Names To Know: Zayne Parekh Is A Dynamic Scoring Defenseman That Will Go Early In 2024 NHL Draft
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by Will Chase
3d ago
Welcome to the 3rd installment of our "Names To Know," 2024 edition, a look-ahead at prospects who the Columbus Blue Jackets could select in the upcoming NHL Draft. Zayne Parekh, 6-foot, 181 lbs, is an 18-year-old defenseman from Canada who spent his second season in the OHL with the Saginaw Spirit. In his first season with the Spirit in 2022-23, Parekh scored 37 points (21 goals, 16 assists) in 50 games. Parekh scored nine points (six goals, three assists) in 11 playoff games. He spent three weeks out of the lineup last year due to injury and still broke the OHL's goa ..read more
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Names To Know: Zeev Buium Is One Of The Best Young Defenseman In NHL Draft
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by Will Chase
6d ago
Welcome to the 1st installment of our 'Names To Know,' 2024 edition, a look-ahead at prospects who the Columbus Blue Jackets could select in the upcoming NHL Draft. Last week, our Dan Dukart wrote about the top prospects and who could be of interest to the Blue Jackets. With the fourth pick in June's draft from Las Vegas, Columbus has a bevy of players to look at, and today, we look at Zeev Buium. Buium, 6-foot, 183 lbs, is an 18-year-old American defenseman who played for the University of Denver in 2023-24, scoring 50 points (11 goals, 39 assists) in 42 games. The Denver ..read more
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Names To Know: Artyom Levshunov Possesses Poise, Maturity, And An NHL-Ready Game
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by Dan Dukart
6d ago
Welcome to the second installment of our 'Names To Know' 2024 edition, a look-ahead at prospects who the Columbus Blue Jackets could select in the upcoming NHL Draft. Earlier today, our Will Chase profiled the first player in our series, defenseman Zeev Buium from the University of Denver. Now, a look at Michigan State University defender Artyom Levshunov. The 6'2", 208 lb. right-shot defenseman simply checks boxes. He's physical, imposing, calculated, and impactful. As the third-youngest player in the NCAA this season, he tallied an impressive 9-26-35 for the Spartans ..read more
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The History Of Four: What The Blue Jackets (And Others) Have Done With The 4th Selection In The NHL Draft
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by Ed Francis
1w ago
The results are in, and the Columbus Blue Jackets are owners of the fourth overall selection in June's NHL Draft. It's a spot that is both familiar and unfamiliar for the organization. Familiar because they've made the fourth overall selection three other times in franchise history — unfamiliar, because they haven't done so in over a decade. Here's a look at the history of the fourth overall selection in the draft over the last quarter century: The Blue Jackets Columbus' most recent fourth pick gave them Ryan Johansen, but it was all the way back in 2010. The player with the most goals from t ..read more
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Looking Back At Sergei Bobrovsky's Career: From Vezina's And Playoff Demons In Columbus To Conn Smythe Potential And More In Florida
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by Will Chase
2w ago
Good teams need a lot to go right. Playoff teams and Stanley Cup contenders need lots to go right, a little luck, and it never hurts to have a Hall of Fame caliber goaltender getting hot at the right time and backstopping the team through April, May, and June. The Columbus Blue Jackets have enjoyed limited success in its 23-year run on the ice in Central Ohio. A few key members come to mind as the highlight of the franchise's best era, which saw the team make the playoffs between 2016-20. More specifically, the 2019 playoffs when the Blue Jackets shocked the world and eliminated the Presidents ..read more
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What Have Recent NHL Drafts Taught Us About The Top Of The Draft?
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by Dan Dukart
2w ago
The Columbus Blue Jackets will discover their draft lottery fate tomorrow evening. What we know: the Blue Jackets will pick somewhere between first and sixth, and they have nearly a 2/3 chance of picking fifth or sixth and only a 9.5% chance of picking first. What we don't know: the quality of the player that will be selected. With that in mind, here are three lessons from recent NHL drafts: Generational Players Swing The Draft The 2021 and 2022 NHL Drafts were headlined by Owen Power and Juraj Slafkovsky. Both are nice prospects who have shown that they could be top-of-the-lineup players ..read more
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Ex-CBJ Edition: Guide To The 2023-24 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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by Will Chase
2w ago
The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't part of these Stanley Cup playoffs but several notable ex-Blue Jackets are partaking in a chance at the Stanley Cup. Sergei Bobrovsky Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports 2023-24 Stanley Cup Playoffs GP W L OTL SV% GAA   5 4 1 0 .896 2.78 How about Sergei Bobrovsky? After an amazing run with the Florida Panthers last year in which he began entering the conversation for Conn Smythe, and the Panthers fell in five games to the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final, Bob's Panthers are back and better than ever. Florida knocked out the Tampa Bay Lightn ..read more
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The Columbus Blue Jackets Lack Of Power Play Opportunities Is Due To Their Lack Of Threatening Talent
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by Dan Dukart
3w ago
Now that the 2023-24 NHL regular season has come to an end, it's a fair time to perform a post-mortem on the Columbus Blue Jackets.   The Blue Jackets finished 31st of 32 teams in power play opportunities, generating just 212 chances in 82 games. The club also finished 31st in overall power play success rate, at just 15.1%, and scored just 32 power goals.  It's obvious to say that having a successful power play is a surefire way to have a better chance of making the playoffs. Of the 19 teams to score 50 or more power-play goals, 13 made the playoffs, including each of the t ..read more
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Cole Sillinger Rebounded In A Big Way For The Blue Jackets In 2023-24
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by Will Chase
3w ago
Cole Sillinger was one of the few pleasant storylines from the 2023-24 Columbus Blue Jackets. After a tough sophomore season in which he scored just 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 2022-23, Sillinger bounced back this past season with a career-high 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists). The 19 helpers also set a career watermark. Sillinger is still only 20 years old and has three NHL seasons under his belt, with 220 career games to his credit. Does he feel like one of the veterans on the team now as he prepares for his fourth NHL season? "I don't think I'm an established veteran," Silling ..read more
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In A Similar Spot Today Versus A Year Ago, Will Next Year Be Different For Blue Jackets?
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by Will Chase
1M ago
The season is over, the Columbus Blue Jackets are focusing on next year, and we have a lot of off-season activity to look forward to in the meantime. First, we reflect on the 2023-24 season and what lies ahead for the club in the coming days, weeks, and months. The Blue Jackets coaches and players had their end-of-season media availability last week, and captain Boone Jenner had a lot of interesting things to say. Columbus finished 27-43-12 with 66 points and 29th in the NHL to secure the fourth-best odds of landing the first pick in the upcoming NHL draft lottery. Slightly better than th ..read more
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