Who is The Blue Jackets Top Forward: Part Two

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The other day I ranked the bottom seven Blue Jackets forwards. Today I will rank the top six. Keep in mind how I am ranking the players. I will rank them based on overall production, effort given by each player on the ice, and I will also consider future potential. So lets get started.

Apr 27, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson (13) controls the puck as Nashville Predators defenseman Victor Bartley (64) defends during the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

6-Cam Atkinson

Atkinson is a very young player with loads of talent. Last year he showed a whole lot of potential. In the shortened season he had 9 goals and 9 assists. Atkinson is developing the skills it takes to be a successful forward in the NHL, and with him being so young, he will only get better from here.

5-Nick Foligno

Apr 7, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (71) skates with the puck against the Minnesota Wild during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Now, we have another “new guy” in Foligno, who had 6 goals and 13 assists this past season. However the most memorable moment for Foligno this season may be the phantom “goalie interference” call that could have caused us to miss the playoffs by a single point. Any way you look at him, Foligno is a good fit for this team, whether it’s the great effort he puts out every game, or his leadership abilities. Also how could you not love Foligno and Bob’s BOBROVSKY embrace after wins?

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  • Centerman

    I think you guys in Columbus are going to have the best season of your existence in the NHL. You have a solid goaltender, a solid group of young defenseman with more in the Pipeline. A good mix of skilled and gritty forwards that play good 2 way hockey. Most of the forwards are plus players that give the team that amount of jam needed to succeed in the NHL long term. Once Horton comes back, the Jackets will have a formidable power play too. With Gaborik and Horton in front as the power forward teams will have to play honest. As a Ranger fan myself I know what Dubinski and Anisimov bring to the team. They’re great teammates and will both do anything it takes to win. Both are very good defensive forwards with the ability to score 20 goals in a season. Both are also very solid on the penalty kill. I think this is the year the CBJ make the Playoffs. This division won’t be anymore forgiving than the one they were in before but I think they put it together and make the dance. The only problem is that my NY Rangers are in the same division and you can’t beat us so that’s that! At least you made the playoffs. The Rangers are going to win the Cup this season.

    • Mark Zahnle

      Thanks man the future is definitely looking very bright we shall see what the future holds!