Written by: Matthew Ruskan (@MRuskun)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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At 4-4 while on a jaunt through the west, the Blue Jackets have looked pretty good this past week. Yes, they are 1-3 during the road trip, but those losses are to a resurgent Ottawa team, the high-flying Anaheim Ducks (who are terrifyingly good. Like, one of the better goalies in the league in Freddie Andersen and, I think, the best offense in the league) and those guys who won Lord Stanley’s Cup, the LA Kings. So really, this past week has been a success. Going on a road trip through the west and winning a game is a relief.
Add onto that, Ryan Johansen sent a public letter to the rest of the NHL that read, in true Ohio fashion of all caps, “I’M BACK”. Ten points in seven games is just what the Blue Jackets wanted out of their star, and here I was thinking he was going to start slowly because he missed training camp.
Columbus’s first round pick from this years’ entry draft is also making improvement. Sonny Milano, who was injured, has made his return to the ice and a promising future looks in store for the young American.
On a more somber note, it looks as if Nathan Horton’s hockey career may be over. The forward, projected as a potential running mate for Johansen this season, has been diagnosed with degeneration of the entire lumbar region of his spine and the odds of a return are not in his favor. All that we can do at this point is hope for a miracle and that we see big number 8 on the ice again next season.