Once the puck drops on a new hockey season, I am always amazed by how fast the time goes. One or two games is not large enough of a sample size to judge an entire season (unless you are the Flyers) but now that we are one month in, one can get a better idea of where their team stacks up against the competition. 10-15 games is still a small sample size, and line ups are still being sorted out (whether due to line shuffling, slow starts, or injuries), but by now we know who is off to a legit hot start, or who has stumbled out of the gate.
In my opinion, the Blue Jackets are somewhere in the middle. Through three games they were 2-1, but that good start was spoiled by a 4 game losing streak. The CBJ did not look like a bad team, but they were making costly mistakes and just plain unlucky. While a 4 game slide did not make for a happy fan base, no one was hitting the panic button yet. Fortunately the losing streak was broken against a good Canucks team, and the Jackets racked up a 3 game winning streak. October ended with a loss against the Ducks, but it was still a hard fought game.
The CBJ currently stand at 4th in the Metropolitan Division with 10 points, just one point behind the Islanders and Hurricanes, who are deadlocked at 11 points. They are averaging 2.73 GPG (16th in the NHL), a PP% of 20.0 (tied with 4 teams for 13th), and are averaging a 10th best 30.8 shots per game.
In the poll below we ask you a simple question, what letter grade would you assign the Jackets after one month of play? We will continue grading the Blue Jackets each month to get a clear view of the pulse of the Jackets fan base.
What letter grade would you assign the Jackets after one month of play?
- C (50%, 21 Votes)
- B (43%, 18 Votes)
- A+ (2%, 1 Votes)
- D (2%, 1 Votes)
- F (3%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 42