Let’s Talk About the Columbus Blue Jackets2 min read
The regular season is going to be reaching it’s halfway point in about a month or so and the Blue Jackets are still winning. Yes, the Columbus Blue Jackets. Arguably the most irrelevant franchise/city in professional hockey is 4th in the entire league with 4 in hand and in the midst of an 8 game winning streak. For as long as I have been alive, this organization has been the definition of mediocre. In 2009 they did reach the Quarter Finals, but they were coached by Ken Hitchcock so they may as well have never even made the playoffs. Anyways, coming off of a disappointing season in 2016, per usual, the Blue Jackets are seemingly a legitimate Cup contender. As I look at the roster, I see a pretty solid bunch, I’m not going to lie. First of all, I think the Blue Jackets hit the jackpot with the Brandon Saad signing a couple of years ago. As a Hawks fan, I was devastated to see him go, but I saw a silver lining in him going to the Blue Jackets: He would never play for a good team as long as he was there. Wrong. The guy can score…a lot. He should be part of this core for years if the Columbus front office has even the slightest clue of what they’re doing. Additionally, the two young guys that I absolutely LOVE on this team are Seth Jones and Zach Werenski. At ages 22 and 19 respectively, these two will be absolutely dominant on the Columbus blue line for years to come. I was always puzzled by the Ryan Johansen-Seth Jones swap. I had always seen Seth Jones as a future superstar, and Ryan Johansen is just kind of okay. Clearly Columbus won this trade, but hindsight is 20/20. Between the pipes they’ve got Sergei Bobrovsky. Historically, he has been a solid tender, and he even has a Vezina to his name, but so far he has been putting up career numbers, allowing 1.90 goals per game and posting a SV% of .935. If he keeps this up, watch out. Seriously. The one thing I don’t like about this team is John Tortorella. Good ol’ Torts. He is a pretty mediocre coach, and not to mention a huge douche. A team is only as good as their coach, so if these boys want to achieve any playoff success, Torts is going to have be as sharp as ever while trying not to get fired in the process. In the end, the NHL regular season is very deceiving, not to mention the playoffs are an entirely different season, but this Blue Jackets team is special, that’s for sure. 2016 has been a pretty great year for Ohio sports, so maybe this is the Blue Jackets’ year. But if I know anything about the Blue Jackets, it probably isn’t.