The Columbus Blue Jackets are one of the NHL’s newest franchises, which can explain why it has yet to produce stellar results. Rick Nash, who led the Blue Jackets’ team stats, thrilled many fans, but Columbus has produced few notable seasons. Success could come in the next few years with fans continuing to be patient.
Bettors can find the Blue Jackets at long NHL odds on the online sportsbook. This franchise has yet to put together a potent team that can gain consistent respect. However, as in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Blue Jackets are capable of pulling off monumental upsets.
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All-Time Columbus Blue Jackets Records
- Rick Nash – Goals: 41 (2003-04).
- Cam Atkinson – Goals: 41 (2018-19).
- Rick Nash – Games: 92 (1981-82).
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Columbus Blue Jackets Stats & History
The Blue Jackets chose their name as an homage to the state’s Civil War history. It’s the first time Ohio would have an NHL franchise since the Cleveland Barons in 1978. The fans got tested, with the new team miserable for a long time; they only made one playoff appearance in their first 13 seasons.
It would take Columbus 14 years to win playoff games, though the team still lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Nash became the franchise’s first bonafide superstar. Columbus traded with Florida to select the power forward first overall during the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In just his sophomore season, Nash tied for the league lead in goals with 41. He eventually became the team’s captain and holds most records for the Columbus Blue Jackets stats.
Columbus failed to improve with Nash. The team then traded him in 2012, which proved to be a turning point for the franchise. Jarmo Kekalainen joined the team as the new general manager and then John Tortorella as the coach in 2015.
The Blue Jackets also acquired Sergei Bobrovsky, who would win a pair of Vezina Trophies and set several franchise goaltending records. Columbus returned to the playoffs during the 2016-17 season. However, the team didn’t have a superstar to get them over the hump. That’s when Artemi Panarin came into the picture.
The “Breadman” set franchise records in his two seasons with Columbus. And in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Blue Jackets shocked the hockey world by sweeping the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Lightning. This would be the peak of the Blue Jackets’ tenure in the NHL, as the team lost most of its top talent during the offseason including Bobrovsky and Panarin.
Brad Larsen replaced Tortorella as coach in 2021 and Columbus entered a period of “reloading”. The team acquired the likes of Johnny Gaudreau and Patrik Laine, thus setting them up to be a rising contender.