Eastern Edge: The Columbus Blue Jackets

Cam Metz

2018-09-11

 

Only a few more weeks before draft season really picks up so make sure you’re prepped by picking up your copy of the Dobber Fantasy Guide.

There are a few more teams from the Metro to get through and as we see some stability in ADPs it’ll be time to start taking a deeper look at optimal roster construction through positional arbitrage opportunities.  Stay tuned.

We’ll be digging into the Columbus Blue Jackets this week, a team that would be much more fun to analyze if it weren’t for their star player wanting out of Columbus.

Like for the Wild West series, the ranks are based on a 12 team head-to-head league using the categories of goals, assists, power play points, shots, hits and blocks for forwards/defensemen and wins, saves, save percentage and goals against average for goalies. Player eligibility for this series is based on Yahoo, and draft ranks are based on average draft positions compiled from Yahoo, ESPN and CBS by FantasyPros.  2018-2019 ADPs are up if you couldn’t tell!

Check out yesterday’s column by Chris Kane on the St. Louis.

 

Recap 

Columbus came in tied with the New Jersey Devils with 97 points in the Metro last year. The team dropped their power play conversion rate significantly from 2016 and had a rather pronounced effect on the production of Cam Atkinson and Zach Werenski. The second half of the year saw Columbus rebound on the power play and as a result Atkinson significantly picked up his production. More on Atkinson later on. 

The issue with Columbus heading into next year is that star Artemo Panarin is looking like he wants out of Columbus to experience the lifestyle of another NHL city. For this reason I’m bearish on Columbus players, it seems like it is too much risk to waste a pick on Pierre-Luc Dubois if he’s going to be without a top-20 winger. You’ll need to monitor things closely as the season gets closer.