POSTED ON Saturday, 07.14.2012 / 2:40 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Last year did not end on a positive note for Blue Jackets defenseman John Moore, and it has him chomping at the bit for training camp to begin in September.

The 21-year-old blue liner missed the final week of the season with an ankle injury suffered in a game against the Florida Panthers, and it grated on Moore that he couldn't be on the ice with his teammates as the Blue Jackets played well down the stretch. As the calendar turned to the offseason, Moore first thought not about the golf course or the nearest tropical getaway, but the quickest available avenue to get himself back to 100 percent health.

Rehabbing his ankle was tops on the priority list, he said, because he couldn't wait to get back in the gym and train for the 2012-13 campaign.

"It was nice to get that healed so I could hit the ground running with my training," Moore told BlueJackets.com. "I've been very fortunate this year to have maintained my health so far with my training, and I've been able to make some significant gains strength-wise and with conditioning.

"It's got me really excited for the upcoming season, for sure."


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.11.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


One of Scott Howson's most pressing priorities in the last few years has been to reshape the Blue Jackets defense. When he took over as general manager in 2007, he inherited a group that could best be described as "one-dimensional," and severely lacking an element of elite offensive skill.

Howson and his hockey operations staff knew it wouldn't be something they could change overnight, but more of a continual process in which the club would be persistent in pursuing all options via trade, development, and free agency in order to upgrade their mobility and skill level. Roughly five years later, Howson has assembled a group of seven defenseman that, according to newly-signed Adrian Aucoin, can stand up to any club in the National Hockey League.


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POSTED ON Sunday, 07.08.2012 / 8:22 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

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POSTED ON Sunday, 07.08.2012 / 6:20 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.07.2012 / 4:37 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today
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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.07.2012 / 4:02 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


Ryan Johansen
probably said it best after today's scrimmage: "It's been a great week for all of the guys here."

It began on Monday for most of these kids, who flew in from all over the world to get a better idea of what it's going to take to make a living in the National Hockey League. They arrived at Nationwide Arena with wide eyes and open minds, ready to make an impression on the organization that showed the trust and faith to bring them into the fold.

If you think about it, it's a daunting task for young men who (for the most part) are under the age of 20, and like Brad Larsen said, many of them have never left the comforts of home until this week. From start to finish, the Blue Jackets player development staff and the coaching staff of the Springfield Falcons gave the prospects a five-day version of "Pro Hockey 101."

Today's scrimmage and shootout competition at the OhioHealth Ice Haus brought a standing-room only crowd to the rink on a day where outside temperatures cranked up over 100 degrees, but this wasn't simply an escape from the summer heat. Blue Jackets fans cheered the prospects on, handing out "BOOONE" chants to Boone Jenner and giving rousing ovations for every Johansen snipe -- a show of support that did not go unnoticed by the players.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.07.2012 / 1:14 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


Today’s on-ice session for the last day of Development Camp has been slightly altered due to a few
minor injuries that have limited the number of on-ice participants. Sitting certain players is more
precautionary than anything, but has changed the format from a normal 5-on-5 scrimmage to a series of
3-on-3 scrimmages.

Players have been separated into two teams – Blue Team and White Team. For scoring purposes, the
Blue Team will serve as the “home” team, while the White Team will serve as the “visitors.”

The two teams will compete in four different 3-on-3 scrimmages. Each scrimmage will last 10 minutes
(pending score) and will have a different variation. One of the variations will require fans sitting in the
middle sections of the OhioHealth Ice Haus to temporarily vacate their seats for safety issues (game will
be played going the short side of the ice, inside the blue lines).

Following the four scrimmages, the teams will then compete in a power play game, followed by two
relay races (one with a puck, one with the net) and will conclude with a shootout competition (time
permitting).

Each scrimmage and event will see the losing team do some form of a hard skate for the loss.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.07.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today



LIVE STREAM: Great news, Blue Jackets fans! We're going to live stream today's development camp scrimmage on JacketsTV, so you even if you can't make it down to the OhioHealth Ice Haus from 2-4 p.m., we will have you completely covered!

Tune it to BlueJackets.com, where you will find the link to today's stream.

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.06.2012 / 3:25 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


First things first -- it is ridiculously hot outside. I'm more amazed by the ice staying in one beautiful piece today than at my lack of judgment wearing a pullover on my walk to Tim Horton's. Sometimes I'm prone to moments like that.

But it felt terrific inside the walls of the OhioHealth Ice Haus today, and it was another full day on the ice (and off) for Blue Jackets development camp. Similar to how Wednesday's session began, today started with the four goaltenders working out separately with goalie coach Ian Clark before the 10:30 a.m. full group practice. Oscar Dansk, Joonas Korpisalo, Anton Forsberg and Martin Ouelette were put to work by Clark, working on angles, tracking packs and making economical movements in the crease.

Springfield coach Brad Larsen and assistant coach Nolan Pratt ran the majority of today's full-group practice, and Blue Jackets development coach Chris Clark was on the ice with (Ian) Clark, as well. The practice was uptempo -- much like it was on Wednesday -- but today had a different feel to it, almost a more serious feel. The prospects can definitely tell they're under evaluation by the organization, but as they have said all week long, it's important to not put an enormous amount of pressure on their performance.


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POSTED ON Friday, 07.06.2012 / 3:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

In the second installment of our #TweetUp feature during development camp week, I caught up with Cam Atkinson -- one of the emerging young snipers in the NHL, and a good guy who happens to be roughly the same height as me. The problem is that he's significantly cooler than I am, but simply by proxy, I got a little cooler today.

Cam's had a Twitter account for a while now, and one of our running jokes this past season was getting him the official Twitter checkmark for a verified account. Once he got that, it was business time. His Tweet-game is pretty solid, and he's got all kinds of thoughts and opinions on the world's largest social network of 140 characters or less.

Let's see what Cam had to say about Twitter:


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