Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Columbus Blue Jackets

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2016-08-09

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Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Columbus Blue Jackets

 

For the last 13 years (12 with The Hockey News) I have reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them. My 14th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.

Enjoy!

 

GoneJared Boll, Michael Chaput, Fedor Tyutin, Kerby Rychel, Rene Bourque

 

IncomingSam Gagner, Scott Harrington

 

Impact of changes – Since the changes have been minimal, the impact is also minimal. Columbus has their hands tied due to their salary cap situation. They have approximately $3.8 million in cap space available and nobody left to re-sign. However, next summer there will several contracts that expire (including Alexander Wennberg) – the only problem is that none of them carry a big cap hit. So they will need to re-sign players (or bring in new players) at a cheap price or move some salary. This is where the four years remaining on David Clarkson’s un-buyout-able contract ($5.25 million per) really starts to hurt. It’s forcing the organization to move Scott Hartnell and free up another $4.2 million of cap space. But do they turn around and spend that now, or save it and ease some of next summer’s pain.

 

Ready for full-time – There are actually a good 10 prospects who could be listed here, but with the Gagner signing their odds of making the team drop quite a bit.

I think Oliver Bjorkstrand is a shoe-in. If not straight out of camp then certainly before Christmas. He had an incredible AHL and Calder Cup winning performance to go along with an impressive NHL stint. He has a fan in Coach Joh