Cam Atkinson has been through a lot to this point in his brief NHL career.
He scored his first career goal early on in a game against the Vancouver Canucks in October 2011, but not long after that, was sent back to the Springfield Falcons (AHL) because his game wasn’t as consistent as it needed to be. The Blue Jackets also underwent major change in the 2011-12 campaign, replacing Scott Arniel with Todd Richards in January and beginning a major overhaul in hockey operations a few months later.
When Atkinson returned to the Blue Jackets later that season, he was AHL’s leading goal scorer and on the verge of becoming a dynamic NHL player. He recorded his first NHL hat trick against the Colorado Avalanche and went into the summer of 2012 with his eyes on a roster spot that fall.
The NHL lockout pushed things back a bit, but Atkinson came out flying with the Blue Jackets in 2013. He scored a beautiful goal on opening night against Detroit and was on track to solidifying a top-six spot, but a high ankle sprain derailed his season and he didn’t quite feel right the rest of the way.
But there’s good news as the Blue Jackets prepare to begin Training Camp presented by OhioHealth later this week: Atkinson is back to 100 percent, according to GM Jarmo Kekalainen, and is feeling much better than he did last spring.
That's a wrap from Traverse City.
The Blue Jackets rookies head back to Columbus with a fourth-place finish in this year's NHL Prospects Tournament following a 7-1 loss to Dallas on Monday night. Columbus finished the tournament with a 2-2 record, sandwiching a pair of wins between book end defeats to open and close the proceedings.
Next stop: Nationwide Arena and Blue Jackets training camp, which begins Wednesday morning with medical exams and media availability. Some of the prospects will head back to the junior clubs, and some may be extended invites to stick around for main camp.
Click "full story" to read the boxscore from Monday night's game.
The Blue Jackets face the Dallas Stars in the tournament's third place game at 7 p.m. Monday.
Their performance on Thursday wasn't their best, but the Blue Jackets rookies didn't let it affect the rest of their stay in Traverse City.
A crazy 7-5 win over the Carolina Hurricanes the following day helped settle Columbus down, despite the frenetic pace of the game and a slew of penalties in between. They moved the puck extremely well, created a ton of chances, and found the back of the net on a regular basis. After a complete day off on Saturday, they returned to Center ICE Arena and got back to work on Sunday.
Austin Madaisky and Ryan Murray scored a pair of early goals to give the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead over the Rangers and they didn't encounter much trouble after that, hanging on for a 4-2 win and punching their ticket for the third-place game on Monday afternoon. Oscar Dansk was solid between the pipes, making 21 saves for his second win in a row.
Three players had multi-point games for Columbus, including Boone Jenner (two assists) who has been one of the Blue Jackets' best players in the tournament.
Click "full story" for a boxscore from Sunday's game.
Wild, crazy, tons of offense...that's the kind of game the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes rookies tangled in today in Traverse City. Columbus raced out to a 4-1 first period lead, but Carolina answered to take the lead in the third period before the Blue Jackets regained control.
Ryan Murray leveled the game at 5-5 with a power play goal at 11:26 of the third, Josh Anderson scored the go-ahead goal minutes later and then Thomas Larkin ripped home Columbus' seventh goal of the day to cap the scoring.
Saturday is a practice day only for the Blue Jackets, and they return to game action with a 3:30 p.m. start against the New York Rangers on Sunday.
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In their first game of the 2013 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., the Blue Jackets dropped a 3-2 decision to the Buffalo Sabres.
Oscar Dansk started in goal for Columbus and made 19 saves, recovering nicely after a rough start. The Sabres scored on their first shot of the game and potted two goals in the opening 3:11, but the Blue Jackets made it a tight finish thanks to a shorthanded goal in the second period.
The Blue Jackets continue the tournament with a game this afternoon against the Carolina Hurricanes, who opened with a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers rookies on Thursday.
Check back to BlueJackets.com throughout the weekend for further updates.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jack Skille became an unrestricted free agent on July 5, and the next couple of days felt a lot longer than 48 hours.
Life as a professional athlete rarely contains any semblance of certainty. The “comforts of home” often refer to a king bed in a hotel room rather than a four-acre ranch outside the city limits. But finding those comforts – in whatever way they come – has a lot to do with finding the right opportunity. Skille, with the advantage of being able to choose his next destination, took some time to evaluate the options.
On the checklist: a place where he fit in, a place where there was some familiarity, and a team that stands a good chance to win. When the Blue Jackets came calling, things materialized quickly.
“I think (choosing the Blue Jackets) was mainly about the opportunity that has presented itself here in Columbus,” Skille told BlueJackets.com. “I work hard every summer to make sure I get better and to give myself the best chance, and I saw what Columbus did last year and all the character they showed. It’s unbelievable here, and I’m so excited to be part of this group."
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Another sign that hockey season is rapidly approaching: the Blue Jackets have confirmed their participation in the Red Wings' annual prospects tournament in Traverse City, and along with it, their official roster for the tournament.
The Blue Jackets will take 24 players to Traverse City on Sept. 4, with the tournament beginning the following day. It's an all-day affair for the teams, with practices typically taking place in the morning and games played in the afternoon.
Here are the groupings and participating teams for this year's tournament:
TED LINDSAY DIVISION - Columbus, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers
GORDIE HOWE DIVISION – Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues
Couldn't make it to Cannonfest last weekend? Here's part of what you missed: tremendous videos from Tom Larrow (better known as Skraut on Twitter).