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Blue Jackets' Guillaume Richard: Providence commit joins Columbus
Richard was drafted 101st overall by the Blue Jackets at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
Richard turned down multiple offers to play in the QMJHL, instead preferring to retain his collegiate eligibility and head to Providence College, where he will arrive this fall. Richard is a big kid (6-foot-2) with a good set of wheels. His play in his own zone is quite advanced for such a young player. It's easy to envision Richard as a stay-at-home, penalty killer at the NHL level with just minimal improvements to his game. The big question concerns how much offense he will bring to the table. Some scouts feel there is a bit more potential in that area than what we have seen thus far, but Richard managed just two goals and 16 points in 42 USHL games this past season.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Stanislav Svozil: Goes off draft board at 69
Svozil was drafted 69th overall by the Blue Jackets at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
You must dig far deeper than the numbers to recognize what type of season Svozil had last year. All told, between his club team in Brno (Czech Republic) and his time at the World Juniors and World U18's, Svozil had one goal and five points in 40 games. It might look ugly on the surface, but scouts were thrilled with Svozil's efforts at all three stops. He displayed strong hockey sense, underrated offensive abilities, and a willingness to stick up for his teammates. It's not out of the realm of possibility that Svozil may have been able to play his way into Round 1 if there was a full Canadian junior season and he had decided to come over. Expect Columbus to try to steer Svozil to Regina, which owns his CHL rights, for this coming season.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Jakub Voracek: Heads back to roots in trade
Voracek has been traded to the Blue Jackets from the Flyers in exchange for Cam Atkinson, reports Sportsnet.ca.
It's a hockey deal, with Atkinson headed east to the Flyers. Voracek has had a long and productive career in orange and black, including 43 points in 53 games in his 10th year there. But Columbus was his first NHL home -- he was drafted seventh overall by the Blue Jackets in 2007 and spent his first three season in Ohio. Voracek brings a playmaking flair to the Jackets and will be expected to be a top-six leader with the many changes they've made this offseason. He has three years left on his current deal at a cap hit of $8.25 million in each season.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Corson Ceulemans: High-upside D goes 25th overall
Ceulemans was drafted 25th overall by the Blue Jackets at the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday.
Ceulemans is the best Jr. A player in the draft and has real potential. But don't buy into the Cale Makar comps. Even if they both played for the Brooks Bandits. Yes, Ceulemans skates well. And yes, he has a great shot. And sure, he's an aggressive rusher. But he's raw and Ceuleman's aggression can put him in the wrong spot defensively. This could simply be the product of youth -- he just turned 18 in May, so his inconsistency could be just as easily viewed as upside or potential. Ceuleman has elite tools. If the Blue Jackets give him time to develop, he could end up being more than a mobile top-four defender with second PP upside. He's off to Wisconsin for the next few years, so he's a long-term project.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Cole Sillinger: Shooter picked 11th at 2021 draft
Sillinger was drafted 11th overall by the Blue Jackets at the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday.
Sillinger's shot is among the best in the draft and his work ethic is off the charts. He's strong on the wall and works his tail off to win back lost pucks. Sillinger's skating isn't perfect, but Bo Horvat's isn't either. And that's a decent comp for Sillinger if he fulfills his upside. He can be a consistent 30-goal guy in the NHL while playing in Columbus' top six some day. He's a solid steal here for the Jackets.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Taken fifth at 2021 NHL Draft
Johnson was drafted fifth overall by the Blue Jackets at the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday.
Johnson is this draft's highlight reel -- he has the best hands and skills of 2021 and had been described many times over as an artist with the puck. He's almost Patrick Kane-flashy with the puck. Johnson makes plays at speed and threads passes to teammates with an uncanny eye. The word "slippery" comes to mind, and with his size -- 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds -- he needs that. But Elias Pettersson has become a star with a similar body type (and skill), so anything is possible. Johnson is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy pick who should bring much-needed scoring to Columbus.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Jake Bean: Shipped to Columbus
Bean was dealt from the Hurricanes to the Blue Jackets in exchange for a second-round pick Friday, Sportnet's Elliotte Friedman reports.
It's a quality addition for Columbus. Bean was exposed by Carolina in the expansion draft earlier this week, but the Kraken elected to grab forward Morgan Geekie instead. Now the Hurricanes pick up a draft pick, while the Jackets add a player who can be reasonably projected to fill a top-four defensive role as early as next season. Bean has displayed a bunch of offensive ability throughout his minor-league career and should get a chance to play heavy minutes for a Columbus team that is clearly embracing a youth movement.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Adam Boqvist: Dealt to Blue Jackets
Boqvist (wrist) was traded from Chicago to Columbus along with draft picks in exchange for Seth Jones on Friday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Boqvist suffered a broken wrist in late April after tallying two goals and 16 points through 35 games. Drafted eighth overall in 2018, the blueliner will turn 21 in August and should be ready for training camp assuming he hasn't suffered any setbacks in his recovery. Boqvist will likely see a top-four role with the Blue Jackets and should be featured on the power play.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Max Domi: Could be ready before December
Per general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, the latest Domi (shoulder) will be out is early December, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Domi is still recovering from the shoulder surgery he underwent in early June, but it sounds like he should only miss a few weeks of regular-season action once the 2021-22 campaign gets underway. The 26-year-old forward will be looking to bounce back after totaling just nine goals and 24 points through 54 contests last season.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Cameron Johnson: Signs one-year deal
Johnson signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets on Thursday, per PuckPedia.
The 27-year-old goalie spent some time on the taxi squad last season, but he did not appear in an NHL game. He had a 1.77 GAA and a .941 save percentage with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Johnson is unlikely to get a chance at the NHL level in 2021-22, but he could compete for playing time with AHL Cleveland.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Kevin Stenlund: Re-signs with Columbus
Stenlund signed a one-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Stenlund was a solid rotational bottom-six option for Columbus this season, picking up five goals, 10 points and 42 shots on net through 32 contests. The 24-year-old pivot will likely continue to have limited offensive upside due to his limited role in 2021-22, so he won't be an attractive fantasy option in most formats.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Gregory Hofmann: Grabs one-year deal
Hofmann secured a one-year, $900,000 contract with Columbus on Monday, CapFriendly reports.
Hofmann was selected by the Hurricanes in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Draft but has never left his native Switzerland. It appears the 28-year-old winger is finally prepared to leave home and make the jump to the NHL next year. In 12 seasons in the NLA, Hofmann has logged 485 games, recording 165 goals and 159 assists, adding another 61 points in 105 postseason contests.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Samuel Knazko: Inks entry-level deal
Knazko penned a three-year, entry-level contract with Columbus on Wednesday.
Knazko -- who was selected by the Jackets in the third round of the 2020 NHL Draft -- is set to make the jump to the professional ranks with Finnish club TPS next season, having spent the past three years playing in their youth system. The 18-year-old blueliner is likely 2-3 seasons away from getting a chance to break into an NHL game, which makes him a non-factor in re-draft formats, though he may be worth stashing in dynasty leagues.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Max Domi: Shoulder surgery completed
Domi underwent successful right shoulder surgery Thursday and is facing a 5-6 month recovery.
Even if Domi is cleared to play in the shorter five-month timeframe, he'll still miss the first month of the 2021-22 campaign. In 54 appearances this year, the 26-year-old center generated just nine goals and 15 assists, the lowest point total of his six-year NHL career, in addition to logging his lowest ice time per game (15:13). Having traded away Pierre-Luc Dubois, the Jackets are extremely thin at the center position and will likely have to bring in reinforcements during the offseason. Once the season starts, Domi figures to be placed on long-term injured reserve in order to give the club some relief from his $5.3 million cap hit.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Seth Jones: Hands out three helpers
Jones distributed three assists and had two shots in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over Detroit. He also had two blocks and a plus-3 rating.
Jones enjoyed his first three-point game of the year, figuring in on goals by Cam Atkinson, Jack Roslovic and Max Domi. It was a nice bounce-back after Jones' minus-3 performance one night earlier in a 5-2 loss to the Red Wings. Jones has five goals and 28 points with 26 PIM in 56 games this season, albeit with a minus-18 rating that's on track to be his worst since he was a rookie in 2013-14.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Jack Roslovic: Pots key third-period goal
Roslovic scored a goal on three shots and added two hits Saturday in a 5-4 overtime win over Detroit.
Roslovic picked the corner from the right faceoff dot to give the Blue Jackets a 4-3 lead with 5:15 left in the third period. It was Roslovic's 12th goal of the year and gave him four points in his last four contests.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Eric Robinson: Sets new career high for goals
Robinson registered a short-handed goal and an assist with four shots in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over Detroit.
Robinson gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 lead 6:43 into the third period, connecting on a one-timer from the left circle while Columbus was shorthanded. It was the eighth goal of the year for Robinson, eclipsing the seven he tallied in 2019-20, his first full NHL season. Robinson also assisted on Oliver Bjorkstrand's second-period goal for his second multi-point game in his last seven contests.... See More ... See Less
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