Quarter Season Report Card for Columbus Blue Jackets Forwards: Part 1

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 15: Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Markus Hannikainen (37) reacts after scoring a goal in a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers on November 15, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.(Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 15: Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Markus Hannikainen (37) reacts after scoring a goal in a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers on November 15, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.(Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Alexander Wennberg

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NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 03: Alexander Wennberg #10 of the Columbus Blue Jackets looks on during the second period against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on February 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/NHLI via Getty Images) /

This is one of the toughest grades to give out for any player on the team. Preseason expectations two years ago were that Alexander Wennberg was going to be this franchise’s number one center. That didn’t work out and Pierre-Luc Dubois took that role through the year.

Coming into this season, Wennberg was supposed to be the second line center. History has repeated itself and it looks like, once again, he has fallen down a line and has become the squad’s third line center. Although he has 11 points in 21 games, Wennberg’s play has been disappointing.

Despite his 43 point pace, Wennberg hasn’t been an offensive force and hasn’t taken over a game once this year. His best performance came way back on October 9th against the Colorado Avalanche when he had two primary assist.

Defensively he has been below average and it has cost him plenty of ice time. He has only been on the ice for 18+ minutes twice this season and is averaging just 15 minutes a game.

His line-mates have been shuffled quite a bit but no combination has worked out quite yet. It hasn’t been a bad start to the year, just not to the level we expect out of Alexander Wennberg.

B-. . 1/4 Season Report Card. . Alexander Wennberg