I recently looked at how the Blue Jackets fared at full strength in the goal department with each of their defensemen, so, with nothing else going on, I decided to do the same for their forwards.
Once again, I used 5 vs 5 data as most of every game is spent in that situation, and over the course of an 82 game schedule you get a pretty large sample size to work with.
A few notes:
– Ryan Johansen was simply excellent in 2013-14. They scored more goals with him on the ice at full strength than anyone else, and he posted the best differential on the team. I think he’s just scratching the surface of his potential, so the Blue Jackets really need to get him re-signed.
– Besides Jared Boll, who somehow landed a three-year deal, R.J. Umberger posted the worst 5 vs 5 goal differential on the team. I didn’t table his numbers, but Scott Hartnell was 2nd on Philadelphia with a plus-16 goal differential at full strength.
– Boone Jenner’s numbers are quite encouraging. He seemed to get better and better as the year went on, and there’s no reason that trend shouldn’t continue. I said the same about Ryan Murray, but when rookies are facing established NHL players and coming out positive in the goals department, that’s always a good sign. Jackets posts Columbus Blue Jackets 5 vs 5 Goals Data: Defense Are things about to turn ugly between Blue Jackets, Johansen? Sonny Milano is heading to Plymouth Who should be captain? Devils posts On the NHL’s best forward/defense duos On the NHL’s best forward duos New Jersey Devils 5 vs 5 Goals Data: Forwards
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