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Bluejackets offseason primer

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FINAL RECORD 2017-18 45-30-7 97 points lost in first round to the Capitals.

 

  The Jackets have established themselves as a solid team who is a regular playoff contender with a superstar goalie and a lunch pail hard working bunch of forwards and two bright gems on the back end. The organization has yet to make it out of the first round and this year was particularly heartbreaking after beating Washington in the first two games on the road, they went to OT at home in game three, if the Jackets had won they almost certainly would have won. Instead game three ended with a double overtime thriller where Lars Eller fired the game winner, the Jackets lost the momentum and quickly were sent home in six games.

  Bobrovsky won 37 games and was a beast. There is no better defensive duo in the game than Seth Jones and Zach Werenski who both had fantastic seasons. Panarin proved he didn't need Kane to be a star, 82 points in 81 games. Dubois had a great first full season and looks like that long needed 1C. Cam Atkinson overcame a slow start to finish strong with 24 goals. Josh Anderson looks like a heavy hitting middle six power winger. Lots went right.

  A fair amount went wrong as well, Korpisalo was surprisingly bad as Bobs backup, Jack Johnson as an UFA picked a poor time to have his worst statistical year. Ryan Murray is looking more and more like a bust, Dubinsky has too long on his deal and has atrophied into a worthless player.Finally Alexander Wennberg has slipped into mediocrity and lives in Torterella's dog house.

 

TOP PROSPECTS:

Not much, they have in the last two years recalled Dubois, Bjorgstrand, Anderson, Nutivaara, Milano and Sedlak and all are established with the big club. 

Gabriel Carlson is a stay at home defender who will certainly step in and replace Johnson. Vitaly Abramov is a little jitterbug of a forward who turns pro this year, Fonzie loves the kid, he gushed about him last year in camp and it would not be a surprise if he landed on the second line. There really isn't much else even close to being NHL ready.

 

  FREE AGENTS

Jack Johnson is a goner, 

Vanek, the Jackets say they want him back if possible. He was a nice fit.

Calvert, Cole, Letestu and Chorney were all serviceable but easily replaced.

 

OFFSEASON QUESTIONS:

 

UH OH. NEXT YEAR BOB AND PANARIN ARE FREE AGENTS. WHAT DO WE DO? 

 The Jackets have a year left of bob and Panarin before both are UFA and Werenski among others is a RFA. CBJ is faced with the real possibility of having one more year and losing its two biggest stars over money. Bob makes 7.5 million and Panarin makes 6 million both will want raises. The Jackets are faced with tough decisions, if you can only keep one, which one do you keep? 

 

CAN THEY EVER GET OVER THE HUMP? 

It blew my mind that they lost the series after being up 2-0 I really thought this was the year. The mental part has to be a mess. Tortorella has a long history of getting a team to a certain point and no further, I am in the minority in here because I actually like him because so many players/coaches are so damn boring at least he has personality and he isn't afraid to play kids and sit veterans if he feels it is the right move. But truthfully, if they are one and done again next season he might need to be replaced.

 

IF THEY MAKE A TRADE, WHO SHOULD THEY DANGLE AND WHAT SHOULD THEY LOOK FOR? Defense after the big two was a serious dropoff last year but honestly with Carlson, Savard, Murray, Nutivaara and I think they are still a bit thin. If they can find a taker for Foligno that nets a defenseman they should jump all over it. 

 

They are who they are, not certain what it will take for them to get over the hump, they remain one of the obscure small market teams ISO an identity.

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Jack Johnson lost to the Penguins, no big deal.

Ian Cole lost to the Avalanche a bigger deal but they hope that big Gabriel Carlson will take his place. Carlson is a solid prospect.

Calvert also lost to the Avalanche, replaced by Swiss Army Knife forward Riley Nash. Upgrade.

 

  So as long as Carlson is capable of holding down a regular spot in the bottom six they are essentially the same as last year or possibly slightly better as Nash is certainly an upgrade over Calvert. 

 

  The big decision is what to do with potential UFA forward Panarin and UFA goalie Bob. Everyone is wrpped up thinking about Karlsson but I wouldnot be surprised to see Panarin dealt sooner rather than later.

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      FINAL RECORD 2017-18 45-30-7 97 points lost in first round to the Capitals.     The Jackets have established themselves as a solid team who is a regular playoff contender with a superstar goalie and a lunch pail hard working bunch of forwards and two bright gems on the back end. The organization has yet to make it out of the first round and this year was particularly heartbreaking after beating Washington in the first two games on the road, they went to OT at home in game three, if the Jackets had won they almost certainly would have won. Instead game three ended with a double overtime thriller where Lars Eller fired the game winner, the Jackets lost the momentum and quickly were sent home in six games.   Bobrovsky won 37 games and was a beast. There is no better defensive duo in the game than Seth Jones and Zach Werenski who both had fantastic seasons. Panarin proved he didn't need Kane to be a star, 82 points in 81 games. Dubois had a great first full season and looks like that long needed 1C. Cam Atkinson overcame a slow start to finish strong with 24 goals. Josh Anderson looks like a heavy hitting middle six power winger. Lots went right.   A fair amount went wrong as well, Korpisalo was surprisingly bad as Bobs backup, Jack Johnson as an UFA picked a poor time to have his worst statistical year. Ryan Murray is looking more and more like a bust, Dubinsky has too long on his deal and has atrophied into a worthless player.Finally Alexander Wennberg has slipped into mediocrity and lives in Torterella's dog house.   TOP PROSPECTS: Not much, they have in the last two years recalled Dubois, Bjorgstrand, Anderson, Nutivaara, Milano and Sedlak and all are established with the big club.  Gabriel Carlson is a stay at home defender who will certainly step in and replace Johnson. Vitaly Abramov is a little jitterbug of a forward who turns pro this year, Fonzie loves the kid, he gushed about him last year in camp and it would not be a surprise if he landed on the second line. There really isn't much else even close to being NHL ready.     FREE AGENTS Jack Johnson is a goner,  Vanek, the Jackets say they want him back if possible. He was a nice fit. Calvert, Cole, Letestu and Chorney were all serviceable but easily replaced.   OFFSEASON QUESTIONS:   UH OH. NEXT YEAR BOB AND PANARIN ARE FREE AGENTS. WHAT DO WE DO?   The Jackets have a year left of bob and Panarin before both are UFA and Werenski among others is a RFA. CBJ is faced with the real possibility of having one more year and losing its two biggest stars over money. Bob makes 7.5 million and Panarin makes 6 million both will want raises. The Jackets are faced with tough decisions, if you can only keep one, which one do you keep?    CAN THEY EVER GET OVER THE HUMP?  It blew my mind that they lost the series after being up 2-0 I really thought this was the year. The mental part has to be a mess. Tortorella has a long history of getting a team to a certain point and no further, I am in the minority in here because I actually like him because so many players/coaches are so damn boring at least he has personality and he isn't afraid to play kids and sit veterans if he feels it is the right move. But truthfully, if they are one and done again next season he might need to be replaced.   IF THEY MAKE A TRADE, WHO SHOULD THEY DANGLE AND WHAT SHOULD THEY LOOK FOR? Defense after the big two was a serious dropoff last year but honestly with Carlson, Savard, Murray, Nutivaara and I think they are still a bit thin. If they can find a taker for Foligno that nets a defenseman they should jump all over it.    They are who they are, not certain what it will take for them to get over the hump, they remain one of the obscure small market teams ISO an identity.

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