Feb 27, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Blue Jackets 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Jackets Players To Watch Down The Stretch

I am going to take a look at 3 players that I think will have the biggest impact on the Jackets down the final stretch. Not only will I base this on performance but I will also take into account everything the players will bring to the team in the final stretch.

James Wisniewski: Now you say “but Mark did you see the way he played last night??” Yes I did and I also saw the emotion he

Feb 6, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski (21) handles the puck against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

showed late in the game as the Devils scored on an empty netter although it went in off of Wiz himself. You can tell he knows the team is better, so expect him to step it up. Throughout the year Wisniewski has been one of the most important pieces to the success the team has had this far Wiz has been a leader for the young players, and with 30 assists and 5 goals James Wisniewski is 3rd in scoring for Columbus.

Ryan Johansen: This one is quite obvious here, 95% of you probably agree here. Johansen has definitely shown that he will be a star in this league in the years to come. Johansen shows every game his ability to make plays happen and that shows in the stat book   Joey has 24 goals and 22 assists which is top on the squad. Johansen’s big bodied yet highly skilled play reminds me a lot of Rick Nash which is a very good thing. Some of you may not necessarily be fans of Rick Nash but his talent was undeniable. Expect Ryan Johansen to continue with his amazing year.

Sergei Bobrovsky: To me Bob is the most important player on our team, as weall know a hot goalie can steal 2pts on any given night. With that said Bob has been extremely solid since he returned after his groin injury. With a Goals Against of 2.57 and a Save % of .917 he has been solid all year. However Bob seems to play very well in the high pressure matchups, and as tight as the Metropolitan Division is just about every game is going to be high pressure scenarios.

If these three guys play the way I think they will, the Jackets should have no problem making it into the playoffs. What do you guys think? Who will be the player to watch? Let me know in the comments!


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