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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Boone Jenner

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MONTREAL, QC – NOVEMBER 14: Columbus Blue Jackets left Wing Boone Jenner (38) waits at faceoff during the Columbus Blue Jackets versus the Montreal Canadiens game on November 14, 2017, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Another forward that has earned a good grade! Boone Jenner has been asked to moved to center this year and he has played very well in the middle of the Jackets second line.

Jenner, with Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno on his wing, have become this team’s go-to defensive line while still providing an offensive punch. Boone has nine points through 21 games and is well on his way to his second 40 point season in his career.

But the reason for Boone’s high mark is due to everything else he does on the ice. He is trusted defensively more than any other center and has the third highest defensive zone start rate on the team at 67.1%. Boone also has the most blocked shots by any CBJ forward with 27.

He also has done very well at the face-off dot for a player who hasn’t taken many draws in his NHL career. He is at 49.8% from the dot, good for second on the team among players with at least 100 draws.

Boone has been a rock solid contributor for this team all year and is due for an offensive explosion here soon that will boost his numbers. Even without a gaudy number of points though, Jenner has been fantastic through the first quarter of the season.

A. . 1/4 Season Report Card. . Boone Jenner