Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Columbus Blue Jackets

Alexander MacLean


Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Columbus Blue Jackets

For the last 19 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber and the team have reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 20th 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 both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what we take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.


Gone Oliver Bjorkstrand, Gabriel Carlsson, Kevin Stenlund

Incoming Johnny Gaudreau, Erik Gudbranson, Mathieu Olivier

Impact of changes – The Blue Jackets were surprise winners of the Gaudreau sweepstakes. However, by adding Gaudreau (and Gudbranson) in free agency, they were forced to move out Bjorkstrand. The upgrade on wing and the added grit on the blueline won't make a huge difference in the standings, but they do bump up the fantasy value around the team as a whole.

Overall though, the biggest change from year to year will be from the growth of the kids and the overall health of the team. Growth from the young core of Kent Johnson, Cole Sillinger, and Adam Boqvist will help add some secondary scoring that was missing last season. A healthy year from stud blueliner Zach Werenski will also pay big dividends to the team's overall scoring, as he has missed at least a dozen game in each of the last two seasons.

The Eastern Conference will be a gauntlet this year though, so don't expect the team to make the playoffs, or improve much in the goaltending or plus-minus columns.

Ready for Full Time –

Mathieu Olivier