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.
Gone – Jared Boll, Michael Chaput, Fedor Tyutin, Kerby Rychel, Rene Bourque
Incoming – Sam 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