Why burning an ELC year for Gavin Brindley makes sense for the Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets were able to sign one of their top prospects yesterday, convincing University of Michigan star Gavin Brindley to turn pro after a stellar sophomore year.
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Brindley is a dynamic two-way player, who should be an immediate difference maker for the Jackets. That's why it was important for them to get him signed right away.

This season with the Wolverines, Brindley was terrific. He scored 25 goals and 53 points in 40 games, leading a team loaded with top NHL prospects in scoring.

The Florida native also starred for team USA at the World Junior Championships, scoring 6 goals and 10 points in 7 games for the Americans; and taking home a gold medal.

But the best thing about Brindley isn't necessarily his scoring output. He's a hound on the puck, using his speed and surprising physicality to win battles all over the ice.

He plays - and stands out - in all situations, whether it's power-play, even strength, or penalty kill time.

Brindley is an electrifying player to watch because he brings speed, skill, a great shot; and a work ethic that is second to none. He simply never gives up on any play.

I think he'll step right into the lineup for the Blue Jackets tonight and be a standout player.

The only question I have about Brindley is whether or not his offense will translate to the NHL. I have zero doubt that he'll be an effective player at this level, because even if his offense doesn't fully carry over, he can be a two-way contributor who plays up and down the lineup.

If that offense does come, however - look out. This is a guy who has top line potential, and he can play at center or on the wing.

I'm excited to see what he can do against one of the NHL's best lineups tonight. It should be fun to watch.