EDITOR'S NOTE: You've arrived at 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 this week's rankings, we're taking a look at something a bit multi-faceted: we're ranking the top-five TOI leaders AND point producers for the Blue Jackets over the past week of games. This is going to involve part statistics and part opinion in ranking them Nos. 1 through 5, so bear with us! Basically, this week's rankings should give you an idea of a) which Blue Jackets players are logging a lot of ice time and b) which players are contributing offensively on top of the heavy workload.
FEDOR TYUTIN (D)
TOI THIS WEEK: 22:17, 22:08, 23:06. 26:47
2 ASSISTS, + 2
The other half of the Blue Jackets' top defense pairing is playing some of the best hockey of his career, and that's saying a lot for a guy who has been an absolutely warrior for Columbus since arriving in 2008. Tyutin's ice time steadily climbed during the team's four games in six days this week, and as stated on the previous page, he and Johnson have taken on difficult assignments on a nightly basis and performed admirably.
Tyutin's highest TOI total of the week came Saturday night against St. Louis and many of his shifts came against the David Backes line for St. Louis - a line you really didn't hear much from until the game-winning goal in overtime (bummer, yes, but the overall performance was strong). He and Johnson saw a lot of ice against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on Monday in Pittsburgh, and a lot of Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and others on Thursday in New York.
Because of that tandem's increasingly solid play and the increased ice time + offensive production, Tyutin gets this week's No. 2 ranking.