By Professor ggrib
Could be it’s just me, but with some on ice action starting and more planned soon, I’m loosing the summer doldrums and getting a little hockey itch. So, it’s getting time to think about starting the season. After last year’s euphoric finish, fans have great expectations, so let’s take a look.
There are a lot of differences between last season’s team which started so belatedly due to the lockout. AND There are very few differences. So, Let’s review from an overview prospective a few things. Due to the unusual start of last season, I’m not going to split hairs about which of the young players started with the Jackets or went down to Springfield and then returned.
[b] Marion Gaborik a potentially high scorer is a Blue Jacket, has played with the team so he has some chemistry and should be healthy after surgery this summer.
[d] Blake Comeau has replaced Colton Gillies. Although Gillies had potential it just never developed. Comeau is an offensive upgrade. As shown at the end of the season, he did play higher than the 4th line.
[f] Nathan Horton, although injured is a Blue Jacket. Should be another offensive upgrade, But recovering from surgery, his availability is later in the season.
Of course there could be more changes, there are still free agents available, young players could step up. And in fact some who are on the current roster could falter. But as it stands today, these are the overview highlights. There is a saying, “the devil is in the details”. In the Jackets case, there is also optimism in the details too. So we’ll pursue the details on a following post.