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Sore Loser 09-03-2012 12:10 PM

Player by Player Look at the Blue Jackets
 
I figured since things have been moderately slow around here lately, I'd start to provide some analysis on each player slated to be on the team this year, starting in goal and working my way out. I'll try to do one a day, but life happenings may prohibit this. Mods, if you deem necessary, you can merge this with another thread, but I'd really appreciate if it were left on its own, to make it easier to track and allow people to comment on.

I'll begin:

Goaltender
Steve Mason
Age: 24
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 223 lbs
How Acquired: Drafted 3rd round, 69th overall, 2006 NHL draft.

Analysis: A story we all know too well is Steve Mason's. We will all likely look back on this entire thing and realize how poorly he was brought along. After only appearing in 12 games as an OHL rookie, Mason was selected surprisingly high at the NHL draft. Oozing obvious talent, he would go on to help lead the Kitchener Rangers to the 2008 Memorial Cup tournament (eventually won by the Spokane Chiefs!), though he did miss the entire tournament due to injury. Mason's first year pro started out much the same way, missing the first month of the season due to the same knee injury. Mason was then rushed to the NHL on an emergency recall, due to Pascal Leclaire going down to another injury (and a lack of depth in the system overall). Surprisingly, Mason would go on to record 10 shutouts as a rookie, and would lead the team to the first playoff berth in franchise history.

Subsequently, Mason was thrust into the team's starting role the following season, and was expected to carry much of the team's workload. Without much of a backup plan, Mason and the Jackets struggled for much of the season. This has continued to be the case in the subsequent two years, which has left the Jackets, their fans, and the rest of the NHL, questioning the entire process, and also questioning Steve Mason's future in the league.

Pros: Big frame, still young.
Cons: Derailed easily, gives up poor rebounds, weak glove

Realistic Expectation: Mason should be the backup goaltender for us this year, and even that has to be considered questionable at this point. The team doesn't trust him any longer, and one has to wonder when the change will come - hopefully for the good of both the team and the player. He is still young enough that, perhaps with the right mentor, he could become a serviceable goalie in this league. At this point, however, that seems to be a long way off.

Sore Loser 09-03-2012 01:36 PM

Goaltender
Sergei Bobrovsky
Age: 23
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190
How Acquired: Trade with Philadelphia, June 22, 2012; in exchange for three draft picks (45th overall, 2012 (Anthony Stolarz), 117th overall (Taylor Leier), and Phoenix's 2013 4th rounder)

Analysis: The goaltender known as "Bob" stepped onto the scene with the Flyers prior to the 2010-11 season. After going undrafted, Bobrovksy was signed to an entry level contract by the Flyers in May of that year. He was expected to start the season with the team's AHL affiliate in Adirondack, however he surprised the team's brass at training camp and not only earned a spot on the opening night roster, but was also named the team's starter at just 22 years of age. After an impressive season that saw him splitting time with Brian Boucher, Bobrovsky and the Flyers struggled in the playoffs and he was eventually replaced in net by Boucher as the team struggled mightily.

That offseason, the Flyers signed Ilya Bryzgalov to a 9 year contract, essentially putting the writing on the wall for Bob. With a significant decrease in production, Bobrovsky appeared in 29 games for the Flyers, seeing his save percentage drop below 90%, and his goals against average ballooning to 3.02.

Pros: Big frame, still young, good puck stopper, works hard, is a great guy in the locker room, and is hard to rattle.
Cons: Still has to learn the fundamentals of pro hockey, still a growing player

Realistic Expectation: Bobrovsky comes to the Jackets with a clean slate and the expectation that he will be at least somewhat an improvement over Steve Mason. On a team that generally has no aspirations of competing for a Cup anytime soon, the pressure coming off of Bobrovksy's shoulders is immense, and should immediately help in his development. It's safe to say that he's a good "1B" type goalie in the NHL at this point, and that he does have the potential to be a quality starter for us at some point down the road. If a good enough mentor is brought in, I definitely think we will turn out to be the winners of this deal with the Flyers, as Bob is a quality kid with great talent and a tough to match compete level.

EspenK 09-03-2012 02:51 PM

Reading Bob's bio, it is frighteningly similar to Mason's. Great start -then slump. Hopefully he comes out of his.

ZachACA 09-03-2012 03:16 PM

Everyone I've heard that talks about Bob says he pretty much got screwed over by PHI and his talent and work ethic will help him succeed elsewhere.

Roadman 09-03-2012 03:25 PM

Let's hope Ian Clark can work magic with both.

Really don't want to turn to SPR again for goaltending.

LetsGOJackets!! 09-03-2012 09:40 PM

Ian Clarke better do something..
 
don't know if magic is the right term but I'm tired of being down three soft goals in the first 5 - 10 shots..

I know we can do better.. we have to do better

Sore Loser 09-03-2012 10:13 PM

Defenseman
Tim Erixon
Age: 21
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 205
How Acquired: Trade with New York Rangers, July 23rd, 2012 (along with Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, and NYR 2013 1st round pick - in exchange for Rick Nash, Stephen Delisle, and a conditional 2013 3rd round pick)

Analysis: Tim Erixon was originally selected in the first round (23rd overall) by the Calgary Flames at the 2009 NHL Draft. Originally born in Port Chester, NY, Tim's father is former Rangers defenseman Jan Erixon. After Jan's retirement, the family relocated back to Jan's home country, Sweden, where Tim was raised and honed his hockey skills. After being drafted by the Flames, Tim refused to sign with them and demanded a trade to the Rangers, who saw the potential that lay within and sent two second round picks (Markus Granlund, Tyler Wotherspoon) to Calgary, along with prospect Roman Horak, in exchange for his rights. Erixon immediately signed on with the Rangers, the franchise with which he spent the last year. He appeared in 18 games in the Big Apple, recording 2 assists and 8 penalty minutes. With the team's AHL affiliate in Connecticut, Erixon scored 3 goals and 33 points in 52 games.

Pros: Big, mobile skater, can play physical if he has to, good shot
Cons: Not a huge upside, can he produce at the NHL level?

Realistic Expectation: While he may be the early centerpiece of returnees for the only star player we've ever seen in Columbus, we have to keep our hopes for Tim Erixon in some check for now. He's a big kid with a lot of upside, but he is still very much learning the game. Top side potential, I think we have a good second pairing guy here, who can give us maybe 20-25 quality minutes on a nightly basis, and could possibly develop into a second unit powerplay quarterback. I would compare his style with that of Paul Martin, though it will be tough for him to reach that level. For this season, I think it's safe to pencil Tim in for a #6 or #7 spot on the roster, depending on many variables.

Sore Loser 09-03-2012 10:27 PM

Defenseman
Ryan Murray
Age: 19
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 198 lbs
How Acquired: Drafted 2nd overall at 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Foreword: I've had the fortunate pleasure of watching Ryan Murray play hockey since he was 15 years old, and in that time I've seen him play easily 150+ times. I've broken apart every aspect of his game, and I can honestly say that there are no glaring weaknesses in his game. While I thought we could have maybe used Alex Galchenyuk a little bit more, I could not have been more thrilled to see us select Ryan with the #2 overall pick.

Analysis: After being selected 9th overall at the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft, Murray burst onto the scene just over 18 months later with the Everett Silvertips, and made an immediate impact as a 16 year old player. Murray's 3+ years in the WHL have seen him produce 104 points in 168 games, to go along with excellent two-way play and amazing leadership qualities. Murray's play earned him the team's captaincy as a 17 year old, something that I can attest doesn't happen every day in the WHL. He also won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships.

Pros: Elite level skater, great positioning, underrated offensive instincts, solid passer, superb leadership qualities
Cons: Size will be a question mark, nothing really flashy about his game

Realistic Expectations: I'll come right out and say that I think Ryan Murray makes this team this season. I know he's good enough to do so, and he has the desire to play at the highest level. I think he's very close to NHL ready, and can certainly play on our third pair alongside a guy like Adrian Aucoin. Should he be sent back to junior, he'll be sent back to a hungry Everett team that should compete much harder on a nightly basis, a situation that should see him excel. Future potential: this guy is a top-pairing defenseman with some powerplay skill, top penalty kill unit skill, and captain written all over him. If he gets anywhere near as good as he should, nobody's feelings will be hurt about losing the draft lottery, or passing up on Galchenyuk.

Sore Loser 09-04-2012 10:14 PM

Defenseman
Adrian Aucoin
Age: 39
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 208
How Acquired: Signed as a free agent to a one year contract on July 1, 2012.

Analysis: A real NHL journeyman, Aucoin has spent time with 6 other NHL teams, including the Vancouver Canucks, who drafted him 117th overall back in 1992. Aucoin has seemingly lost a step over the past couple of years, however he does have some aspects to his game that will be hugely important in aiding along some of the young defense prospects that the Blue Jackets have in line. Aucoin is a veteran of 1,072 NHL games, and during that time he has posted 121 goals, 395 points, and 777 penalty minutes. Aucoin's best seasons came in 1998/99, in which he scored a career high 23 goals, and in 2003/04, when he scored 44 points. Throughout the years he has struggled to stay healthy from time to time, however has proven himself a valuable contributor on the back end, and even surprisingly as a shootout specialist.

Pros: Booming shot from the point, plays the right side, cagey veteran on a team of youngsters
Cons: Skating will be concerning, has never been a dominant physical player, has to stay healthy

Realistic Expectations: With the depth and talent this team has finally assembled on the blueline, I think it's a fair expectation to see AA play in 55-60 games on the team's third pair. There is no secret about it - he was brought in to help coach some of the young prospects on the team, and I think specifically Ryan Murray. Aucoin should be a guy that plays on the second powerplay unit, and will have to be a verbal leader that is willing to do what is right for the team. This is likely his last stop in the NHL, so one could hope that he will want to leave a lasting legacy.

Sore Loser 09-04-2012 11:56 PM

Defenseman
Nikita Nikitin
Age: 26
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 217 lbs
How Acquired: Trade with the St. Louis Blues (in exchange for Kris Russell), November 10th, 2011

Analysis: After being drafted 136th overall in 2004, Nikita Nikitin was a little bit lost in the mix with the Blues, playing just 48 games over two seasons with the team that drafted him. With only 9 points during his time in St. Louis, many (including yours truly) were scratching their heads at the thought of acquiring Nikitin for a still promising young player in Kris Russell. After the trade, he was quick to prove skeptics wrong, scoring an impressive 32 points in 54 games with the Blue Jackets, immediately becoming one of the more reliable defenders on the team. With solid play at both ends, the Jackets were quick to reward Nikitin with a 2 year contract extension which will pay him $4.3 million over the length of the contract.

Pros: Another big defenseman, good mobility, good shot, surprising all-around skill
Cons: Could be more physical, could stand to be more aggressive overall

Realistic Expectation: Nikitin should return as a second pairing defenseman for the team, though I don't think it's fair to expect the same kind of output from him over the course of an 82 game season. He will have to find a way to avoid being a victim of the "short season curse" as I like to call it; one that includes the likes of Grant Clitsome and Duvie Westcott - guys who have great stretches and earn contract extensions, but struggle to live up to them. One thing Nikita has going for him is the fact that the team won't be fully leaning on him to play top pairing minutes, which may have been the downfall of guys in the past. Expect second pairing powerplay and penalty kill time for Nikitin, and a good quality 20-22 minutes a night. Unfortunately, I think we have seen the peak of this player, though I would love to be proven wrong.

Sore Loser 09-05-2012 09:03 PM

Defenseman
James Wisniewski
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 205
Age: 28
How Acquired: Signed to a 6 year contract, July 1st, 2011

Analysis: After the Chicago Blackhawks took a flyer at the 2002 draft and selected kid playing for his hometown Plymouth Whalers, James Wisniewski would step his game up considerably and captain the Whalers the following season. Wisniewski would also lead the team's defense corps (and finishing third overall amongst defensemen) in scoring with 17 goals and 70 points in only 50 games. For the next 2+ seasons, Wisniewksi honed his skills in the AHL before earning a shot at the NHL level with the upstart Blackhawks, playing on a team that already featured such talent as Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook (and a then-budding young prospect named Dustin Byfuglien). While battling for ice time, "Wiz" would go on to post 13 goals, 56 points, and a scrappy 192 penalty minutes in 168 games with the team. After improving steadily during two seasons with the Anaheim Ducks, he broke onto the scene in 2010-11 and scored 10 goals and 51 points in 75 games split between the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens, good enough for sixth amongst NHL blueliners in scoring. That summer, the Jackets dealt a conditional draft pick to the Canadiens for early negotiating rights with Wisniewski, who signed with the team just before the start of free agency.

Pros: Booming shot (one of the best in the NHL), good skater, physical/feisty player that sticks up for teammates
Cons: Smallish, defensive play can leave you scratching your head, takes undisciplined penalties

Realistic Expectations: I think Wisniewski is another victim of being thrown to the wolves in the wrong role. He was signed to be the team's standout #1 defenseman, and he simply isn't capable of that role. With a good defensive defenseman next to him (Jack Johnson could be that guy), Wiz is capable of scoring 50+ points from the blueline, though he is a defensive liability. I think he's one of the top powerplay quarterbacks in the league, but he will need some talent around him to get full use of his services.

Sore Loser 09-05-2012 09:18 PM

Defenseman
Jack Johnson
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 230
Age: 25
How Acquired: Trade from LA Kings (along with 2013 first round pick) in exchange for Jeff Carter, February 23rd, 2012

Analysis: Often forgotten in many circles, Johnson was actually selected 3rd overall at the 2005 NHL draft. The two players picked before him? Sidney Crosby and Bobby Ryan. Clearly thought of as a potential franchise defenseman, Johnson came from the same development program, at Shattuck-St. Mary's, as did Crosby. After choosing to spend his sophomore season at the University of Michigan, Johnson's rights were traded by the team that drafted him (Carolina) to the LA Kings. At the time, the Kings were in the midst of a rebuild, and were happy to get the rights to the promising youngster. Johnson set numerous records for the Wolverines in the meantime, including points by a freshman defenseman (32), PIMs by a freshman (149), goals by a sophomore (16), and was named CCHA defenseman of the year in 2007.

Johnson joined the LA Kings full time at the start of the 2007-08 season, and spent more than four seasons with the team, often paired alongside superstar defender Drew Doughty. After being acquired by the Blue Jackets in the blockbuster deal that sent Jeff Carter to the Kings, a new Jack Johnson seemed to emerge - one that was more motivated, harder to play against, and generally a better player.

Pros: Can do it all - be it hitting, shooting, passing, or leading; plays well at both ends of the ice
Cons: Never has had a standout sort of season, plus/minus ratings have been epic in the wrong direction, conditioning has come into question before

Realistic Expectations: Personally, I don't feel last season's late push was a fluke. I think playing alongside a guy like Drew Doughty is tougher than it looks, and Jack was simply not the right guy for that task, as he too likes to join the rush and create offense. Perhaps the trade to the Jackets is just what he needed, as the reigns came off a bit and he was able to play his own personal brand of hockey. For the first time in our team's history, I think we have a legitimate #1 defenseman, one that is capable of eating up 28-30+ minutes a night. Don't be surprised if he's named the new captain, and don't be surprised if he helps bring a whole new look to the team.

Nordique 09-06-2012 09:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EspenK (Post 54058863)
Reading Bob's bio, it is frighteningly similar to Mason's. Great start -then slump. Hopefully he comes out of his.

Bob struggled in his first post season after an outstanding first year, so did Mason.

The difference is Bob was promptly demoted when Bryz was given the job the following year. Mason was given 3 more seasons, and has progressively gotten worse.

I don't want to downplay Bob poor performance in the post season 2010/2011, but its not on the same level as 3 years of bad play.

candyman82 09-06-2012 01:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nordique (Post 54127851)
Bob struggled in his first post season after an outstanding first year, so did Mason.

The difference is Bob was promptly demoted when Bryz was given the job the following year. Mason was given 3 more seasons, and has progressively gotten worse.

I don't want to downplay Bob poor performance in the post season 2010/2011, but its not on the same level as 3 years of bad play.

Not to mention that he was a rookie in his first NHL playoffs.

Sore Loser 09-06-2012 11:38 PM

On to the forwards...
 
Left Wing
Colton Gillies
Age: 23
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 208 lbs
How Acquired: Claimed via waivers from Minnesota, January 14th, 2012

Analysis: The nephew of NHL Hall of Famer Clark Gillies, the hulking winger was originally selected 2nd overall at the 2004 WHL bantam draft, by the Saskatoon Blades. Though never a dominant offensive player at the junior level, the Minnesota Wild thought highly enough of Gillies to select him 16th overall at the 2007 NHL draft. After 89 games over three seasons, Gillies was placed on waivers by the Wild and claimed by the Blue Jackets, who were desperate for some help, any way they could get it. Gillies stepped into a fourth line role for the Jackets and performed as expected - with physical play and not much else. Gillies is a decent up and down player, and certainly still has some potential ahead of him.

Pros: Size, physical play, great shot with a surprising release
Cons: Skating, doesn't use his shot enough, doesn't add much other than depth

Realistic Expectations: Those who think Gillies will be sent packing are probably going to be disappointed - I think he remains with the team as a #13 or #14 forward, to provide depth in the lineup and some physical play when needed. I don't think guys like this are bad to have around; if he works hard enough, he will at least push some of the other depth players for ice time. Competition among these guys is never a bad thing, and Gillies is the kind of guy that will provide that.

Sore Loser 09-06-2012 11:49 PM

Right Wing
Jared Boll
Age: 26
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 219
How Acquired: Drafted 101st overall, 2005

Analysis: Jared Boll returns as the longest tenured player on the roster, and will almost have to improve his role in some way to retain his spot for much longer. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Jared was raised mostly in Crystal Lake, Ill. Choosing to go the US collegiate route originally, Jared eventually turned down an offer to play at the University of Minnesota-Duluth to play for the OHL's Plymouth Whalers. The Jackets took a flyer on him and Jared debuted with the team in 2007 and has been here ever since. Though not big enough to be a heavyweight in the NHL, he has certainly shown the willingness to take on any combatant to stick up for his teammates, which has become the trademark of his career thus far. Jared is the type of player that every coach likes to have on the bench, as he keeps the opposition honest.

Pros: Size, willing to drop the gloves, middle name is Rittenhouse
Cons: Skating, hands of stone, should attempt to learn a different role or two.

Realistic Expectations: Expect Jared to play on the team's fourth line and possibly battle to stay in the lineup from time to time. With the team's new-found gritty attitude, it will be necessary to have an enforcer in the lineup in case the games get chippy, though there are some guys coming up in the system that will be ready to step into the same role (and do it cheaper, and with likely more upside) in the coming seasons. For Jared to retain his spot, he will almost definitely need to add either a scoring touch or improved two-way play.

TheDrizzle81 09-07-2012 06:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nordique (Post 54127851)
Bob struggled in his first post season after an outstanding first year, so did Mason.

The difference is Bob was promptly demoted when Bryz was given the job the following year. Mason was given 3 more seasons, and has progressively gotten worse.

I don't want to downplay Bob poor performance in the post season 2010/2011, but its not on the same level as 3 years of bad play.

and the flyers team defense was just terrible that post season as well.

bizzz* 09-07-2012 01:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sore Loser (Post 54099077)
Defenseman
Nikita Nikitin
Age: 26
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 217 lbs
How Acquired: Trade with the St. Louis Blues (in exchange for Kris Russell), November 10th, 2011

...
Realistic Expectation: Nikitin should return as a second pairing defenseman for the team, though I don't think it's fair to expect the same kind of output from him over the course of an 82 game season. He will have to find a way to avoid being a victim of the "short season curse" as I like to call it; one that includes the likes of Grant Clitsome and Duvie Westcott - guys who have great stretches and earn contract extensions, but struggle to live up to them. One thing Nikita has going for him is the fact that the team won't be fully leaning on him to play top pairing minutes, which may have been the downfall of guys in the past. Expect second pairing powerplay and penalty kill time for Nikitin, and a good quality 20-22 minutes a night. Unfortunately, I think we have seen the peak of this player, though I would love to be proven wrong.

Comparing Nikitin to Westcott and Clitsome is complitely off the line. It's unfair. Nikitin was well known in Europe, he was a top-4 defenseman for the one of the best KHL teams for a wile and played for the Avangard since he was 18, wile Duvie couldn't earn a spot on the Dinamo Minsk, the Blue Jackets of the KHL. St.Louis brass was pushing hard to get Nikitin out of the KHL and they knew what they were getting, if Duvie or Clitsome played there no one in the NHL would have bothered to make an effort to bring them back. They jumped over their heads and earned NHL contracts from the Jackets, wile Nikitin after a year in NA just started playing like he's capable of. Different level, different situations, differen skill sets. Last year wasn't the pick of his career, that was just beginning of the new stage.

pete goegan 09-07-2012 01:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bizoncol (Post 54155503)
Comparing Nikitin to Westcott and Clitsome is complitely off the line. It's unfair. Nikitin was well known in Europe, he was a top-4 defenseman for the one of the best KHL teams for a wile and played for the Avangard since he was 18, wile Duvie couldn't earn a spot on the Dinamo Minsk, the Blue Jackets of the KHL. St.Louis brass was pushing hard to get Nikitin out of the KHL and they knew what they were getting, if Duvie or Clitsome played there no one in the NHL would have bothered to make an effort to bring them back. They jumped over their heads and earned NHL contracts from the Jackets, wile Nikitin after a year in NA just started playing like he's capable of. Different level, different situations, differen skill sets. Last year wasn't the pick of his career, that was just beginning of the new stage.

Sure hope you're right, biz!

candyman82 09-07-2012 01:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bizoncol (Post 54155503)
Comparing Nikitin to Westcott and Clitsome is complitely off the line. It's unfair. Nikitin was well known in Europe, he was a top-4 defenseman for the one of the best KHL teams for a wile and played for the Avangard since he was 18, wile Duvie couldn't earn a spot on the Dinamo Minsk, the Blue Jackets of the KHL. St.Louis brass was pushing hard to get Nikitin out of the KHL and they knew what they were getting, if Duvie or Clitsome played there no one in the NHL would have bothered to make an effort to bring them back. They jumped over their heads and earned NHL contracts from the Jackets, wile Nikitin after a year in NA just started playing like he's capable of. Different level, different situations, differen skill sets. Last year wasn't the pick of his career, that was just beginning of the new stage.

http://www.theunionblue.com/2012/08/...vert-clitsome/

Sore Loser 09-08-2012 12:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bizoncol (Post 54155503)
Comparing Nikitin to Westcott and Clitsome is complitely off the line. It's unfair. Nikitin was well known in Europe, he was a top-4 defenseman for the one of the best KHL teams for a wile and played for the Avangard since he was 18, wile Duvie couldn't earn a spot on the Dinamo Minsk, the Blue Jackets of the KHL. St.Louis brass was pushing hard to get Nikitin out of the KHL and they knew what they were getting, if Duvie or Clitsome played there no one in the NHL would have bothered to make an effort to bring them back. They jumped over their heads and earned NHL contracts from the Jackets, wile Nikitin after a year in NA just started playing like he's capable of. Different level, different situations, differen skill sets. Last year wasn't the pick of his career, that was just beginning of the new stage.

Fair enough ;) - hope you're right.

Sore Loser 09-08-2012 12:18 AM

Center
Derek MacKenzie
Age: 31
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180 lbs
How Acquired: Signed as an unrestricted free agent, 2007

Analysis: Through mostly effort and hard work, Derek has forged a somewhat respectable professional career as a two-way center. After being selected 128th overall by Atlanta in the 1999 NHL draft, MacKenzie would go on to a lengthy career in the American Hockey League. Never getting much opportunity for ice in Atlanta, MacKenzie sought a fresh start with the Blue Jackets, a move that has paid off moderately. Seemingly locked in as the team's fourth line center for the coming season, MacKenzie should be leaned upon to be one of the team's penalty killing forwards, and should also be a key defensive zone player in 5 on 5 play.

Pros: Reliable defensively, works tirelessly, can be a leader by example
Cons: Not much skill, small for a role player.

Realistic Expectation: I like MacKenzie and what he brings, but he is what he is - a journeyman fourth line center. We should be expecting nothing more, but there are times when he shows flashes of a higher end player. Definitely the kind of guy you want around in a rebuild (which, no matter what anyone says, is what's going on here); he will keep things competitive on effort alone, and makes guys who take shifts off look bad. I'm looking at you, Jeff Carter :amazed:

Sore Loser 09-08-2012 12:27 AM

Right Wing
Derek Dorsett
Age: 25
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 192 lbs
How Acquired: Selected 189th overall, 2006 NHL Draft.

Analysis: Kindersley, Saskatchewan is by no means an oasis for budding hockey superstars, however it has produced two gritty players who have played for the Blue Jackets in recent years. Derek Dorsett is one (bonus points for anyone who can name the other - without Googling!), and the smallish forward has begun to emerge as one of the shining faces of the new CBJ attitude. With a league-leading 235 penalty minutes, Derek certainly proved he isn't afraid to take on a checking role, and also was a willing combatant to some of the league's toughest fighters (serious note: the John Scott fight was a poor decision). However, in spite of the serious time in the sin bin, Derek also produced a respectable 12 goals, and was certainly one of the team's most reliable forwards when it comes to effort. Though small for a player in his role, Dorsett is the kind of guy that every team hates to play against - he finishes his checks, battles nonstop, and simply gets under their skin.

Pros: Feisty, scrappy, goes 100% all of the time
Cons: Small, struggles to stay healthy, needs to pick his spots better as he's actually a solid player when he's not in the box.

Realistic Expectation: I expect a bit of a breakout from Derek Dorsett in the coming years. I saw him a bit in Medicine Hat, and obviously we've all seen him in Columbus; I think there's some un-tapped talent with this guy, and he just needs the right role to bring it out. This is the reason I think the team could have used a big enforcer; as it would take him out of the fighting role and allow him to play his game - which I would liken to that of Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins. I think he can be that effective (though, not that productive) if he plays the game his way, and isn't trying to do too much. I think Derek is a guy that can be a very good third line right wing in the right circumstances; a 20-20-150 kind of player.

Viqsi 09-08-2012 04:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sore Loser (Post 54169047)
Kindersley, Saskatchewan is by no means an oasis for budding hockey superstars, however it has produced two gritty players who have played for the Blue Jackets in recent years. Derek Dorsett is one (bonus points for anyone who can name the other - without Googling!)

I just skipped the middleman and went straight to Wikipedia. :laugh: The guy in question didn't grow up in Kindersley, tho (was born but not raised there - kind of like how Boll is ostensibly "from" North Carolina but really spent his childhood years in Illinois), so does he really count? :)

Sore Loser 09-08-2012 09:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Viqsi (Post 54179029)
I just skipped the middleman and went straight to Wikipedia. :laugh: The guy in question didn't grow up in Kindersley, tho (was born but not raised there - kind of like how Boll is ostensibly "from" North Carolina but really spent his childhood years in Illinois), so does he really count? :)

Cheater!

It counts, as much as "Rittenhouse" counts as a pro.


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