Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Alexander Wennberg poses for a photo with team officials after being introduced as the number fourteen overall pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets Prospect Update

At the 2013 NHL entry draft, the Columbus Blue Jackets had an exciting lineup of picks. Coming off the worst year in team history, fans waited anxiously to see who we’d get. Out of that day came three names: Alexander Wennburg, Oscar Dansk, and Marko Dano. The names floated around the Jackets fan base for awhile, before fading back into the long list of top prospects in the organization. Dano’s name came up recently, as he was signed by the Jackets to a three-year, entry-level contract earlier this month. But how have they been doing this year? Here’s a look at their stats so far this season in their respective leagues:

GP

Goals

Assists

Points

+/-

PIM

Alexander Wennberg (SweHL)

50

16

5

21

10

14

Marko Dano (KHL/AHL)

44

0

1

1

-9

43

And the goalie…

GP

GAA

S%

Record

Oscar Dansk (OHL)

42

2.39

.909

29-9-1

Oscar Dansk’s stats provide a hopeful outlook for goaltending depth in the Jackets organization. 29-9-1 is an impressive record, and his save percentage and goals against are promising as well. One big concern recently has been the future of Jackets goaltending. The Jackets have long been a team plagued by insufficient power in net. Then, having Bobrovsky come in and win the Vezina calmed the short-term fears of more netminding issues. However, in the long-term, it now seems the Jackets have a promising young draft pick to rely on in the future.

Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

As far as the two centers are concerned, Wennberg’s stats are impressive as well. The Jackets only have one player on the current roster with a better +/- than Wennberg. (Corey Tropp is +12. Granted, Wennberg’s is not an NHL stat, but it is still impressive). 21 points in 50 games is not a bad number either. Overall, Wennberg’s stats are fairly impressive and promising.

As for Dano, having only one point in 44 games doesn’t look too good for a forward. Neither does being -9. He has recorded an impressive penalty minutes with 43, which would put him up there with Derek MacKenzie and Boone Jenner on the current Jackets roster. Though Dano’s stats aren’t very impressive, he must be doing something right, since the Jackets brought him over to play in Springfield and signed him to an entry-level contract in early March.

Overall, it seems the three Jackets draft picks have been holding their own in the minor leagues, and giving some promising performances and hopeful future for Jackets fans. But, what do you think?

Who has the brightest future within the Jackets organization?

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