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Offseason News - Columbus Blue Jackets

2017-10-18

After coming up just short against the Colorado Avalanche in the Toro Finals, Columbus approached the off-season with 2 objectives.

Get younger – It’s no secret that GMs across the league increasingly value youth and that Columbus is generally skates one of the older teams in the BFHA. A trio of players 24 years or under in Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask, and rookie Conor Sheary are expected to make significant offensive contributions this upcoming season.

Nathan Bastian and Yaroslav Dyblenko were selected in the Entry Draft. Management didn’t seem too interested in trying to acquire picks to be more active in the draft and focused rather on dealing two 30-somethings in Ryan Suter and Zach Parise for a quartet of youngsters who should have solid NHL futures in Yakob Trenin, Brock McGinn, Zachary Senyshyn, and Noah Juulsen.

Get deeper – Entering the offseason, there were simply a lot of roster spots to fill. The primary focus was on strengthening the blueline and addressed by signing Dennis Seidenberg and Brian Campbell.  Marcus Sorensen was signed to a 1-way deal in a move that may have surprised a few around the league but isn’t a BFHA team with a stronger Swedish influence in the locker room. Mike McKenna was signed to serve as back-up once again and AHL contracts were inked with a slew of players unlikely to ever see the pro team. Carl Hagelin was acquired in a cash deal from the rival Islanders. Hagelin is expected to eat some of the top 9 minutes and fill a defensive role that was lost with Travis Zajac leaving in free agency.

Rumors – The roller coaster ride that was Alex Ovechkin’s return to Columbus last season is still fresh in minds of many. Previous indications that star power was going to be dealt raised some question about Ovechkin’s future with the team but as of now it appears the franchise goal scorer remains leading the charge up front for the Jackets. Noah Juulsen’s name has recently surfaced as being tied to trade talks that would potentially bring another key contributor to the pro roster.