|Can the Blue Jackets Finally Sting?||Tweet|
|Written by Jeff Angus|
|Friday, 18 July 2008 03:13|
Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson has had a very busy off-season so far. He has made a big splash on both the free agent market and the trade front. Rick Nash finally has some legitimate linemates to play with, and Nash has shown what he can do with good linemates while playing internationally. It is put up or shut up time for the potential 50-goal scorer.
Incoming RJ Umberger is a very versatile playmaker that will fit very well with Nash, either at center or on the right side. Prospect Derick Brassard is the one to watch, though. His skill level is through the roof, and word is the Jackets want to use him a lot next year. He is a natural center who will be a big time point-producer, but Columbus may be conservative with him. After Umberger and Brassard, Kristian Huselius is one to watch. He was a great signing and is an incredibly gifted player. He played left wing in Calgary, but the Jackets will slide him over to the right side to play with Nash – at least temporarily. He will put up 70 points regardless where he slots in.
This team is on the way up. Kris Russell is the young guy to watch here. He outshone third overall pick Cam Barker in junior, and is one of the smartest prospect to come up in a long time. He is small, but never gets hit because he is so sound fundamentally. Russell is fast and small, but he is more of a two-way guy than a pure offensive threat. Hopefully the Jackets give him an opportunity to play some big minutes – he will definitely surprise if so.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2008 18:11|