It certainly looks as though the Blue Jackets must deal with another injury to one of their forwards.
Already without Alexander Wennberg on the first leg of this three-game swing through California, there's a possibility they could be down another. David Clarkson left Tuesday's 5-2 win at SAP Center in San Jose in the third period after an awkward collision with Sharks center Joe Thornton.
Clarkson was back-checking and tracking Thornton up the ice when they got tangled up at the Columbus blue line. Clarkson fell to the ice and spun toward the boards, and was in visible discomfort as he skated back to the bench.
A few minutes later, he headed down the tunnel to the Blue Jackets dressing room and did not return.
Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin has played in over 750 NHL games, so at age 32, nothing really surprises him.
New head coach John Tortorella decided to make him a healthy scratch for the team’s previous two games against Washington and Winnipeg (2-1 and 3-2 defeats), but tonight in San Jose, the veteran blueliner is back in the lineup.
No hard feelings either way. Tyutin wasn’t playing well and this is part of the business, but he will be looked upon to provide a steady presence tonight against a Sharks team that always plays hard and fast in its own building. On the not-so-good front, center Alexander Wennberg won’t play tonight due to a lower body injury.
- Sergei Bobrovsky will start tonight. No word yet on the Jackets' goaltending plans for the upcoming back-to-back in Los Angeles and Anaheim later this week.
- Jared Boll will be in the lineup once again tonight.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Plymouth Whalers (OHL) own Sonny Milano's Canadian junior rights, but it does not appear that he'll be wearing their jersey this fall.
Originally recruited by Notre Dame - Milano committed and then de-committed from the Fighting Irish - Boston College and legendary coach Jerry York swooped in and persuaded him to sign on in Chestnut Hill. There had been a few reports that Milano would reconsider his commitment to Boston College if his drafted team preferred otherwise, but Milano said tonight that he's planning to go to college.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Blue Jackets will officially begin the NHL Draft with seven picks.
Anaheim had until the start of the first round (approximately 7 p.m. ET) to notify Columbus whether it planned to keep the 38th overall pick - originally obtained by the Blue Jackets in the Marian Gaborik trade.
PHILADELPHIA -- One final piece of the Marian Gaborik trade remains to be settled, and the Anaheim Ducks have about three hours to make a decision.
The Los Angeles Kings traded a conditional second-round pick to the Blue Jackets as part of that deadline deal, but the pick in question has been well-traveled. It's been property of Toronto, Anaheim, Los Angeles and now Columbus, and dating back to the Leafs' acquisition of Peter Holland from the Ducks.
He's not the biggest, strongest or most physical defenseman in this year's draft class, but few can do what Julius Honka does with the puck on his stick.
And no, he's not one of the "pure offense" types of defensemen, either. In his first year competing in North America, the 18-year-old native of Jyväskylä, Finland, stepped right into the Swift Current Broncos' lineup and made an immediate impact.
Good first pass? Check. Accurate shot from the point? Check. Honka can lead the rush or join the rush and there's a lot to like about his game.
Jarmo Kekalainen is pretty clear in saying that he will select the best player available at No. 16 overall.
The Blue Jackets have some organizational needs that they'd like to address, for sure, but Kekalainen firmly believes in drafting the best player on the board when Columbus' number is called. Whether it's a forward or defenseman doesn't necessarily matter in the first round, he says, because teams can use the later rounds to fill positions of need.
NHL.com's Mike Morreale - their resident draft expert - took a closer look at what teams in the Metropolitan Division may be looking at as the 2014 NHL Draft approaches. Here's a snippet of what he expects the Blue Jackets to do:
By now, you've probably seen our prospect profiles, the "my draft story" features with several Blue Jackets players recalling their memories of being drafted, as well as conversations with GM Jarmo Kekalainen and his staff about strategy and draft-day decision making.
We've covered a lot already, but we're only getting started.
This blog will be constantly updated throughout the week with videos, quick-hit news items and interviews with players selected by the Blue Jackets at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. If it's happening at the draft, you'll find it here.
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