NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 20:  Oliver Bjorkstrand #28 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates during an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on March 20, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. Devils won 2-1.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

CBJ Top 25 under 25: #7 Oliver Bjorkstrand

After putting up back to back 100 point seasons in the WHL, Oliver turned pro last season. There were high expectations for “The Great Dane” and so it was a bit of a surprise when he was assigned to the AHL just a week into training camp last year. But we know from their time […]

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24:  Pierre-Luc Dubois celebrates with the Columbus Blue Jackets after being selected third overall during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

CBJ Top 25 under 25: #8 Pierre-Luc Dubois

The 2016 NHL draft is going to be a pivotal moment in Blue Jackets history, for better or for worse. It all centers around Pierre-Luc Dubois. Dubois was a surprise selection by the Jackets in this  year’s entry draft after they passed over consensus #3 pick Jesse Puljujarvi. The Jackets have stated multiple times publicly that […]

SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26:  (l-r) John Davidson and Jarmo Kekäläinen of the Columbus Blue Jackets attend the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Columbus Blue Jackets announce series of moves including first roster cuts

The first cuts of training camp are here and there are no real stand outs on the list. Vitaly Abramov, Sam Ruopp, Kole Sherwood and Calvin Thurkauf are all being returned to their respective CHL clubs. Jeremy Brodeur, Stephen Gibson and Francis Beauvillier were all released from their tryout contracts. This information all comes courtesy […]

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Union Blue Radio Episode 64: Trying to Stay on Topic

Monday evening, Sam, Alison, and Matt jumped into the start of CBJ preseason on Union Blue Radio. They also spoke with Graeme Nichols of the 6th Sens! Hear them talk about so much skating, Team North America (in your heart), a fool’s errand, the totality of why anything happened, Best Kessel, change discussion, Achtung Baby, […]

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CBJ Top 25 Under 25: #9 William Karlsson

What a difference a year can make. The rise of William Karlsson from this time last year has been arguably the largest of all Jackets skaters. Originally a 2nd round pick by the Ducks in 2011 (oddly enough taken sixteen picks after Boone Jenner, thirteen after Brandon Saad, and one before Scott Harrington), Karlsson is basically […]

BUFFALO, NEW YORK - APRIL 08:  Joonas Korpisalo #70 of the Columbus Blue Jackets defends the net against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on April 8, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. Columbus defeated Buffalo 4-1.  (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

CBJ Top 25 Under 25: #10 Joonas Korpisalo

Let’s do some goalie comparison. Goalie A was in the American Hockey League last season, finishing with a regular season .913 SV% (18 games played), and an .898 SV% in 9 playoff games, both numbers at all strengths. Goalie B was in the NHL for 31 games last year, finishing with a .920 SV% (.931 […]

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Union Blue Radio Episode 63: Which We’ll Talk About More Later

Wednesday evening, Alison returned to the podcast! She chatted with Sam and Matt about the CBJ and World Cup. Hear them talk about a rugged band of misfits, checking the heck out of ya, more burns to come, Cory Schneider’s awesome pads, sheer manpower, Fox Sports Go, pinball, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Eat […]

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31:  Sonny Milano #22 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates in his first NHL game against the the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on March 31, 2016 in New York City.  The Islanders defeated the Blkue Jackets 4-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

CBJ Top 25 under 25: #11 Sonny Milano

Electric. That is one of the most common words used to describe the play of Sonny Milano. Milano was a former first round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets and was selected with the 16th pick in the 2014 draft. He was one of the most impressive players in his draft year, dominating the […]

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 17:  Scott Hartnell #43 of the Columbus Blue Jackets passes the puck during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 17, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 7-5.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Scott Hartnell Reclaims No-Move Clause Privilege

The Blue Jackets opened training camp today with medical and fitness testing, and while the players won’t hit the ice until Friday, there’s already roster-relevant news regarding veteran forward, Scott Hartnell. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported today that Hartnell has spoken with Jackets’ management and he has rescinded the “waiving” of his no-move […]

BUFFALO, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Jake McCabe #29 and David Legwand #17 of the Buffalo Sabres skate against Josh Anderson #34 of the Columbus Blue Jackets at First Niagara Center on April 8, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. Columbus defeated Buffalo 4-1.  (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

CBJ Top 25 Under 25: #12 Josh Anderson

When the CBJ drafted Josh Anderson from the OHL’s London Knights in 2012, I wasn’t pleased with the pick. Considering he’s actually played NHL games, and seems certain to be at least a fourth line NHL player, I suppose he’s proven me wrong (although the two guys I preferred aren’t too shabby either). He’s worked […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 01:  David Clarkson #18 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

David Clarkson fails physical, unable to start training camp with team

In news that didn’t surprise anyone, David Clarkson won’t be starting the season with the Blue Jackets as he failed a physical. The team announced this today at a press conference involving John Davidson and Bill Zito. Clarkson, who was acquired via a trade for Nathan Horton, has not had a great tenure with the […]

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CBJ Top 25 Under 25: #13 Anton Forsberg

Full disclosure – I am not a goaltender expert. By any means! But when we began our 25 Under 25 series, I wanted to tackle one of the organization’s goalie prospects in what, I believe, will be one of the most important questions to answer this season – “who is the netminder of the Jackets’ […]

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CBJ Top 25 Under 25: #14 Daniel Zaar

Columbus selected Swedish winger Daniel Zaar with their sixth round pick, 152nd over-all, in 2012. In that draft eligible season, Zaar put up 38 points in 44 games with Rogle BK in Sweden’s under-20 junior league, which were decent but not eye-popping numbers. After bouncing around the next two seasons between the U20 league, two teams […]

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25:  Vitaly Abramov poses for a portrait after being selected 65th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes/Getty Images)

CBJ Top 25 Under 25: #15 Vitaly Abramov

The story most media told when Russian Vitaly Abramov was drafted 65th overall by the Blue Jackets this past June in Buffalo was how the 18-year-old came from a town that survived a meteor explosion. But perhaps they buried the lede. The real impact that many should be focusing on when it comes to the […]

LONDON, ON - NOVEMBER 19:  Jeremy Brodeur #56 of the Oshawa Generals makes a save against the London Knights during an OHL game at Budweiser Gardens on November 19, 2015 in London, Ontario, Canada. The Knights defeated the Generals 5-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Blue Jackets Bounce Back in Traverse City

Greetings, all. I have been up in Traverse City for the 2016 Prospect Tournament the whole time but as for yesterday’s game…if you can’t say anything nice about something don’t say anything at all. Anyhoo, after last night’s uninspired performance, the Jackets shuffled lines and came out strong, focused and were able to earn a […]

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