Scott Harrington has been one of the unsung heroes for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have one of the best defensive corps in the NHL in terms of talent alone. While the defensive ability of some of the players often comes into question that’s to be expected on team that relies mainly on offensive defensemen.
Zach Werenski, Seth Jones and Ryan Murray are the most respected on the blue line, Scott Harrington has been doing his job as the number six defenseman very well with little praise. He’s already set a career high in almost all offensive categories and games played. Prior to this season, the most games he had ever played in a season was 32 and he’s already played 41 this year.
In terms of point production, he may only have one goal but he’s recorded 10 assists for 11 points. That sets a career high for him in both assists and points just roughly halfway through the season. Defensively, he’s made a few mistakes here and there but for the most part he’s been steady.
Scott Harrington isn’t a flashy player by any means, but he can get his job done on the bottom pairing and it’s much better than having Kerby Rychel still sitting in the AHL. He’s doing his best to earn a regular spot in the NHL and it’s certainly possible that he could settle into the bottom pairing role for quite a while.
The question of what happens to Harrington when prospects make a push for the main roster remains, but for now he’s the best option the team has and he deserves a bit of recognition for his solid play when prior to this season he was seen as nothing more than a depth option. It took him three teams, but Scott Harrington finally found himself a regular spot in the NHL.