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POSTED ON Sunday, 07.8.2012 / 6:20 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.7.2012 / 4:37 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today
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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.7.2012 / 4:02 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / 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, 07.7.2012 / 1:14 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / 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, 07.7.2012 / 11:00 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / 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, 07.6.2012 / 3:25 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / 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, 07.6.2012 / 3:00 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / 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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POSTED ON Friday, 07.6.2012 / 1:30 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today


















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POSTED ON Friday, 07.6.2012 / 10:00 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.6.2012 / 9:00 AM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Today

Upon his trade to Columbus, Nick Foligno said his top priority was getting a new contract worked out with the Blue Jackets.

Next step: take the nearest red pen and cross that item off the list. Foligno signed a three-year contract with the Blue Jackets this morning, ensuring that Scott Howson's latest trade acquisition is going to be in the union blue through the 2014-15 season. The deal is worth a total of $9.25 million over the three-year term, breaking down to $2.5 million in 2012-13, $3 million in 2013-14 and $3.75 million in 2014-15.

The Blue Jackets targeted Foligno because of his versatility and what they believe is burgeoning offensive potential. The Buffalo, N.Y. native can play all three forward positions and bounced around from the top line to the third line in Ottawa, proving that regardless of where he was slotted in the lineup, he was able to contribute and make a positive impact on the team.


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