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Jenner eyes roster spot on Blue Jackets

Saturday, 09.07.2013 / 3:30 PM / Features
By Mike Morreale  - NHL.com

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Boone Jenner has his sights set squarely on earning a roster spot right out of training camp, which begins Wednesday Sept. 11 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Until that time, however, he'll continue to impress Blue Jackets brass in attendance this week at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament. Jenner, a 2011 second-round pick (No. 37), has worked exclusively at center during the tournament and has spent much time with wings Kerby Rychel (2013, No. 19) and Oliver Bjorkstrand (2013, No. 89).

Jenner leads the team in shots with nine through two tournament games and has two assists. But he's also doing plenty of the little things that made him such an attractive prospect two years ago in his draft year. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound left-handed shot had 45 goals and 82 points in 56 games in his final season with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League before being assigned to Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. In his five-game trial, he had three goals and four points.

"Obviously, the next step up in hockey from junior to pro is the speed; the plays on the ice are quicker," Jenner told NHL.com. "You're also playing against older, more experienced guys. The experience is great; it gave me an idea what the hockey would be like."

In eight playoff games with the Falcons last season, Jenner had two goals and five points. He acknowledged he'll play wherever the team needs him despite the fact he starred at center throughout his major-junior career in Oshawa, scoring 111 goals and 246 points in 227 games. He also gained experience on wing in Springfield.

If he did earn a roster spot with Columbus out of training camp, it likely would be at right wing because offseason acquisition Nathan Horton will be sidelined until mid-November at the earliest after undergoing left shoulder surgery July 17.

"I'm going to do everything I can to stay in Columbus," Jenner said. "I had a good summer and was on a good training program [with Blue Jackets strength coach Kevin Collins]. I'm going to go out and give it everything I have got and play my game and see what happens.

"I know I'm going to have to earn it since nothing is given."

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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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Johansen 82 33 30 3 63
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
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