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  • Blue Jackets' Adam Fantilli: Two helpers in preseason debut

    Fantilli collected two assists, one shorthanded, in a 4-3 overtime win over the Penguins in preseason action Sunday. Beginning the split-squad game on a line with Patrik Laine and Alexandre Texier, Fantilli made an immediate impact in the Blue Jackets' lineup. His first helper came early in the first period after Texier slid home the rebound on a Fantilli shot, while his second highlighted both his skill and his compete level. The third overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft pounced on a loose puck in the second frame with the Jackets down a man, drew a defender to him in the Penguins' zone and then dropped a backhand pass to a wide-open Carson Meyer in the slot for Columbus' third goal of the night. The fact that new head coach Pascal Vincent is already giving Fantilli a look on the penalty kill is very encouraging for his potential usage as a rookie, and the 18-year-old seems headed for a top-six role with a strong training camp.
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  • Blue Jackets' Adam Fantilli: Shines at Traverse City

    Fantilli scored seven points in two contests during the Traverse City Prospect Tournament and led all skaters with 15 shots on goal while playing a physical, NHL-ready two-way game, Max Bultman of The Athletic reports. The third overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft was the standout for a deep group of Columbus prospects at the tournament. Fantilli could step right into a top-six role this season for the Blue Jackets, and while he doesn't have the upside or redraft appeal of Chicago's Connor Bedard, the 18-year-old Fantilli could still make a fantasy impact right out of the gate if he sees consistent ice time with wingers like Johnny Gaudreau and Patrik Laine (triceps).
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