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12-12-2012, 06:48 PM
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April 14, 2013

Despite an heroic run in which the Blue Jackets climbed their way all the way up to 7th in the Western Conference, the young Columbus team would fall back to earth, losing 9 of their last 10 games, capping it off with a pair of 2-1 losses to the Sharks and the Wild.

The lone victory over the final 10 games came against division powerhouse, the St. Louis Blues. The Blues dominated the first period, but goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky held the Blues scoreless despite a 20-2 shot advantage. The Blues would score early into the 2nd on a powerplay with Marc Savard tipping a point shot past Bobrovsky and the Blues would hold the lead for the remainder of the period.

On the first shift in the 3rd, St. Louis Blues defenseman Zdeno Chara ran Derek Dorsett from behind, knocking the winger out for the remainder of the season and earning Chara a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. The Blue Jackets would make the most of it, scoring 3 goals on the power play, including a Jack Johnson wrist shot that beat Jaroslav Halak just 6 seconds into the man-advantage. The Blue Jackets would go onto win the game 4-1 with an empty net goal by Cam Atkinson, marking the first win over St. Louis this season.

The Springfield Falcons, Columbus' AHL affiliate, has already clinched their division, so Blue Jackets fans will be tingling with anticipation to see how the Blue Jackets prospects do in the Calder Cup playoffs.

R.J. Umberger managed to hold on to win his first ever Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy with 36 goals this season, edging out 2011 first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (35 goals) for the honour.

The Blue Jackets now look forward to the draft, where they hold three 1st round picks (#5 Columbus, #7 New York Rangers, and #12 Los Angeles) along with their own 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7ths picks. Since the New York Rangers missed the playoffs, the Blue Jackets must surrender the conditional 3rd round pick that was contingent on the Blue Shirts making the Stanley Cup Finals as part of the Rick Nash trade this summer.

Based on current International Scouting Services rankings, the Blue Jackets would end up with defenseman Ryan Pulock, center Hunter Shinkaruk, and defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen with their first round picks. Blue Jackets management won't reveal their cards yet, however, refusing to comment when asked about their draft strategy.

ISS Top 30 - April 2013

#1 - C Nathan Mackinnon
#2 - C Sean Monahan
#3 - C Aleksander Barkov
#4 - G Jacob Riley
#5 - RD Ryan Pulock
#6 - LW Kerby Rychel
#7 - C Hunter Shinkaruk
#8 - LW Morgan Klimchuk
#9 - C Max Domi
#10 - LW Adam Erne
#11 - RD Rasmus Ristolainen
#12 - C Curtis Lazar
#13 - LD Shea Theodore
#14 - G Zachary Fucale
#15 - G Eric Comrie
#16 - LD Ben Harpur
#17 - C Bo Horvat
#18 - LD Darnell Nurse
#19 - G Spencer Martin
#20 - C Dane Fox
#21 - G Deven Dubyk
#22 - C Myles Doan
#23 - G Mike Morrison
#24 - G Brandon Stone
#25 - G Robin Gusse
#26 - G Braden Gamble
#27 - G Mackenzie Skapski
#28 - RD Jan Kostalek
#29 - LW Juuso Ikonen
#30 - LW Viktor Arvidsson

(P.S. I hate how you can make guys 0.5 stars and EA still boosts them into the first round )

2012-2013 Columbus Blue Jackets Season Summary
Record39-40-3 (81)26th
Goals For2353rd
Goals Against22927th
Powerplay Efficiency17.0%13th
Penalty Kill Efficiency74.3%30th

Umberger, R.J.8236225820
Prospal, Vaclav822031515
Wisniewski, James8113304323
Dubinsky, Brandon742320437
Brassard, Derick821229418
Anisimov, Artem8217213811
Johnson, Jack798283610
Foligno, Nick76121830-1
Tyutin, Fedor7772330-5
Atkinson, Cam82131427-10
Johansen, Ryan721015257
Dorsett, Derek80131023-4
Mackenzie, Derek8071219-6
Murray, Ryan772151711
Aucoin, Adrian7031417-4
Letestu, Mark4498177
Boll, Jared508614-5
Calvert, Matt427613-11
Nikitin, Nikita504610-5
Moore, John153584
Savard, David42088-11
Gillies, Colton403257
Prout, Dalton51121
Kubalik, Tomas10101-2
Erixon, Tim20112
Mason, Steve17-23-12.7891.0%2
Bobrovsky, Sergei14-11-22.6291.2%0
York, Allen8-6-02.3691.2%2

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