We're giving YOU the chance to vote for this year's Blue Jackets team MVP.
Now, think about it...which player had the biggest impact? Who came out of absolutely nowhere and had a terrific season? Which Blue Jacket made you want to rush off to the FS Ohio Blueline and order one of their jerseys immediately?
Those are all things to consider when voting for the 2012-13 Blue Jackets MVP - but there's more. When you vote, fill out the form we've included below and you will be entered to win awesome Blue Jackets prizes. Not only are you voting for something that will be part of team history, but you're eligible to win some pretty cool stuff in the process.
Win-win, right? We thought so.
In order to get you fully prepared for the big decision, we're going to break down each of the four candidates in this year's MVP vote. Keep in mind: we're presenting the best case for all four players, so don't feel swayed in one direction or the other. We're just trying to help you out and put some numbers on the table, you know?
Let's get started...
CANDIDATE #1: MARK LETESTU
Very quickly, Letestu became the go-to guy in pretty much any situation for Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards. He proved not only his versatility and team-first attitude by being able to succeed at any forward position (and he also played the point on the power play at times), but he also put up impressive numbers and led the Blue Jackets in goal-scoring with 13 tallies on the year.
John Davidson and Jarmo Kekalainen knew Letestu was a guy they wanted to be part of the plan going forward, and re-signed Letestu to a two-year deal late in the regular season. Among Letestu's 13 goals on the year were several that came in big moments, like the game-winner in Dallas shown in the video above.
CANDIDATE #2: SERGEI BOBROVSKY
The way this guy played in 2012-13, we should probably start calling him "Robert." Bobrovsky was one of the top stories around the NHL this season, posting a 21-11-6 record in his first year with the Blue Jackets and being a stalwart between the pipes as the club pushed for a playoff spot down the stretch. He recorded his first four career shutouts in 38 games this season, the first coming on Mar. 9 against the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena.
Bobrovsky went 12-3-5 with a 1.64 goals-against average on home ice this season and won five of six starts on a pivotal six-game road trip at the end of the season, a campaign that culminated in a nomination for the Vezina Trophy. The 24-year-old netminder is one of three finalists for the award giving annually to the "goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," along with Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks.
CANDIDATE #3: VINNY PROSPAL
We brought you #VINNING, but the Blue Jackets' ageless wonder has brought us many memorable moments during his two seasons in Columbus. Prospal led the team in scoring this season and contributed his fair share of clutch goals, including the unforgettable spin-o-rama game winner in Detroit that you can watch in the video above. Prospal, 38, has not missed a game in his two seasons with the Blue Jackets (130 games) and his veteran presence has been a positive influence on the organization's young players.
After teasing the 60-point barrier a year ago, Prospal recorded 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points in 48 games - one fewer goal and three more points than Letestu. And if you needed another reason to vote Vinny as the Blue Jackets' MVP...does anyone have a better goal celebration (in practice or games) than this guy?
CANDIDATE #4: FEDOR TYUTIN
Remember that goal? Easily one of - if not the most - exciting moments of the Blue Jackets' late-season playoff run. Tyutin has been a pillar of consistency on the Columbus blue line since arriving from the New York Rangers in the summer of 2008, and has grown along with the Blue Jackets into a top-four defenseman. Tyutin was the third-leading scorer on the team this season and led the club in scoring for the first month-plus of the schedule, finishing with four goals and 22 points while suiting up for all 48 games.
Tyutin has developed into one of the NHL's most unheralded blueliners, logging big minutes every single night and doing all the little things coaches look for in their players: blocking shots, taking hits to make plays and making smart puck decisions in crucial situations. He was a rock-solid +9 on the season, as well.
So, have you made up your mind? Fill out the form below and you're ready to go!