Mar 12, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu (10) during pregame warm-ups against the Vancouver Canucks at Nationwide Arena. Vancouver defeated Columbus 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets Mark Letestu Low In Productivity

Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports


ATTENTION! ATTENTION! I’m sorry to interrupt, but the Columbus Blue Jackets community has an urgent message: Forward Mark Letestu has been missing in action all season long!

Letestu, the leading scorer for the Jackets last season, has been invisible to the point of irrelevance. His absence is productivity has been (ironically enough) very noticeable. He’s hovered around the 4th line all season long. Now it’s fair to say that Letestu as the team’s leading scorer came as a bit of a shock last season. But with greatness comes expectations. And he’s not living up to them.

Through 28 games this season, Mark Letestu has 1 goal. There are 15 player on the Columbus Blue Jackets roster that have more goals than him. Four of those are defenseman. F-O-U-R!

I hesitated for so long to write this article. But after awhile, “it’s still early” becomes “1/3 of the season.” Where is the outrage? It would be on thing if Letesut wasn’t scoring but the other players were. But that’s not the case. Columbus has had trouble scoring this entire season. And a lot of that blame needs to be directed Mark’s way.

I don’t know what the problem is. I could spend hours analyzing basic and advanced statistics but I feel it’s a cop out. Here’s what I know: Mark Letestu went from the leading scorer to a guy who’s chipped in goal.

He got a two year extension to skate for Columbus and right now, he doesn’t deserve it. He isn’t playing good enough. Throw in whatever argument or statistic you want, Mark Letestu has ONE goal this season. That may have been Columbus Blue Jacket hockey in the past, but it can’t be going forward.

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