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NHL Season Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Sep 17th 2008 2:00PM by Matt Saler (author feed)
Filed under: Blue Jackets, NHL General
: Nikita Filatov, LW (draft pick), RJ Umberger, C (trade, Phi), Kristian Huselius, LW (UFA, Cal), Raffi Torres, LW (trade, Edm), Fedor Tyutin, D (trade, NYR), Christian Backman, D (trade, NYR), Mike Commodore, D (UFA, Ott)yyyyyyyyyyyyyvspace=”4″ hspace=”4″ border=”1″ align=”right” src=”http://www.blogcdn.com/nhl.fanhouse.com/media/2008/09/rick-nash.jpg” alt=”" />

Nikolai Zherdev, RW (trade, NYR), Dan Fritsche, C (trade, NYR), Gilbert Brule, C (trade, Edm), Ron Hainsey, D (UFA, Atl), Dick Tarnstrom, D (UFA, SEL), and Duvie Westcott, D (buy-out, KHL), Joakim Lindstrom (trade, Ana)

: The most obvious different between this year’s Blue Jackets and last year’s is personnel. As you can see above, there have been a number of changes to the Columbus roster. The question, of course, is what effect those changes will have on their place in the standings.

Of the acquistions, RJ Umberger and Kristian Huselius are the highest-profile. The Jackets are evidently counting on Umberger to take the #1 center spot for them between Huselius and Rick Nash. Umberger has not carried that kind of load as an NHL player, but it’s possible a linemate like Nash could put him over the hump on that one. Huselius has good offensive skills, but how he will fit in with Ken Hitchcock’s system remains to be seen. With the trade to New York of Nikolai Zherdev, the Jackets got rid of their resident petulent European, but in Huselius, they may have acquired another.Continue Reading


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