Training Camp: Day 1

Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 3:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


John Davidson addressed the Blue Jackets today in the dressing room with a simple message: "we're going north."

Gathered on the ice for the first time since early April, and with several new faces sprinkled among the group, the Blue Jackets opened Training Camp presented by OhioHealth today before a standing-room only crowd at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. With 25 players on the ice and the entire coaching staff on hand to begin the rapid-fire learning process, the northbound journey began with a standing ovation from the fans in the building.

Davidson armed the players with the expectation that beginning immediately, the Blue Jackets' goal is to be the hardest-working team in the NHL and a club that brings a high level of intensity to the rink every single day.

And according to head coach Todd Richards, his players did exactly that. After Richards addressed the crowd, he put the Blue Jackets through an up-tempo practice that clocked in at a shade under 90 minutes, focusing on their transition game and creating traffic at the front of the net -- a hallmark of Richards' philosophy. He wants his teams to be overwhelming in the scoring areas, giving them as many opportunities as possible to score goals.

Davidson said he has no reservations if this year's Blue Jackets have to "score by committee."

"I’m more worried about keeping the puck out of the net," Davidson said. "If we do that, we’ll be fine. It’s obvious with our club that we’re going to need four lines, and they’re all going to have to do some scoring for us. We want the fans to come watch a team that’s going to work our tails off."

Richards assembled the players into line combinations that he's no doubt thought of for months. When asked how long he thought of the initial groupings, he joked that he wasn't exactly pulling names out of a hat.

Here were the first day's line combinations:

FORWARDS
Umberger - Brassard - Atkinson

Dubinsky - Anisimov - Dorsett

Prospal - Letestu - Foligno

MacKenzie - Jenner - Boll

Gillies - Johansen - Calvert

DEFENSE
Tyutin - Nikitin

Johnson - Wisniewski

Moore - Aucoin

Erixon - Savard

GOALTENDERS
Mason

Bobrovsky

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

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 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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