10 Questions with ... Kristian Huselius

Huselius is quiet off the ice, but his game makes plenty of noise

Wednesday, 08.20.2008 / 9:39 AM / Features
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

In the fourth installment of our off-season series, BlueJackets.com posed 10 questions to new Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kristian Huselius, who signed a contract with the team on July 2.

BlueJackets.com: What were your first impressions after signing in Columbus?

Kristian Huselius: Well, I talked to Ken Hitchcock and Scott Howson that day, and everything felt good after talking to them. I liked the direction the team was going and had been going the past couple of years. (With Calgary) I played a lot against Columbus, they improved a lot and were a tough team to play against last season. (Hitchcock and Howson) really thought my skill and capability to play with the puck fit with their system, and that was important to me.


CBJ.com: How excited are you to be here?

KH: I'm very excited. This is going to be an exciting team in the next few years, with young players getting better and better. I wanted to be a part of this and hopefully I can help the team make the playoffs for the first time. We have a great player in Rick Nash and a good goaltender - if we can come together quick in training camp and get some confidence, I think we’re going to make a lot of noise.


CBJ.com: What did you know about Columbus before signing?

KH: I didn't know a lot. I knew it was a nice city to live in, I heard a lot of good words. I talked to a couple of guys who played in Columbus before I signed, and they had nothing but good things to say. This is a good place for families, with good schools for my two daughters. It was good to talk to those people and hear good things about the city. It really wasn't a tough decision.


CBJ.com: How would your teammates describe your personality?

KH: I would say I'm a pretty calm guy. Wow, that's a tough question! I don't like to make a lot of noise around me; I'm pretty quiet.


Kristian Huselius (with the Flames last season) playing in what will be his new favorite arena come September.

CBJ.com: What is your favorite NHL arena?

KH: I hope it's going to be Nationwide Arena before too long! Obviously, there are a lot of really nice buildings around the league, and it's great to play in the Canadian cities, too. Hopefully, we can fill Nationwide and have a good run this year


CBJ.com: Describe your style of play.

KH: It all starts with defense, obviously, but I like to control the puck and make plays. I like to create scoring chances, both for my teammates and myself


CBJ.com: When did you start playing hockey?

KH:I started playing when I was six-years-old. My parents took me to a hockey school here in Sweden, and after that, I joined the team in the suburbs of Stockholm and I just kept going


CBJ.com: What are your hobbies during the off-season?

KH: I like trotting on horses in Sweden, that's one of my big hobbies. Once in a while during the summer, I like to go to the race tracks, too. Mainly in the summer time, you don't do more than workout and spend time with your family and friends, because you don’t get to see them as often during the season.


CBJ.com: Which Blue Jackets are you looking forward to playing with?

KH: Well, first, I'm just excited to be a part of Columbus with all of the players here. Obviously, it’s going to be fun watching all of the new, young players develop. It’s going to be great to see Rick Nash play, and I’ve played with Fredrik Modin a couple of times on the Swedish national team. I just can't wait until training camp starts


CBJ.com: Do you prefer to stay in for dinner, or go out?

KH: During the season, I like to stay and eat at the hotels on the road. Before games, I like to relax at the hotel, have a good dinner and just prepare for the game


Thanks, Kristian, and welcome to Columbus!




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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


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J. Wisniewski 75 7 44 0 51
B. Dubinsky 76 16 34 5 50
C. Atkinson 79 21 19 -4 40
A. Anisimov 81 22 17 -2 39
N. Foligno 70 18 21 5 39
R. Umberger 74 18 16 -3 34
M. Letestu 82 12 22 1 34
J. Johnson 82 5 28 -7 33
B. Jenner 72 16 13 6 29
S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
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