|Rick Nash (AP)|
Rick Nash was the best player the Blue Jackets ever had and they were never able to surround him with a team that could get him anywhere. This one is no different. Jakub Voracek was sent to Philadelphia, along with the No. 8 overall pick in 2011, for Jeff Carter who never even made it through one season in Columbus before being shipped to Los Angeles for Jack Johnson.
For a team that picks near the top of the draft every year there isn’t much depth here. I’m trying to keep these rosters to players that are still in the NHL, but it’s slim pickings at this point so I added Nik Zherdev because, man, this team needs somebody -- anybody -- that can score. He spent last season playing in the KHL after spending the 2010-11 season in Philadelphia.
I really like Derek Dorsett, mainly because I don’t have to actually play against him. He’s a pest, and a good one, but he’s also fearless and provided one of my favorite highlights of the 2011-12 season when he attempted to fight Chicago’s John Scott.
Forward scratch: Jared Boll
Klesla was Columbus’ very first draft pick and he’s been a steady, stay-at-home defenseman. He was traded to Phoenix in the last year of his contract for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepisto. Kris Russel was traded this past season for Nikita Nikitin. It might have been the best move general manager Scott Howson made in … well, quite a while.
John Moore was the 21st overall pick in 2009 and had his first real taste of NHL action this past season, appearing in 69 games and producing seven points. Marc Methot played some tough minutes for the Blue Jackets but was traded to Ottawa this summer for Nick Foligno.
Defensive scratch: Grant Clitsome
There was so much hope for Steve Mason after his first 30 games in the NHL, but it’s been all downhill since then.