If the Blue Jackets can point to an unqualified success story so far in the 2013 season, it has to be Mark Letestu. Leading the club in goals and tied for second overall in points, it's quite a ways from leaving Western Michigan as an undrafted free agent.
Finishing the second year of a 2 year, $1.3 million dollar deal that he originally signed in Pittsburgh, he's going to be looking for a new deal, and there are reasons to want to keep him in Columbus. (And before you freak out, yeah, it's only 13 games and I'm talking about resigning a pending free agent, but we're also looking at a season that ends in two months. There's no such thing as too soon for these discussions.)
Versatile, hard working, and defensively responsible, "Test Tube" seems like the poster boy for John Davidson and Todd Richards' vision of how the Blue Jackets should play. On the other hand, as much as I'd love to say "Well, if he works out to a 28 point guy in 46 games, he'd probably be a 50+ point guy next season", the math doesn't add up.
Mark Letesu - Buy Low, Don't Sign High
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