Jan 10, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

CannonBalls: Your Daily Barrage Of CBJ And NHL Links – 1/15/14

Cannonballs is a daily series where we will gather up links to other interesting stories from the Columbus Blue Jackets blogosphere, as well as general NHL and hockey news. While we strive to bring you the best coverage of the Columbus Blue Jackets here at the Union and Blue, there are several other CBJ blogs that do a great job as well. So with that, here is today’s edition of Union and Blue Cannonballs! 

Columbus Blue Jackets

Positive Trends: I think we can all agree things have been looking up for the Jackets since the Christmas break. Over at the Cannon, Matt Wagner takes a look at some of the upward trends of the Columbus Blue Jackets. [ The Cannon ]

Systems Analyst: Ryan Johansen And The Blue Jackets Put Together Perfect O-Zone Shift: Over at the Backhand Shelf, Justin Bourne has a system analysis of Ryan Johansen’s goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. This is amazing stuff. [ Backhand Shelf ]

The Blue Jackets Future Looks Bright: Just an awesome article over at Intelligent Hockey. Discusses what most Blue Jackets fans already know: happier days are in the future for the CBJ. Oh, and Ryan Murray = Paul Newman. Give it a read. It rules. [ Intelligent Hockey ]

Nathan Horton Making An Impact With the Blue Jackets: Since Nathan Horton made his debut with the Jackets, he has 4 points (2G, 2A) and Columbus has gone 5-1-0. The success has been a complete team effort, but Horton has definitely been a factor in the Blue Jackets turn around. The Score takes a quick look at Horton and his success in Union Blue. [ The Score ]

NHL

The Dog House: Justin Bourne takes a look at the coach’s doghouse; how players get in, as well as how they get out. [ Backhand Shelf ]

2015 NHL Draft: It started with rumors late Monday, but on Tuesday the NHL awarded the 2015 Draft and the big conclusion to the Connor McDavid derby to Sunrise, Florida. [ Puck Daddy ]

How The West Was Won: Pension Plan Puppets takes a look at how the Eastern Conference is slowly clawing it way back to respectability when compared to the Western Conference. The West started hot and the East got off to a rough start. However, it appears the Eastern Conferences fortunes are starting to change for the better. [ Pension Plan Puppets ]

Fantasy Hockey

The Top 10 Hitters in Fantasy Hockey: Wans to bolster up the hits category in your rotisserie league or maybe your points league counts hits? Well Dobber Hockey has compiled a list of the Top 10 Hitters for Fantasy Hockey. [ Dobber Hockey ]

Puck Daddy Fantasy Hockey MVPs / LVPs: The Puck Daddy Fantasy roundup takes a look at the most valuable and least valuable players for the previous week of play. Sergei Bobrovsky makes the list (and could be available on the wire in your league). [ Puck Daddy ]

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