This season, The Hockey Writers will have a recurring “Three Takeaways” feature immediately after just about every Columbus Blue Jackets matchup, intended to serve as article-recreation fast hits.
1) A Diverse Position for Nick Foligno
At the start out of the season, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella explained he would transfer Nick Foligno off the wing and into the centre posture so 19-calendar year-aged rookie Pierre-Luc Dubois could open up the season on the remaining side.
So much, it has established to be a clever transfer to open up the NHL frequent season.
The repositioning has allowed children Oliver Bjorkstrand and Sonny Milano to prosper,
reigniting the chemistry individuals two made when they performed alongside one another for the Blue Jackets’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters. Foligno has also been important in the deal with-off circle, profitable a put together 79 p.c of his attracts on the dot (19-of-24).
Foligno is no stranger to the centre location. He was drafted into the NHL as a centre, and had to make the switch to remaining wing to crack the Ottawa Senators’ roster in his rookie season. Tortorella gave a sizeable total of credit to Foligno immediately after the Blue Jackets’ 5- get from the Islanders Friday evening for proudly owning the accountability that arrives with going to the center.
Foligno’s shift to centre also helps prevent a 19-calendar year-aged Dubois from remaining thrown into the gauntlet of accountability that arrives with remaining a leading-6 NHL centre, as quite a few projected he would be on the first roster. But, it however enables Dubois to make sizeable contributions in a important job and improve into his likely with no the additional stress of quarterbacking offensive participate in. That was on exhibit very last evening as he scored his first NHL aim in a commanding 5- get from the New York Islanders.
Dubois is just as at ease in both posture, but starting on the wing must (and is currently hunting like it is starting to) pay back off as he overcomes the studying curve leaping from junior hockey to the significant leagues.
2) Joonas Korpisalo’s Initially Sport
Since goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky began Friday night’s recreation from the Islanders, Blue Jackets back-up Joonas Korpisalo gained the connect with to start out from the Blackhawks. It was a nerve-wracking 60 minutes for the goaltender, who identified himself out of posture and acquiring minimal support in the game’s early going. The Jackets identified themselves down by two objectives early on and hardly ever recovered, and a couple of the later Blackhawks tallies were being types Korpisalo would likely want back. When the Blackhawks score in bunches, they consider around the momentum, and that is what transpired to the Blue Jackets Saturday.
After the recreation, Korpisalo was visibly displeased with his performance.
“I was just ok, but 5 objectives are 5 objectives,” Korpisalo explained on the Fox Athletics Ohio article-recreation broadcast. “The puck was buzzing much too considerably and I need to be better.”
The very good information for the Blue Jackets is that Korpisalo’s first recreation is eventually out of the way, and the loss came from a formidable opponent in a challenging setting up on the road – and 1 who set a 10-location up from the defending Stanley Cup Winner Pittsburgh Penguins. A loss is a loss, but this recreation confirmed that there are other spots that need to be cleaned up that are a higher priority than the backup goaltender, notably when the Jackets are participating in the next recreation of a back-to-back series. Tortorella admitted that himself immediately after the recreation, much too.
3) Prepared for Josh Anderson
The Blackhawks introduced the physicality on Saturday, which appeared to toss a number of Blue Jackets off their recreation. Both equally teams put together for 59 hits with the gain going to the dwelling crew. It was an facet that finished up obtaining into the Blue Jackets’ heads down the extend as the recreation grew to become additional out of their access.
A solution to that circumstance? Bringing back Josh Anderson, who had a good recreation for the Cleveland Monsters on Saturday. Since his agreement negotiations dragged on to the very last minutes of education camp, the Blue Jackets brass despatched him to Cleveland on a conditioning stint.
Appears to be like that excursion is around for Anderson and he will be back with the Blue Jackets to get ready for the impending recreation from Metropolitan Division opponent Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. No matter whether or not he attracts in for that recreation remains to be observed, but both way, he is headed back to Columbus.
Josh Anderson explained that he will have his exercise tests tomorrow early morning. #CBJ
— Mark Scheig (@markscheig) Oct 8, 2017
With Anderson’s return, a roster transfer is not important. It will be fascinating to see who he is paired up with when he eventually cracks the line-up, even though he identified transient chemistry when he performed alongside Brandon Dubinsky.
Irrespective, admirers and teammates alike are fired up and ready to have Anderson back on NHL ice, contributing in all sides of the recreation.