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Mark Letestu | Center | #55

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 195
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Mark Letestu found the back of the net in his return to the Blue Jackets.
Letestu had played in 233 games with Columbus prior to Monday's action, but he left the team in 2015. On Sunday, the Blue Jackets reacquired him from Edmonton as part of a three-team deal. Letestu logged 13:13 minutes in the contest. Feb 27 - 5:14 AM

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Mark Letestu will play for Columbus Monday night.

Letestu will make his return to the Blue Jackets after he was acquired from Edmonton via Nashville on Sunday. He is slated to play on the fourth line after getting his work visa settled.
Feb 26 - 6:05 PM

Look for the newly acquired Mark Letestu to center the fourth line in Columbus.

As it stands now, Letestu will center Nathan Gerbe and Lukas Sedlak and likely try to revive the porous Columbus power play as he had been a fixture on the first power play in Edmonton until recently. Letestu has only 19 points including eight goals in 60 games after 16 goals and 35 points last season. He is returning to Columbus for the second time as he played for parts of four seasons before being dealt to the Oilers in 2015-16.
Feb 26 - 7:03 AM

Mark Letestu has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a three-team deal.

Letestu was sent from Edmonton to Nashville in exchange for forward Pontus Aberg and then flipped to Columbus for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Letestu has eight goals and 19 points in 60 games this season. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer and will provide some depth down the middle for Columbus, where he played for parts of four seasons before going into the Oilers in 2015-16.
Feb 25 - 12:53 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Toronto Maple Leafs all reportedly have some interest in acquiring Mark Letestu.

Letestu previously played for Pittsburgh and Columbus, so there would be some familiarity there if either squad acquired him. In any scenario, he would provide a playoff contender with some extra veteran depth on their third or fourth line. The Oilers aren't likely to get much for him, but he can leave as an unrestricted free agent in the summer, so the Oilers might ultimately just take whatever's on the table.
Feb 22 - 5:22 AM

Mark Letestu will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Calgary Flames.

Letestu has gone 14 games without collecting a single point. This will be the first game that the Oilers forward misses all season. He has eight goals and eight assists in 48 games this season. Yohann Auvitu and Anton Slepyshev will also serve as healthy scratches in this one.
Jan 25 - 8:53 PM

Mark Letestu has gone nine straight games without a point.

Of course, Letestu is far from the only Oilers forward struggling right now. Letestu averages just 13:34 minutes per game, but 2:51 of those minutes come on the power play. That's a really good opportunity, but lately it hasn't been paying dividends. He has eight goals and 16 points in 41 contests this season, with six of those points coming with the man advantage.
Jan 9 - 7:18 AM

Mark Letestu has four goals and nine points in his last 10 games.

Letestu has served as a bottom-six forward over that span and his hot streak has provided Edmonton with some critical secondary scoring. We don't expect him to continue to contribute at this pace, but he's a big part of the reason why Edmonton has managed to score at least three goals in seven of its last 10 contests.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 06:46:00 AM

Mark Letestu scored a goal and registered an assist in Edmonton's 7-2 win against Columbus on Tuesday.

Letestu has seven goals and 15 points in 31 games in 2017-18. He set a career-high last season with 35 points, but he might be able to do a touch better this time around.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 04:19:00 AM

Mark Letestu played in his 500th career NHL game on Wednesday.

That's particularly noteworthy in Letestu's case as he was never drafted. Instead he had to work his way up, spending three seasons in the AJHL, a campaign with Western Michigan University, and then parts of four seasons in the minors before earning a regular role with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010-11. "You don’t think you’re going to the NHL when you’re not drafted and you’re 20 in Bonnyville, playing Tier 11. I just tried to be the best I could be at that level and get to college," said Letestu. "It took off for me in school but by no means did I think I was on an NHL path." He excelled at college hockey, which is why he only spent a season with Western Michigan University before making the leap to the minors. His original plan though was to become an accountant. Even now, after getting 500 NHL games under his belt, he's still taking university courses on the side and is a junior at this point.
Thu, Nov 23, 2017 05:52:00 AM

Mark Letestu picked up a goal with an assist in Tuesday's 8-2 victory against Vegas.

Letestu snapped an 11-game goal drought, and he has managed just one assist during the span dating back to Oct. 19. He has plenty of time to pull himself out of his funk, he has is off to a poor start after posting a career-high 16 goals in 2016-17.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 01:35:00 AM

Mark Letestu has gone 11 straight games without a goal.

Letestu has also been limited to an assist in that span. After he set a new career-high in 2016-17 with 16 goals, his lack of offense is disappointing. It's also an issue for the Oilers, who have been hurting for some secondary scoring. "It’s a rough patch right now, and it coincides with a lot of guys who are fighting it. I’m still getting the looks and shots, but they’re not going in," said Letestu. "I’m disappointed in myself. I set higher standards (after last year’s 16 goals) and I’m behind them. I feel this team relies on people like me to help."
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 06:53:00 AM

Mark Letestu scored a power-play goal while recording two blocked shots and four hits in Tuesday's loss against the Hurricanes.

Letestu posted career highs with 16 goals, 11 power-play markers and 35 points last season while also notching six game-winning tallies. However, he was blanked through his first four games this season. He has the potential to post 30-35 points, but don't expect much more than that.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 01:19:00 AM

Mark Letestu has racked up eight points in six games in Round 2 against Anaheim.

He had two goals and two assists in Sunday's 7-1 blowout victory. Letestu has been especially dangerous on Edmonton's power play, where he has accounted for six points, including three goals, in the series. "When we put him on the power play back in October or November, we didn't have a triggerman. We knew in the past he could. He finds open spaces," said coach Todd McLellan.
Tue, May 9, 2017 01:05:00 PM

Mark Letestu pitched in two goals and two assists in a commanding 7-1 victory for Edmonton over Anaheim on Sunday.

Letestu continued to be a force in the Oilers' top-six. He has five goals and 11 points in 12 playoff games this season, far outpacing the 35 points he earned during the regular season. Letestu and the Oilers will look to harbor that momentum into Game 7 against the Ducks on Wednesday.
Sun, May 7, 2017 10:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Alexander Wennberg
2Nick Foligno
3Brandon Dubinsky
4Mark Letestu
5Lukas Sedlak
6Alex Broadhurst
LW1Artemi Panarin
2Pierre-Luc Dubois
3Boone Jenner
4Matt Calvert
5Markus Hannikainen
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Josh Anderson
3Thomas Vanek
4Oliver Bjorkstrand
5Sonny Milano
D1Zach Werenski
2Seth Jones
3Jack Johnson
4David Savard
5Ryan Murray
6Ian Cole
7Taylor Chorney
8Scott Harrington
9Dean Kukan
10Markus Nutivaara
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Joonas Korpisalo
3Jeff Zatkoff