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Mark Letestu | Winger

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 195
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Mark Letestu has seen the Blue Jackets grow substantially as a team since the Pittsburgh Penguins traded him to Columbus in 2011-12.
"When I first got here (from Pittsburgh) it was more about the opportunity to play," Letestu said. "But this feels just as good, being a part of building something, being a part of taking this team to new heights that maybe the organization and the city hasn't seen yet. There's pride now in being a Blue Jacket, building it from the bottom and being a part of it. Now there's an excitement going into the off-season about where we can go and where we can get to. That’s something that’s pretty special right now. We still finished 15th. It's not like we won a ton of games and set the league on fire. But I don't think there will be any sneaking up on teams now. People have taken notice, and that's a good thing. That’s something earned. That's something you want." 2014-15 will definitely be a big campaign for the Blue Jackets. This franchise has endured plenty of hardships and the last thing they want to do is squander the forward momentum they've managed to build. May 7 - 9:51 AM

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Mark Letestu found the back of the net in Columbus' 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the first round.

It was Letestu's first goal in 12 career playoff games. He started his career with Pittsburgh, but was traded to Columbus in November 2011.
Apr 17 - 9:35 AM

Mark Letestu is looking forward to playing against his old teammates in Pittsburgh in the playoffs.

While the Blue Jackets were likely hoping to meet the Rangers in the opening round, Letestu is happy it's the Penguins and hopes the team will play them like the Philadelphia Flyers do. "The Flyers are in their face and in their space all the time," Letestu said. "They frustrate them into bad penalties, then go score on the power play. It seems like that's the way to beat them. I don't think there's been any letup by us. I don't think anybody's been intimidated by their skill or the players they have. You see the way our guys go... the guys like Matty Calvert, they'll show you right away that there's no awe." The Penguins beat the Blue Jackets in all five games this season but the playoffs are a different beast and it should be close.
Apr 14 - 8:01 AM

Mark Letestu scored a power play goal on Saturday.

Letestu finished the season on a four game point streak as he potted his 12th of the season. He has 12 goals and 34 points this season.
Apr 13 - 6:37 AM

Mark Letestu scored a goal in Columbus' 3-1 win on Wednesday.

Letestu is now on a three-game point streak. He has 11 goals and 33 points in 80 games this season.
Apr 10 - 9:45 AM

Mark Letestu was bumped up to the second line during Monday's practice.

Letestu is getting that opportunity because Nathan Horton is sidelined with a lower-body injury. Letestu has eight goals and 28 points in 74 contests this season.
Apr 1 - 9:35 AM

Mark Letestu's two points weren't nearly enough in the Blue Jackets' 5-2 loss to the Sabres on Saturday night.

Letestu and Derek MacKenzie each had a goal and an assist on the night. Letestu now has seven goals and 23 points on the season and really isn't worth looking at in fantasy leagues. MacKenzie has just 10 points. Corey Tropp and Ryan Murray had helpers as well.
Jan 25 - 10:33 PM

Mark Letestu’s power-play goal in the Columbus Blue Jackets' win over Washington Friday night was his fourth goal in three games and the 100th point of his career.

Letestu has 45 goals and 55 assists in 229 games with Columbus and Pittsburgh.
Jan 18 - 9:37 AM

Mark Letestu netted the game-winning goal in Columbus' 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday.

Letestu had just one goal in his first 41 games this season, but he's caught fire lately with four markers in his last five contests. He still has just 19 points in 47 games this season and we don't expect him to have much fantasy value in standard leagues going forward.
Jan 14 - 9:32 AM

Mark Letestu scored twice to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 6-3 win over Winnipeg Saturday.

Letestu now has three goals in his past four games after going 40 games without tickling the twine. He has 18 points in 45 games including four in his last four, so the bottom-six forward is on a roll. His first goal Saturday was shorthanded.
Jan 12 - 7:25 AM

Mark Letestu found the back of the net for the first time in 40 games on Saturday.

Letestu last scored in the second game of the season and it was his first even strength goal of the season. The winger now has two goals and 15 points in 42 games this season so his fantasy value is negligible at best.
Jan 5 - 7:38 AM

Mark Letestu had two assists on Monday.

Letestu has recorded at least a point in three of his last four contests. He now has a goal and 14 points in 37 games in 2013-14.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 09:23:00 AM

Mark Letestu has not found the back of the net in the last 27 games.

Letestu has scored only once this season and that was a power play marker on October 5. He has eight assists but is minus-five in 29 games.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 08:55:00 AM

Mark Letestu's power play goal was his first of the season.

Letestu was playing fourth line minutes during five-on-five play but saw time on the first power play and his goal cut the Columbus deficit to one and allowed the Blue Jackets to win it in the shootout. Letestu will see a lot of power play time but his lack of time when both teams are at full strength will cut into his fantasy value.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 07:53:00 AM

Mark Letestu's power play marker Sunday broke an 0-18 slump.

The Blue Jackets went 10 games without a power play goal before Letestu's goal. The Blue Jackets are the surprise team of the NHL as most pundits thought they would finish 30th and last in the NHL but right now, with only a week left in the regular season they are sitting in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 06:57:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Artem Anisimov
4Brian Gibbons
5Ryan Craig
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Nick Foligno
3Boone Jenner
4Matt Calvert
5Mark Letestu
6Sonny Milano
RW1Nathan Horton
2Cam Atkinson
3Jared Boll
4Corey Tropp
5Jerry D'Amigo
D1James Wisniewski
2Jack Johnson
3Fedor Tyutin
4Ryan Murray
5David Savard
6Dalton Prout
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney