The Columbus Blue Jackets made one of the bigger trades this summer following the best season in their history. After setting Columbus records for wins (50) and points (108), the Blue Jackets acquired left wing Artemi Panarin in a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks on June 23. Panarin should bolster the Columbus power play, which ranked 12th in the NHL last season (19.9 percent). The Blue Jackets had a 16-game winning streak from Nov. 29 to Jan. 3, second-longest in NHL history behind the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins, who won 17 in a row. Despite a five-game loss to the Stanley Cup champion Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Columbus has plenty to be excited about heading into this season under coach John Tortorella. Here is what the Blue Jackets look like today: Key arrivals Artemi Panarin, F: After signing with the Blackhawks from the Kontinental Hockey League on May 1, 2015, Panarin won the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in the NHL in 2015-16, when he had 77 points (30 goals, 47 assists) in 80 games. He had 74 points (31 goals, 43 assists) in 82 games last season. … Tyler Motte, F: Motte was acquired from the Blackhawks as part of the Panarin trade. A fourth-round pick (No. 121) by Chicago in the 2013 NHL Draft, Motte, 22, had seven points (four goals, three assists) in 33 games as a rookie last season. … Jordan Schroeder, F: The 26-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on June 23. Selected by the Wild with the No. 22 pick in 2009, Schroeder had an NHL career-high 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 37 games last season.
Blue Jackets power play should receive boost from Panarin
NHL.com | Jul 14