Blue Jackets season preview: Goudreau will impress on offense

The 2022–23 NHL season begins on 7 October. With training camp opening soon, NHL.com is taking a look at the three keys, the inside scoop on roster questions, and the estimated lineups for each of the 32 teams. Today, the Columbus Blue Jacket.

coach: Brad Larson (2nd season)

last season: 37-38-7, 6th place in the Metropolitan Division; Did not qualify for Stanley Cup playoffs

3 keys

1. Goudreau’s influence

The Blue Jackets Arguably Earn Free Agency Award By Signing Left johnny goudreau $68.25 million contract for seven years ($9.75 million annual average value) as of July 13. Calgary Flames.

The Blue Jackets haven’t had a player like Goudreau since Artemi Panarin Played two seasons at Columbus from 2017–19. Panarin went on to go through free agency, after signing with the New York Rangers on July 1, 2019. That same summer, the Blue Jackets also lost the goalkeeper. Sergei Bobrovsky and further Matt Duchenne in free agency.

The hope in Columbus is that Goudreau’s signing will change the narrative and show that while the Ohio capital may be a destination market for top players in the NHL, he and the Blue Jackets will also have to show up on the ice.

That means there is pressure on Goudreau to bring his offensive game to the Blue Jackets, which he needs after missing out on the Stanley Cup playoffs last season by 19 points.

2. Produce Line

Goudreau could have significant influence on the right wing Patrik Laine Both on strength and on power play. They are set up to be the two wings on the top line of the Columbus and should be the playmaker (Goudreau) and shooter (line) on the top power-play unit.

Lan, who showed his enthusiasm for Goudreau by signing a four-year $34.8 million ($8.7 million AAV) contract on July 23, had 56 points (26 goals, 30 assists) in 56 games for the Blue Jackets last season, but he Tha would not have established him without a player like Goudreau. He could be the player to score 50 goals this season.

Video: Top 5 Patrick Line plays from the 2021-22 season

3. Center Depth

One of the biggest questions for the Blue Jackets is who will play center on the top line, possibly between Goudreau and the line? They don’t have a proven No. 1 center.

the top three candidates are Boone Jenner, Jack Roslovic And cole silinger, cheater kent johnson Might be an option if they try to put him between Goudreau and the line and he impresses, but he’s a long shot.

That being said, Jenner might be the favorite. The 29-year-old is an experienced center who can reduce pucks in the zone and recover quickly, effectively doing all the dirty work needed to ensure that Goudreau and Line are as effective as they need to be. . He can also score. Last season he had 44 points (23 goals, 21 assists) in 59 games.

Roslovic, who has played along the line in the past, had 45 points (22 goals, 23 assists) from 81 matches last season.

Meanwhile, Silinger impressed as an 18-year-old rookie, scoring 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) in 79 games. He’ll get a chance too, but the third line could be where he starts.

roster rundown

making cuts

johnson and the right wing Kirill Marchenko Here are two of the most interesting players to watch in training camp. Spots are available for both rookies, but the Blue Jackets won’t hesitate to introduce them to the American Hockey League if they feel they need more seasoning. 5 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, made three assists in nine games last season when the 19-year-old ended his sophomore season at the University of Michigan. Marchenko is entering his first season in North America, when the 22-year-old has played the last three seasons with SKA St Petersburg in the Continental Hockey League. With Alexandre Texier not playing this season in accordance with the advice and recommendation of the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, the Blue Jackets will have to fill that hole. Matthew Olivier, Justin Danforth, Emil Bemstrom And Liam Faudi Rosters will also compete for spots.

defense personnel Nick Blankenburg may win a role in the top six in training camp, but to do so they will likely have to beat jake bean either Andrew Banks,

most interesting addition

Goudreau chose the blue jackets, one of the biggest stories of the season. There was a lot of talk about him going to play for the Philadelphia Flyers, his hometown team, the New Jersey Devils or the New York Islanders, but the 29-year-old forward chose Columbus, which was not expected. Now there is pressure on him to give blue jacket.

VIDEO: Johnny Goudreau joins the NHL tonight

biggest possible surprise

Johnson isn’t locked to the opening-night roster, he has to earn it in training camp. However, if he does, he could be an instant hit in the Blue Jackets lineup. Johnson had 37 points (eight goals, 29 assists) in 32 games at Michigan last season, and may need more time to develop. He’s only 6-foot-1 and 167 pounds, but if the team makes it, it’s because the Blue Jackets believe he could be a big player for them right away.

ready to break

adam boquist 22 years old, and he has already played in 128 NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Blue Jackets. Chicago was so high on the 6-foot, 189-pound Sweden-born defenseman that it made him the number 8 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Columbus had so much on him that in return for the defenseman’s trade he was the key piece Seth Jones On July 23, 2021. Boqvist finished last season with 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) from 52 games, and will have a chance to play on the top pair. Zach Verensky If he proves he can be a more effective player in the defensive field.

fantasy sleeper

Roslovic, C (Not ready on average in fantasy) – He led the Blue Jackets to 5-on-5 goals per 60 minutes (1.08; minimum 50 games) last season, and his ability to center on the top line with elite Wings Goudreau and Laine put him into a deep slumber. Put. – Anna Dua

Estimated Lineup

Johnny Goudreau – Boone Jenner – Patrick Laine

gustav nyquist — Jack Roslovic — jacob voraceco

Kent Johnson – Cole Silinger – Kirill Marchenko

Eric Robinson , Sean Kurley — Matthew Olivier

Zach Verensky — Eric Gudbranson

Vladislav Gavrikov — Adam Boquisti

Jake Bean – Nick Blankenburg

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