Jenner to start season with Gaborik and Dubinsky

Saturday, 09.28.2013 / 1:50 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

While it may have seemed a risky proposition at first, it didn't take long for Boone Jenner to prove he belonged on the Blue Jackets' top line.

Sure, he's 20-year-old rookie and a young man who has never before skated in a regular-season National Hockey League game. But his performance last season (a 45-goal campaign in junior hockey) coupled with a strong playoff in the American Hockey League with Springfield really gave him a boost as he prepared for a real push this fall.

When training camp opened two weeks ago, many thought Jenner had a good chance of making the Blue Jackets' final roster but no one surmised he would end up alongside Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky on opening night.

That line seemed to gel right away, and turned in dominating preseason performances against the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins (eight combined points in each game). As a result, Todd Richards has no other choice but to keep them intact when the 2013-14 season begins in less than a week.

"I'm prepared to start Friday with (Jenner) on the left side with Dubinsky and Gaborik," Richards said, "unless something changes or we have to change because something happens in practice."

The line has three complementary parts: Dubinsky is a strong presence in the middle of the ice who wins a lot of face-offs and can control the possession aspect of the game. He's also a good forechecker who can hunt down pucks and be the first player on the backcheck if the puck is turned over.

Gaborik, one of the game's elite goal-scorers, figures to see his line start with the puck more often that not and he and Dubinsky love to work the give-and-go. They have played together before when they were with the New York Rangers and both players have said they have good chemistry and know how the other likes to play the game.

Where does that leave Jenner? He's the guy who isn't making any friends on the opposition; finishing checks, relentlessly hunting down loose pucks and making life miserable for defensemen.

Richards has said he likes Jenner's strength along the walls and ability to dig pucks out of the corner, which is a key for the Blue Jackets to keep plays alive in the offensive zone and hopefully create more chances.

"Based on what they were able to do and how they were able to play as a group, I would be foolish to try and experiment with (Jenner) now somewhere else," Richards said. "I think they've worked so well together."

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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 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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