Columbus Blue Jackets
Stanley Cups: 0
Conference titles: 0
Division titles: 0
Presidents Trophy: 0
Coach: Brad Larsen
Arena: Nationwide Arena, 18,500 spectators
After the dismissal of Todd Richards midway through the 2015/16 season, everything seemed to indicate that John tortorella had a long work ahead to put together a winning team. Beyond reality, in its first full year came the first of four seasons in which the Blue Jackets would be classified for playoffs.
But if one thing has become clear during his tour of Columbus, it is that The end does not always justify the means. Several players have surrendered far below their level, giving sensations of being literally fed up of the demands and defensive and fighting system of Tortorella to such an extent that the punishments have been lived in full swing.
A template released of the previous corseted system, although Larsen is not an option very far from Tortorella, with the arrival of several pieces such as Jakub Voraçek, Sean Kuraly, Adam boqvist and Jake Bean, plus the rise of rookies as one of the proper names of the preseason: Yegor Chinakov. The Russian is called to lead the future of the team from Columbus with Foudy, Peeke, Marchenko and goalkeeper Tarasov. Another player who is surprising on campus is Tyler angle that could find a niche in the locker room. With these arrivals and departures of Cam Atkinson and Seth Jones, Larsen has a major challenge to rebuild a project that died in the first round year after year.
—> High: Jakub Voracek (RW), Adam Boqvist (D), Jake Bean (D), Sean Curaly (C).
<--- Casualties: Seth Jones (R), Michael Del Zotto (R), Zac Dalpe (C), Cam Atkinson (RW), Ryan MacInnis (C), Steffan Matteau (C), Adam Clendening (R), David Savar (D).
The renewal of Elvis merzlikins it’s some of the best news for the future of the Ohio team. A season in which, once again, he has alternated goal with Joonas korpisalo and has been able to show that it is more than ready to assume ownership With a balance of games, more towards 80-20 than 50-50, which has been carried out in recent seasons in Columbus under sticks. The explosion of one (Merzlikins) and the stagnation from another (Korpisalo), it should serve to start the season with the position of G1 and G2 very marked.
Korpisalo surprised everyone with playoffs two seasons ago, in which he showed a performance that he has shown on rare occasions after those great weeks he had. On the contrary, Elvis is in a ascending line performance and has the support of both the franchise and the fans.
One of the main focuses will fall on Zach Werenski. After the departure of Jones and the ostentatious renovation of the American defense, it will analyze how the formation evolves blueliner in Columbus. Along with him, Larsen will surely line up the newcomer in the Jones transfer, Adam boqvist. A great offensive weapon starting from behind and that will contribute a lot in Power Play.
Gavrikov, who is facing his third year and with a great opportunity to gain responsibility behind him, will be paired with Andrew Peeke, which after two seasons gradually entering the calls, is ready to give the quality jump. And to top it off top six defensive, Dean kukan, which, it seems, has stayed halfway, and the newcomer from Carolina Jake bean They will be in charge of playing the minutes on the third line.
Boqvist’s performance will mark the team defensive rhythm. The key piece, the mainstay of the defense and the leader in locker room it must be, without a doubt, Werenski. Everything that is not hoarding responsibilities and headlines, will point to a lack of leadership in the first place. Luckily, the Michigan-born player seems more than ready to take on the challenge.
Zach Werenski – Adam Boqvist
Vladislav Gavrikov – Andrew Peeke
Jake Bean – Dean Kukan
The great unknown from Patrik laine, it is not for its quality but for performance and involvement. This is where it all begins in Columbus. The Finn seems to have regained illusion and, most importantly, the confidence of the team. Let’s not forget that Laine is a player who can average 40 goals per season if it performs according to its level. A offensive tool for Power Play and five against five very interesting.
Another that seems to have dispelled doubts is Max Domi. «Super max» finished well below their numbers and their usual incidence during the past season. He did not have the opportunity to play freely and create that anarchic swing that gave Montreal such good results. The Canadian comes from a long injury but it is already showing in preseason that it maintains the scorer nose.
The return of the prodigal-red-haired son Voraçek should give a plus veteran and knowing how to be vital to the short-term interests of the Blue Jackets. The ex-Flyer still has a lot of hockey on his skates and can create a great partnership with Laine. its large capacity assistant It may be a offensive bomb both in equality and in superiority.
In addition, the squad has great players in the position of center (Sillinger, Kuraly and Texier) that should cover well the four lines next to the Nyquist, Bjorkstrand and company in the wings, where we meet great mayors and generous workers for the team. Of all of them, the expected explosion of Texier should happen yes or yes this season, since many hopes are placed on him and they will give him, a priori, many minutes. Especially at the beginning of the season, where everything is more flexible and synergies and synergies between players need to be created.
As in any franchise called to live in the middle of the table, the initial part of the season will be crucial for set short-term goals and see if they can achieve objectives more or less ambitious. Between this tangle of identity, Chinakov arrives with a lot hype and wanting to be important from the first moment. The Kaprizov rampage will be hard to match, but the Russian is willing to hit the table on the first day. We’ll see how Larsen fits all his pieces together to create the best offense possible in these new Columbus. Blue Jackets.
Patrik laine – Cole Sillinger – Jakub Voracek
Gustav Nyquist – Jack Roslovic – Max Domi
Boone Jenner – Alexandre Texier – Oliver Borkstrand
Eric Robinson – Sean Kuraly – Yegor Chinakov
Wins / Losses in the last 5 seasons