Written by: Matthew Ruskan (@MRuskun)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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Do not jump ship on these Blue Jackets quite yet, because they sure haven't quit on themselves. At least, that seems to be the message that the management is sending.
This past weekend the Jackets acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold in a trade from the St. Louis Blues for a fifth round pick in 2016. Leopold, 34, is only averaging 13:04 of ice time in seven games this season, but a large part is due to the defensive depth that Saint Louis already has.
I love this move by the Blue Jackets. It gives the Jackets some much needed depth on a backline that is banged up and, most importantly for me, he is a stay at home defenseman. He is not going to put a bunch of points on the board, but he is going to stabilize that backline and, hopefully, help give them some defensive shape.
Most importantly, this is a signal to the rest of the team that the management has not given up on the season, despite the poor start, and with this move they can get right back into it. Jordan Leopold is looking for a resurgence of his career, which means he needs to play well, and if he does, it is a good thing for the Blue Jackets.
Leopold’s first appearance as a Blue Jacket was a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks, a win that gave the Jackets two wins in three games this past week. A huge part of those wins was the return of Sergei Bobrovsky. Goalie Bob was missed tremendously and needs to stay healthy if the Jackets want to make a playoff push.
This next week features three tough games. Detroit comes to town Tuesday and I never will ever doubt Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and company’s ability to win games. Then the big and bad Bruins come to Columbus before the Jackets head to the city of Brotherly Love. Keep in mind that the Jackets beat Philly in Philly last week, so the Flyers will be looking for revenge. These are three tough games, but the Jackets need to keep the winning streak going if they want to get back into the playoff picture. While it is still early, the standings at Thanksgiving usually do not alter too incredibly much (unless Toronto is involved).
CBJ News & Notes
● Brandon Dubinsky is close to a return to the lineup, eyeing Tuesday November 18 as a possible return date. This would be a HUGE boost for the Jackets, giving them needed depth at center and leadership.
● Goalie Bob recorded his 100th career win on Saturday against the Sharks. Congratulations to him from OSR!