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Columbus moving up to the third overall pick in the draft will likely lead to them selecting either Patrick Laine or Jesse Puljujarvi.

Both of those Finnish forwards have plenty of upside and might already be ready to play at the NHL level. "Those kids are special players," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "Big and skilled and fast. They're early in their careers, but they have already played at a high level and had success in big tournaments." While the Blue Jackets' didn't win the lottery, this is the first time it resulted in them moving up in the draft order.
May 2 - 4:16 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will draft third overall in the NHL Entry Draft.

Columbus finished 26th overall in 2015-16, but were lucky enough to win a spot in the top three portion of the lottery and jumping Edmonton in the process. If they forego moving off their spot, they'll be left with likely one of Patrick Laine or Jesse Puljujärvi.
Apr 30 - 8:36 PM

Joonas Korpisalo led the Lake Erie Monsters to a three-game sweep of Rockford in the first round of the AHL playoffs.

Korpisalo had a 2.00 GAA and .924 save percentage in the series. He's continuing his strong 2015-16 showing after posting a 2.60 GAA and .920 save percentage in 31 games with Columbus. That being said, he was critical of his performance in the Monsters' series-clinching 5-3 victory on Saturday. "All three goals, really, shouldn't happen," Korpisalo said. "All three of them. You can say two, but I think all three of them. So, three goals and we still won, so it's a pretty good night. But I have to be better. I have to be sharper."
Apr 25 - 6:30 AM

Josh Anderson scored once to lead Lake Erie to a 5-3 win over Rockford and a sweep of their best-of-five series.

Anderson had a big series as he had the hat trick Thursday in Game 2. Anderson played 15 games in the NHL this season with a goal and five points. The 21-year-old will be given every chance at training camp to break with the Blue Jackets next season.
Apr 24 - 7:05 AM

Joonas Korpisalo stopped 24 of 25 shots in a 5-1 win for Lake Erie Friday.

The netminder gave the Monsters a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series over Rockford with the series headed back to Cleveland for Game 3. Korpisalo had a strong NHL debut as he played in 31 games with a 16-11-4 record to go with a 2.60 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He could find himself in Columbus full time next season as the backup to Sergei Bobrovsky.
Apr 23 - 6:58 AM

Joonas Korpisalo is continuing his campaign by serving the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters in the playoffs.

Korpisalo will be the team's Game 1 starter and he might continue to serve in that capacity throughout the Monsters' playoff run, although that's far from guaranteed. Korpisalo made his NHL debut this season and went on to post a 2.60 GAA and .920 save percentage in 31 contests with Columbus.
Apr 21 - 10:55 AM

The talks between Columbus and Seth Jones for a contract extension are expected to heat up in the near future.

Jones is set to be a restricted free agent this summer after completing his entry-level contract. After recording three goals and 31 points in 81 contests and logging big minutes, he might seek a contract similar to Morgan Rielly's six-year, $30 million deal. "I don’t anticipate any problems," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We’ll find a deal that works for us and a deal that works for Seth Jones." The question isn't if Jones will re-sign, it's if the Blue Jackets will be able to avoid the contract negotiations dragging into training camp like they did for Ryan Johansen in 2014.
Apr 20 - 8:46 AM

Gabriel Carlsson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Columbus.

The 19-year-old defender had a goal and eight assists in 45 games with Linkoping HC of the SHL during the 2015-16 campaign. "Gabriel played very well against his peers at the 2016 World Junior Championships and made great strides throughout the season in Sweden's top professional league with Linkoping," said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. "We are excited about his future as he is a smart, two-way defenseman who has a chance to be a very good player as he continues to grow and develop." Carlsson was the 29th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Apr 19 - 3:01 PM

Justin Scott has reportedly signed an entry-level contract with Columbus.

Scott had 28 goals and 65 points in 67 OHL contests in 2015-16. The 20-year-old forward was never drafted by an NHL franchise.
Apr 15 - 3:24 PM

Paul Bittner will report to AHL Lake Erie.

Bittner had 10 goals and 21 points in 25 games with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks this season. The Blue Jackets took him with the 38th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Apr 13 - 4:14 PM

Columbus Blue Jackets associate coach Craig Hartsburg has announced his retirement from coaching.

Hartsburg will continue to work for the Blue Jackets in a different capacity. "I’ve been very fortunate to spend the past 30-plus years in the game as a player or coach and have enjoyed every minute of it, but my priority now is to spend more time with my wife, children and grandchildren," said Hartsburg. "I have really enjoyed my time in Columbus, working with both John Tortorella and Todd Richards, and appreciate the opportunity to continue to be part of the organization in a role that will also allow me to devote more time to my family." Hartsburg has worked for the Blue Jackets since 2012. As a head coach he served in 491 games behind the bench with Chicago, Anaheim, and Ottawa. He had a 201-208-69-13 record in that capacity.
Apr 13 - 4:11 PM

David Clarkson is dealing with back issues.

Clarkson was limited to 23 games this season due to a variety of problems. He now has the summer to recover, but injuries have been a recurring theme for him in recent years, so it wouldn't be surprising if he spends some time on the sidelines in 2016-17.
Apr 12 - 11:03 AM

Although coach John Tortorella wasn't there for the start of the Blue Jackets' campaign, he put some of the blame on himself for Columbus' failed season.

By the time Tortorella stepped into the picture, the Blue Jackets were already 0-7-0. They went 34-33-8 under Tortorella. "I feel like I’ve let the organization down, and I haven’t done enough to get this straightened out," Tortorella said. Going forward, two areas in particular that he wants to see the team improve on is their defensive play and discipline. He'll get an opportunity to shape the team by further mapping out his plan over the summer and then leading the squad in training camp - something he wasn't around for in 2015.
Apr 12 - 11:01 AM

David Savard underwent foot surgery on Monday morning.

He played through a chipped bone in his foot and a strained oblique muscle for most of the season. Savard is projected to require six-to-eight weeks to recover. Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen said that Savard should be 100 percent by training camp. He posted 25 points in 65 games this campaign.
Apr 11 - 5:20 PM

Alexander Wennberg will play for Sweden at the World Championships.

He picked up eight goals and 40 points in 69 games with Columbus this season. Wennberg ended the year with one goal and seven assists in his last six games.
Apr 11 - 10:57 AM


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