I thought I would take one last look at the Columbus Blue Jackets 2012-2013 season before it turns into dust when the 2013-2014 season begins in less than a month. This is going to be a little more specific of a review and I will take a look at some stats and numbers from last season. Lets dive right in so I don’t have to bore you with my lame introduction. One last thing though, as you see, this is part one of the series, look for more as we move closer to the season.
The number of goals that Vinny Prospal scored last season. Unfortunately it was Prospal’s last season as a Blue Jacket and could very well be his last season in the NHL. Twelve may not seem like a large number, but in a normal season Prospal was almost a 20 goal scorer. My point, these goals need to be made up for next season.
The number of games that Sergei Bobrovsky started last season. In a 48 game season, Bobrovsky started more than 75% of the games. In a 82 game season that would equate to around 64 games. A number that is not unreasonable, and probably would not be too many for him to handle.
The number of power play goals that James Wisniewski scored last season. Wisniewski only had five goals last season, and four of them came on the power play. He was also tied for first in the category with Prospal.
The number of penalty minutes that Brandon Dubinsky had last season. This number is only 24 minutes less than what Jared Boll had last season. According to HockeyFights.com, Dubinsky was only in three fights last season, one included a game misconduct, and another included a instigator penalty and misconduct.
The positive goal differential for the Blue Jackets last season. Columbus scored 120 goals last season, and gave up 119. The best way to look at this number is to compare it to the 2011-2012 season, the Blue Jackets were a minus 60 (I know this is kind of apples and oranges because of the length of the season). Columbus was on the plus side though, and that is a step in the right direction for the team.