Sep 17, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner (38) and Buffalo Sabres center Mikhail Grigorenko (25) faceoff during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets Rookie Showdown: Ryan Murray Vs Boone Jenner - Who Plays More NHL Games This Season?

Sep 15, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray (27) body checks Pittsburgh Penguins forward Andrew Ebbett (25) during the 3rd period of the game at Nationwide Arena. Murray scored the game winning goal during the overtime period against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

Since training camp and preseason have begun, there has been a lot of chatter about both Ryan Murray and Boone Jenner. Both have looked good and both are most likely getting a lot of attention from the front office and coaches as they may be two rookies ready to break through into the NHL.

Ryan Murray played in the first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and played well, and of course had the game winning goal in overtime. Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist against the Carolina Hurricanes, he played on a line with Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky.

Both players are showing that they want to play in Columbus and are NHL ready. I know it is still training camp, and early in the preseason, but both have made it through the first set of cuts, which happened earlier today.

I am not sure where there is room on either the defense or offense for either of the players at the beginning of the season, but if the front office and coaching staff feel that either of them are ready then they will get ice time. I would not be surprised if we saw both of them go to Springfield to play in the AHL and gain some more experience though.

Whichever way it goes I do believe we will see both of them in Columbus Blue Jackets jerseys at some point in the regular season.

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