine Vermette and R.J. Umberger on the wing, so Columbus may have several more scoring options to turn to. The team's assist leader from a year ago, Kristian Huselius, is returning as well, and he has the potential to be one of the best offensive players in the league.
While the offense may have several potential superstars, the defense does not have a standout player. Mike Commodore, Jan Hejda and Grant Clitsome all have experience, but none have first line pedigree. A porous defense will make it tough for goaltender Steve Mason, who has the skills to be one of the top netminders in the NHL.
Columbus Blue Jackets 2009-2010 NHL Preview:
The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to reach higher heights in the 2009-2010 NHL season. The Blue Jackets finished 4th in the Central division, but still made the playoffs. Although Columbus' playoff visit was short because they got swept out by division rival, the Detroit Red Wings. The Blue Jackets head into the new season led by team captain Rick Nash, rookie Steve Mason and Head Coach Ken Hitchcock. Look for those three to get things rolling in Ohio and take the Blue Jackets deeper into the 2010 NHL playoffs.