Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Columbus Blue Jackets
For the last 16 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 17th 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 – Ryan Dzingel, J-F Berube, Matt Duchene, Keith Kinkaid, Adam McQuaid and I think that’s it other than a couple of minor depth guys like Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin (!).
Incoming – Marko Dano, Gustav Nyquist, Jakob Lilja, nobody named Panarin, nobody named Bobrovsky.
Impact of changes – What’s changed? Last year’s 12th ranked offense just lost their 87-point player (Panarin) and their 70-point player (Duchene). They also lost the 2017 and 2013 Vezina Trophy winner in Bobrovsky. So…not much, really.
The Blue Jackets will need to carve themselves a new identity. They will need to push back against the odds, because the odds say “nosedive”. John Tortorella will need to be his coaching best, and untested – completely untested – rookie netminder Elvis Merzlikins will need to be the second coming of Henrik Lundqvist (the last untested rookie to be thrust into a starter’s job right away). Pierre-Luc Dubois will need to continue his upward tra