Columbus VS Minnesota & Views From a Blue Jacket Fan

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild are both expansion teams from 2 years ago. They have decided to take two different paths. Columbus is getting prepared for long run success while Minnesota is trying to become effective earlier.

TEAM BESTS

Wild Jackets

Leader- Ronning Dineen

Skilled- Gaborik Klesla

D-Man- Kuba Klesla

Offensive Player- Gaborik Marshall

Defensive Player- Ronning Sillinger

Shot Blocker- Benysek Lachance

Toughness- Johnson Shelley

Faceoffs- Walz Sillinger

Speed- Gaborik Sanderson

Columbus:

Goal- Marc Denis will handle most of the load this year with the departure of Ron Tugnutt. Expect a career year.

Defense: With the maturity of Rosti Klesla and the aquisitions of Lachance and Richardson they should have a fairly solid core.

Offense: Columbus still needs a prolific goal scorer but will have to settle with Geoff Sanderson and Grant Marshall. Look for Doug Maclean to be active during the season.

Minnesota:

Goal- Dwayne Roloson played very well for the Wild last year and should get the nod for the starter.

Defense- Filup Kuba was under-rated until becoming a Wild player. He has good offensive as well as defensive skills, he is the QB of the Wild’s powerplay.

Offense: The Minnesota are building differently then the Jackets, they wabt offense right away and have such with Gaborik, Brunette, Ronning and Kuba.

News and Views from a Jackets Fan

The Jackets have made several moves over the last few months that I believe will create a competitive team soon. Gone from the team are Brett Harkins, Robert Kron, and Deron Quint. All of these players were defensive liabilities and while a few, notably Timmander, were fan faves, the fact that they are gone is a plus for the Jackets. I think that the fact that management is willing to part with these players and their salaries is encouraging. The signing ofd Luke Richardson, Scott Lachance, and the maturing of Klesla will make the Jackets much better on the blue line and the drafting of Nash will help greatly in the scoring catagory. Watching Nash in development camp this week has only proven to me that Nash will indeed be a star in the NHL. It may not be this year, but it will be soon. The biggest question in my head is if Denis is ready to take over netminder duties from Tugnut. Two young goaltenders such as Denis and Pascal Leclaire may either make it or break it for the Jackets over the next few years. Will they make the playoffs this year. I hope they will but I have my doubts. However, I think they have the components to cause a ripple in the league in a year or two. Look how bad Ottawa was in their first few years.


9 Responses to Columbus VS Minnesota & Views From a Blue Jacket Fan

  1. Bigman says:

    wich blue jackets piece????????? And why would you appreciate it???????????????? I was just wondering

  2. wingerx says:

    its nice to see something from a Blue Jackets fan. and the subject of this article is kind of fun…i’m not sure of Ronning’s defensive capabilities however. I agree with the assessment that Minnesota is trying for a little more early success…I think the Ronning signing was evidence of that. But these clubs still have some rebuilding to go, and in a few years, they could be serious thorns in the sides of the major contenders.

  3. TC_4 says:

    I’m pulling for Columbus a lot more than Minnesota. Simply because they have a better name, and better jerseys!!! But seriously, Columbus looks like they’re trying to get something going with their team, as they have brought in a good group of free agents the last three years. Tuggnutt and Odelin the first season, Sillinger last year, and Richardson and Lachance yesterday. And I like the way they have chosen their prospects, they’ve drafted for defense, goaltending, and this year forward in their first three drafts. Very good moves by MacLean. I think that the Wild are going to be a typical Jaques Lemaire team, won’t play with any emotion, and play like the German Olympic team. So my guess is that Columbus will be better in the future years, but right now, it’s pretty even.

  4. TheDevil says:

    I despise expansion teams, they suck, period.

    Take Anaheim for example: I just think they should be demoted to Hollywood, hire Emilio Estevez as coach, and sign Alexander Daigle for a part where he finally gets all the spotlight for being a “the star centerman of the movie” fullfilling his dreams of stardom.

    The only fun expansion team of the 90s are the Sharks – especially if they sign Fleury to be their new mascot.

  5. rrudd says:

    you’re kidding about the name and the jerseys, right?

  6. rrudd says:

    So you hate everyone except the Original Six?

  7. rrudd says:

    is everyone here confident roloson will get the nod over fernandez?

  8. aaron says:

    What about Ottawa? They’re a good team.

    Anaheim was good for a little while. Florida made it to the Cup Finals. Tampa and Atlanta have some good young talent. Minnesota was contending for a playoff spot most of the season. Nashville had an off year, but isn’t horrible. If you want to go just on record, the Isles, Hawks, and Habs are some of the teams in recent years that should have been kicked from the league, and the Wings should never had made it out of the ’70s.

  9. habs_88_4life says:

    Roloson proved to be better than Fernandez last year when Fernandez stumbled. Roloson has been a journey-man throughout most of his career but may have found his confidence and become the goalie Calgary thought they were drafting.

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