To say the community is skeptic of the desire to win in the Organization would be the understatement of the century. Coming off a horrible horrible horrible horrible loss (get the picture?) to the Philadelphia Flyers the rumor mill was running full steam with ways to get the Blue Jackets back on track (editorial note: even though we are paying Hitch, I don’t think he is the guy for this team), we heard everything from a completed tear down of the front office to a “trade of epic proportions” sending “Captain” Rick Nash to our nations capital for the great Ovi (Alexander Ovechkin).
And with his butt firmly on the hot seat, what does the front office do? Trade our fourth round pick for a center that through 11 games has a plus/minus of -4 (that’s negative 4, and unless we are starting a CBJ golf team, is not a good stat). Letestu (or “Testy” to his friends) is a young guy and maybe has a lot of potential that we has Columbus fans haven’t seen, but the facts don’t lie (source:Hockeydb.com) – last year Letestu played ¾ of a season and didn’t even crack 30 points and before that he made a crack at the NHL with playing 10 games in the 2009/2010 season and his 1 goal, 1 assist, and plus/minus of -2 quickly sent him back to the Baby Penguins (where he finished the season with 55 points and a plus/minus of +21)
In his last two seasons with Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton, Testy has had 20+ goals and 30+ assists but let’s remember that this is in the AHL where only the top 10% or so actually make it up to NHL and about 5% of that wind up sticking on a roster.
Maybe Letestu will be part of that 5% (occupybluejackets?) and maybe Columbus will be the right fit for him to get on a line and grow that talent of his but I think the more important questions are “is this the only move the Scotts will make?” and “If so, is this enough?”.
According to my insider source (Christopher Hughes- a die hard and life long pens & baby pens fan) Letestu is a “guy who busts ass, hustles and gets those pucks in the corners” so maybe we don’t need a 60+ (or even a 30+ points guy) we just need to bust ass and get Testy!!
Let’s get Testy!!