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Mark Letestu | Center

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 199
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Mark Letestu has undergone groin/abdominal surgery on Tuesday.
Letestu will miss another six weeks as a result. He has been limited to just nine games this season. If they haven't already, the Blue Jackets might want to hire an exorcist to save the remaining members of this team before they too succumb to injury. Dec 2 - 1:15 PM

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Mark Letestu (groin) suffered "a little setback," according to Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards.

Letestu hasn't skated much since being hurt on Oct. 28. He has three goals and five points in nine games in 2014-15.
Nov 14 - 10:31 AM

Mark Letestu has been put on injured reserve with a groin injury.

He is slated to miss two to four weeks due to the ailment. Letestu, who has five points in nine matches, was hurt in Tuesday's game versus the Ottawa Senators.
Oct 30 - 5:10 PM

Mark Letestu will miss two to four weeks with a groin injury.

He suffered the ailment on the last shift of Tuesday night's game versus Ottawa. Letestu has three goals and five points in nine contests this season.
Oct 29 - 4:50 PM

Mark Letestu scored two goals, including the game-winner, as Columbus defeated San Jose 5-4 on Thursday night.

Letestu scored the winning goal with just 21 seconds remaining in the contest to give the Jackets the win. This was a crazy game that saw four lead-changes. Ryan Johansen also scored two goals in the contest, while winger Scott Hartnell registered four assists. The goals were Letestu’s first two of the season.
Oct 24 - 1:46 AM

Mark Letestu had two assists and was an amazing 15-of-19 at the faceoff dot on Friday.

It was Letestu's first two points of the season and he is now 43-of-68 on the draw. Letestu is a bottom-six center who is obviously good at faceoffs and he will see some power play time but we cannot recommend him in standard pools at this time.
Oct 18 - 6:05 AM

Look for Mark Letestu to crack the Columbus lineup this season as their fourth line center.

This will be Letestu's fourth season in Columbus as he is entering the final season of a two-year deal. He is slated for the fourth spot on the depth charts assuming that Ryan Johansen eventually ends his holdout and settles into the number one slot at center. "He really frees up his wings, and they can kind of just go," coach Todd Richards said of Letestu. "Jared Boll is a smart player, but he's at his best when he's hunting the puck. Mark does a good job of recognizing that. What has made (the fourth line) a success is Mark being able to control and contribute to that." Letestu is not worth selecting in most drafts but he is good at the faceoff dot and could see some power play time this season.
Sep 27 - 6:47 AM

Mark Letestu had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 preseason victory over St. Louis.

Letestu had 19:02 minutes of ice time, including 5:00 with the man advantage. That isn't likely to happen during the regular season, although the Blue Jackets are looking for forwards to step up with Nathan Horton sidelined and Ryan Johansen unsigned.
Sep 26 - 10:19 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Artem Anisimov
4Mark Letestu
5Michael Chaput
6Brian Gibbons
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Nick Foligno
3Matt Calvert
4Boone Jenner
5Jack Skille
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Alexander Wennberg
3Jared Boll
4Corey Tropp
5Adam Cracknell
6Nathan Horton
7Jeremy Morin
D1James Wisniewski
2Jack Johnson
3Fedor Tyutin
4Ryan Murray
5David Savard
6Kevin Connauton
7Jordan Leopold
8Cody Goloubef
9Dalton Prout
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney