Another Day, Another Skate

Wednesday, 09.05.2012 / 2:15 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

No sooner did I mention that this week is a big one for player arrivals did more new faces show up at the OhioHealth Ice Haus this morning.

Comparatively speaking, the weather outside was much better today than yesterday, but when you're inside an ice rink and hearing the familiar sound of skates carving up ice, there's no place I would rather be. It's even better than a round of golf on a sunny day beside the ocean, which in my book, is second only to a new jar of Nutella.

May have been kidding about that last part. But, alas.

A few more guys joined the ranks today at the Ice Haus, and the total now sits somewhere between 13 and 15 players who have arrived in town. Forward Cam Atkinson, who will be living with the Umberger family this season, is due to arrive sometime this evening and is expected to skate with the group later in the week.

Adrian Aucoin, James Wisniewski, Steve Masonand Artem Anisimov were additions to the Wednesday group after being absent for the prior day's session. Mason, sporting some new-look leg pads featuring the club's third jersey color scheme, skated for the full hour-plus and looked good in his first action.

I'm no talent evaluator, but I thought Mason was quick, efficient and even made some highlight-reel stops - which are the only kind of stops you make in a wide-open game of shinny between a bunch of professional hockey players. These guys were making the puck sing out there, whether it was a 2-on-2 drill or a breakaway sequence.

Maybe it was a summer full of house league hockey (no offense, guys), but all it took was watching a couple of these skates to realize how good NHL players are.

Here are some of my general observations from this morning:

-- Much like yesterday, I really liked Brandon Dubinsky's energy level. There seems to be a synergy developing between he and Vinny Prospal. I touched on it yesterday, and the more I see them play together (albeit informally), I think they could be a good pair.

-- This was my first time seeing Aucoin skate, and he looked fresh. He's been training hard over the summer and, like he told me a few weeks ago, is coming to Columbus to be more than just a mentor to the young defensemen. Watching him move around the ice and smartly transport the puck today reaffirmed that. He's got a lot of game left.

-- Anisimov is a dark horse impact player in my book. He's fast, has great size (6-foot-4), and can finish scoring chances. Granted, this format is a lot of run-and-gun without much resistance, but he's a skilled player that could easily pot 20 goals this season.

-- Contrary to what my poor eyesight tells me, Atkinson was not skating today. Please pardon my error on Twitter, and special thanks to Jeff Rimer for confirming that I'm getting old (just kidding, Rims).

-- If the guys skate tomorrow, you'll hear more from me. You, my friends, are lucky.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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