Player News - Blue Jackets

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Cam Atkinson notched a goal and an assist in Sunday's 5-3 preseason loss to Nashville.

He scored on a second-period power play from Artemi Panarin and Alexander Wennberg. The trio combined for two goals and four assists in the contest. That bodes well for the start of the regular season because they expected to form Columbus' top line.
Sep 24 - 5:51 PM

Zach Werenski seems to be 100 percent at training camp after he suffered facial fractures during Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs.

Werenski missed the World Championships as a result of his injury. The Blue Jackets wanted him to work on his one-timers during the off-season and that he did, making him a more dangerous player offensively. He was third in the Calder voting last season behind Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine and at the tender age of 20, the defenseman has a really bright future. He had 47 points last season and expect more of the same this season. He is a must keep in all dynasty drafts.
Sep 24 - 8:50 AM

Joonas Korpisalo stopped 52 of 54 shots in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Korpisalo was remarkably busy tonight, but he was a big reason why the Jackets were able to come up with this meaningless victory. Korpisalo heads into the 2017-18 season as the favorite to land the backup job behind Sergei Bobrovsky. He has no fantasy value right now.
Sep 23 - 11:40 PM

Alexander Wennberg will suit up for his first pre-season contest tonight when the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Wennberg missed the first five days of training camp and spent the last couple of days catching up with the rest of his teammates. He broke out last season with 13 goals and 59 points in 80 games and it will be interesting to see if he could keep up that sort of production. He acknowledged that tonight's game probably wouldn't be his best because of the missed time at the beginning of camp.
Sep 23 - 12:12 PM

Blue Jackets assistant coach Brad Shaw believes that Pierre-Luc Dubois is getting more comfortable at the NHL level.

Dubois was the third overall pick in 2016, but the Jackets decided to send him back to junior last year. In Friday's preseason loss to Pittsburgh, he managed to score two goals, which is an encouraging sign. "It looks like he’s getting more comfortable," said assistant coach Brad Shaw, who coached the game behind the bench while Tortorella watched from the press box. "Two big goals for us. We came back three times, which is a great sign for a young team." Dubois isn't a lock to make the team out of camp, but his upside is obvious.
Sep 23 - 11:34 AM

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored a pair of goals in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Blue Jackets made Dubois the third overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Instead of keeping him in the NHL last year, they sent him back to junior, where he had 21 goals and 55 points in 48 games. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward has all the talent in the world to develop into an impact forward at the next level, but the Blue Jackets could still opt to send him back to junior if he doesn't impress enough during training camp. The two goals in tonight's game won't hurt his chances of sticking around.
Sep 22 - 10:01 PM

John Ramage has sustained a hamstring injury.

Ramage will be sidelined for two-to-four weeks as a result, which means he's not expected to be healthy for the remainder of training camp. As was the case before the injury, he's projected to play in the minors but could be called up at some point during the season. He had 25 points and 67 penalty minutes in 69 AHL contests in 2016-17.
Sep 22 - 1:02 PM

Brandon Dubinsky (wrist) participated in contact drills on Friday.

Up until that skate, Dubinsky hadn't taken contact due to the injury. He underwent surgery in May and doesn't have a timetable for his return. It's consequently not clear if he'll be available for Columbus' Oct. 6 season opener, but this is an encouraging sign.
Sep 22 - 12:21 PM

Matt Calvert hopes to build off his showing in the 2017 playoffs.

Calvert had 10 goals and 15 points in 65 contests in 2016-17 and followed that up with a goal and an assist in four playoff games. "I want to do what I did in the playoffs last year," Calvert said. "I want to play at that level all year long. That’s what I’ve been working on all summer. I want to be a difference-maker." We could see Calvert doing better offensively than his did in the 2016-17 regular season, but not by much. If he ends up with 20-25 points then that wouldn't be surprising.
Sep 22 - 9:48 AM

John Mitchell has agreed to a professional tryout offer with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Mitchell had been attending the Blackhawks' training camp, but they cut him Thursday afternoon. He had three goals and seven points in 65 contests in 2016-17.
Sep 21 - 3:01 PM

John Mitchell's professional tryout with the Chicago Blackhawks has ended.

Mitchell ended up getting cut from Chicago's training camp roster fairly early in the process. He had three goals and seven points in 65 games with Colorado in 2016-17.
Sep 21 - 12:36 PM

Nathan Billitier has been removed from Columbus' training camp roster.

Billitier had four goals and 14 points in 61 OHL contests. The 21-year-old defenseman was never drafted.
Sep 21 - 10:12 AM

Trent Fox was among the first players cut by the Blue Jackets.

Fox had 32 points and 72 penalty minutes in 64 OHL contests in 2016-17. He was never expected to make the team so this move isn't surprising.
Sep 21 - 10:11 AM

Medric Mercier has been cut from the Columbus Blue Jackets' training camp roster.

Mercier had 22 goals and 52 points in 67 OHL contests in 2016-17. The 20-year-old has gone undrafted.
Sep 21 - 10:10 AM

Zac Dalpe scored two goals in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The 27-year-old has only suited up in nine games over his last two NHL seasons, so even though he was productive tonight, don't expect him to stick around once training camp ends. Top prospect Sonny Milano assisted on both of Dalpe's goals.
Sep 20 - 11:45 PM


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