EDITOR'S NOTE: You've arrived at the inaugural edition of the CBJ Power Rankings, our weekly breakdown of the top-five players, statistics, trends and many other Blue Jackets-related categories. If you're looking for the traditional power rankings, you've come to the wrong place. We'll go in-depth and outside the box, and hopefully, give you something to think about.
For our maiden power rankings voyage, we're going to take a look at the Blue Jackets forwards. As you're aware, the team has suffered some significant injuries up front and while it has made for a depleted lineup on some nights, opportunities have opened up for the organization's younger players.
Who are the Blue Jackets' time on ice (TOI) leaders among forwards, and what are they bringing to the table?
AVERAGE TOI/GAME: 17:36
2013-14: 17 GP, 5-6-11 (+1)
Injuries have slowed Gaborik this season (he's expected to miss a few more weeks with a sprained knee), but when he has been in the lineup, he has logged heavy minutes and opposing teams always have their head on a swivel making sure they don't lose track of No. 10. He's averaging a shade under 18 minutes a night and is the top option when the Blue Jackets head to the power play, but surprisingly, his five goals this season have all come at even strength. When he's back in the lineup, the Blue Jackets would like to see him shoot the puck more (Gaborik fired more than three shots on goal just once in 12 games prior to his injury) because when he does, it's usually a legitimate scoring opportunity. Columbus needs Gaborik to be a go-to guy and for him to want the puck on his stick, and hopefully, he can do that once he's fully recovered.