Columbus Blue Jackets Review: Left Wingers

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As we begin the Olympic Break, I wanted to put together posts about how the Columbus Blue Jackets have done up to this point.  The left wingers are up next.  Interesting fact: the only left winger to play in every game is R.J. Umberger.

Jan 30, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing R.J. Umberger (18) brings the puck up the ice against the Washington Capitals at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won the game 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

R.J. Umberger is having a great year! He was in a slump for the last two seasons, so it is great to see him back on his game.

R.J. Umberger’s current stats
Goals: 15
Assists: 15
Plus/Minus: -7
PIM: 18
Shooting Percentage: 13.%
Faceoff Win Percentage: 62.5%

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Dec 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Blake Comeau (14) chases the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Comeau was injured in practice and his presence was missed.  He is a great 4th liner who brings a lot of energy and hitting to the ice.

Blake Comeau’s current stats
Goals: 3
Assists: 8
Plus/Minus: -4
PIM: 21
Shooting Percentage: 4.3%
Faceoff Win Percentage: 56.2

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  • RedStorm45

    “R.J. Umberger is having a great year”

    LOL, no. Umberger is the worst on the team in +/-. He’s on pace for a 20/20 year, sure, which is average I guess (and exactly what he put up in his “slump” of ’11-’12) but nowhere near worth his $4.6 million cap hit. And most of that is because he’s been alongside the Johan. I can’t imagine Johansen’s assist numbers if he played alongside someone who could actually finish. Umberger has terrible hands and poor skating ability. Buy him out (compliance) this offseason. He is so painfully bad to watch. I doubt he can ever get back to his 50 point form, it’s time to move on.

    For similar money, you could have David Backes, Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd, Pacioretty, or any number of players a lot better than Stonehands Umberger.