Which former Blue Jackets are playing in the NHL Playoffs this year?

The NHL regular season concluded last night, which means all 8 playoff series are set. 16 teams have qualified, and almost all of them have at least one former Blue Jacket player.
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The Central division's prime matchup features the Colorado Avalanche and the Winnipeg Jets.

Just one player taking the ice in this series: long-time CBJ defenseman Jack Johnson will play on the third defense pairing for the Avalanche.

The other matchup from the Central has the Dallas Stars taking on the Vegas Golden Knights.

Dallas has Matt Duchene, who is a huge part of their offense. He was only a Blue Jacket for a couple of months, but we'll never forget his play in the 2019 playoff run. The Stars also have Gavin Bayreuther in their system, though he probably will not see any NHL ice time.

On the Vegas side, they have two former Blue Jackets: William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault. Both "original misfits" are pivotal to their success, and should see heavy minutes in all situations.

In the Pacific bracket, the Vancouver Canucks won the division this year. They have former Jacket defenseman Ian Cole patrolling their blue line.

They take on the Nashville Predators, who made the playoffs in part because of a surprising offensive outburst from Gustav Nyquist this season. The Preds also have Liam Foudy hanging around, but don't expect to see him on the ice this spring.

The final series out west has the Edmonton Oilers taking on the LA Kings.

Lots of former Blue Jackets in this one. For the Oilers, Sam Gagner will be a depth/secondary contributor. They also have Lane Pederson, who could also be leaned upon if injuries pile up.

The Kings have two Tortorella-era fixtures: Pierre-Luc Dubois and Vladislav Gavrikov. Both are pivotal to the success or failure here. In their system are two more former Jackets: Kevin Connauton and TJ Tynan, neither of whom will likely be called upon.

If you haven't kept track, that's 28 former Blue Jackets that are currently signed by playoff teams (including the AHL guys). If you're cheering for teams with former CBJ players, you have a lot of options!