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Oct 28, 2020
2019-20 Player Review: Boone Jenner needs a new role

2019-20 Player Review: Boone Jenner needs a new role

Photo by Elsa/ Jenner was miscast as a top 6 center Time has no meaning in 2020, but nonetheless it doesn’t feel like that long ago that Boone Jenner broke out as a rookie in 2013-14, scoring 16 goals, earning his way into a top six role, and then adding another three goals in the postseason. Two years later, he scored 30 goals in an otherwise disappointing season for the team, cementing his status as a top six power winger. Over the last two seasons, due to an injury to Brandon Dubinsky and ineffective play from Alexander Wennberg, Jenner was moved to center. His faceoff numbers have...
Oct 27, 2020

The Cannon Cast Episode 89: Return to play, Metro Division, a new (retro) CBJ sweater?

Is retro in? With the NHL trying to nail down return to play, we talk about the impact that has on the Blue Jackets for next season. And speaking of next season, the 20th anniversary of the Blue Jackets is nearly upon us! On this week’s episode of The Cannon Cast we get into: The latest with the NHL’s return to play? A new Blue Jackets look? A return to retro? and much more! You can check out PD’s Cannon Blasts for more regarding return to play and the latest moves and updates around the Metropolitan Division. "Nobody is going to want to see the @BlueJacketsNHL in the...
Oct 26, 2020
Cannon Blasts: How Blue Jackets fans and fans across the Metro Division react to the offseason

Cannon Blasts: How Blue Jackets fans and fans across the Metro Division react to the offseason

Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via That and more of this week’s links This is SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NHL. Each week, SB Nation sends out questions to the most plugged-in Blue Jackets fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. This week we have results from a recent survey of SB Nation NHL readers, which asked them to grade their respective teams’ drafts and overall offseason so far. Today we’ll look at what you said about the Blue Jackets, and what the other teams in our division have done. For the Blue Jackets, it appears the...
Oct 22, 2020
Possible outcomes for Yegor Chinakhov, based on NHL draft history

Possible outcomes for Yegor Chinakhov, based on NHL draft history

Filly don’t do favorable comparisons | Photo by Bruce Bennett/ What have other first round Russians and #21 picks accomplished in the NHL? The Columbus Blue Jackets pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the 2020 NHL Draft by selecting overaged Russian winger Yegor Chinakhov, a player who went undrafted in 2019 and was off the radar for most analysts. Apparently a handful of other teams had him high on their boards, though it’s not clear whether any would have pulled the trigger in the 20s had the Jackets traded down. Setting aside discussion of the value of the pick, I wanted to...
Oct 21, 2020
2019-20 Player Review: Cam Atkinson must be better

2019-20 Player Review: Cam Atkinson must be better

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports It looks like Cam Atkinson missed Artemi Panarin. Quite a bit. Cam Atkinson might have been the singular soul that really felt the burden of trying to create offense for the Blue Jackets last season. I mean, everyone as a team, probably. But when you’re paid to snipe and score, you better do it, and Atkinson had troubles all season. Fresh off a career-year in which he scored 69 points (nice) and 41 goals, his 2019-20 campaign only saw him pot 12 goals in 44 games. While also struggling to just find the net, he also missed a significant time with a...
Oct 20, 2020
2019-20 Player Review: Gustav Nyquist found his niche with the CBJ

2019-20 Player Review: Gustav Nyquist found his niche with the CBJ

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via How Swede it is to have him on the team. Gustav Nyquist came to the Blue Jackets at a time he was sorely needed - after some key departures from the team at the end of the 2018-19 season, nabbing him from a lackluster San Jose Sharks team felt like a mutually beneficial move for all parties involved. Plus, he got to return to the Midwest after he spent his first seven NHL seasons in Detroit. He fit like a glove right away; he had already been training with Michigander Zach Werenski in the offseason, and played in college (University of Maine)...
Oct 20, 2020

The Cannon Cast Episode 88: Doc’s farewell, Monster mash, and pizza pizza!

Who wants pizza! We’re deeper into the off-season but there’s still news surrounding the Blue Jackets, specifically down on the farm. What’s the vibe up in Cleveland? On this week’s episode of The Cannon Cast we get into: Gabriel Carlsson, Kevin Stenlund, and Ryan MacInnis Elaine scoops us on the Cleveland Monsters and what to look out for Doc Emerick retires Is the Pizza song good? and much more! Early Monday morning, the man affectionally known as “Doc” Emrick retired from hockey broadcasting. I wanted to share this awesome video he put together. After 3,750+...
Oct 19, 2020
Cannon Blasts: The Blue Jackets have a new sponsor; let’s talk pizza

Cannon Blasts: The Blue Jackets have a new sponsor; let’s talk pizza

Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via That and more of this week’s links Something that got a little bit lost in the shuffle of the trades and signings of two weeks ago was another big signing made by the Columbus Blue Jackets organization: BREAKING: The newest member of the #CBJ - @JetsPizza! pic.twitter.com/GPKYLSppHn— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) October 8, 2020 Jet’s replaces Papa Johns’, which had been the official pizza sponsor since 2011. Some had been calling for an end to the Papa John’s deal since controversy surrounding founder John Schnatter in...
Oct 16, 2020
2019-20 Player Review: Pierre-Luc Dubois deserves to get paid

2019-20 Player Review: Pierre-Luc Dubois deserves to get paid

Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Any concerns about him without Panarin have been put to rest Tennis star Novak Djokovic famously became the top player in the world after switching to a gluten-free diet. In 2020, we could add Pierre-Luc Dubois to the list of other athletes who found success in their game without Bread. Get it? Bread? Ok, fine, they can’t all be winners. Anyway, after a standout first two years of his career — with Artemi Panarin on his wing — there was still some uncertainty as to whether Dubois could continue to produce at a 20ish goal, 60ish point pace without an...
Oct 15, 2020
2019-20 Player Review: Liam Foudy makes his NHL debut

2019-20 Player Review: Liam Foudy makes his NHL debut

Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Foudy spent most of the year with the London Knights Liam Foudy, the 18th overall pick in the 2018 NHL draft, began the season with the London Knights of the OHL after failing to make the Columbus Blue Jackets roster out of training camp. After a rash of injuries to the Jackets, Foudy was a surprise call up on February 10. Due to OHL rules, he could only appear in games for the Jackets so long as he did not miss any games for the Knights. As a result, Foudy only made two appearances in the regular season, notching one assist in a loss to the Buffalo...
Oct 14, 2020
2019-20 Player Review: Riley Nash may not be flashy, but he’s consistent

2019-20 Player Review: Riley Nash may not be flashy, but he’s consistent

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Riley Nash might have been better than you thought. By now, we understand what we get with Riley Nash. Not the 41-point player we saw in Boston, just one season before he came to Columbus. And not even the 20-point a year guy he was for the Hurricanes in the three years prior. However, Nash has been a constant bottom-six player for Columbus, who also proven himself overall, pretty durable through two seasons in Columbus, only missing a handful of games. He’s been durable compared to just about anyone else on the team, which you can chalk up to bad...
Oct 13, 2020
2019-20 Player Review: Oliver Bjorkstrand, invaluable CBJ asset

2019-20 Player Review: Oliver Bjorkstrand, invaluable CBJ asset

Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via And an all-around great guy to boot! I just want to address my personal biases before diving into this review: Oliver Bjorkstrand is one of my favorite players and I will be hard-pressed to come up with anything bad to say about him. Fortunately, I don’t think anyone more objective than myself has many bones to pick with Ollie - he’s a solid player, he’s fun to watch, he scores goals, and he’s just a genuinely good guy. The only thing that really got him down this season was a bout of injuries, each more serious than the last - first, a torso...
Oct 13, 2020

The Cannon Cast Episode 87: Jackets swap Andy for Domi, get Pu, and draft who?

We recap the wild week that was for your Blue Jackets. That was an ... interesting week, right? The Blue Jackets made a flurry of moves over the last week, buying out one embattled center while acquiring another. They also went off the board making an unforeseen selection in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft. On this week’s episode of The Cannon Cast we get into: Josh Anderson for Max Domi? Good bye Markus Nutivaara, Ryan Murray, and Alexander Wennberg The Jackets acquire Cliff Pu and drafted who? and much more! You can read up on our coverage recapping the NHL Draft, Yegor...
Oct 12, 2020
2019-20 Player Review: Alexandre Texier steps up in the postseason

2019-20 Player Review: Alexandre Texier steps up in the postseason

Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via The young Frenchman overcame a major injury in his first full season Expectations were high for Alexandre Texier after he made a splash in his late season debut with Columbus in April 2019. Unfortunately, he had some growing pains in the first two months of this season, scoring just three goals and one assist in his first 22 games. In the month of December, however, he started to grow more comfortable, scoring three goals and six assists in fourteen games. Then, on New Year’s Eve, he played just 2:55 before leaving with a back injury that cost him the...
Oct 12, 2020
Cannon Blasts: Jarmo’s moves make cents, not sense

Cannon Blasts: Jarmo’s moves make cents, not sense

Photo by Donny DiCaprio/NHLI via A recap of a busy week The Columbus Blue Jackets, led by General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen, made a lot of moves over the last week, but it’s not clear whether the goal was to make the team better, or just to save money under the salary cap. First, Josh Anderson was traded to Montreal for Max Domi and a third round pick. The negotiations for Anderson’s prior contract dragged through training camp and preseason, and it appeared things were at an impasse this time as well. Domi — also a restricted free agent — signed his new contract quickly, for two...