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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 talking about offense. Not practice, as Allen Iverson once memorably said (and repeated)...but the coveted aspect of offense from the defense. Who's bringing it to the table for their teams, and are those teams in playoff contention? There's often a correlation between those two things, and one of the Blue Jackets is among the top-scoring defensemen in the division. 

It's a game day and the Blue Jackets are looking for their fourth straight win - and not surprisingly, they've received solid offensive production from their blue line of late. Let's get this week's power rankings started, shall we? 



JAMES WISNIEWSKI
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
2013-14: 38 GP, 2-23-25 (+1)




Rob Mixer of BlueJackets.com mentioned it on Twitter after Saturday's game in Winnipeg, but it bears repeating: when are more people going to start talking about Wisniewski's strong start to the season? He's missed seven games due to injury but has been one of the Blue Jackets' most consistent sources of offense; Wisniewski's points-per-game rate (.657) is in the same vicinity as Ottawa's Erik Karlsson (.673) and his 23 assists are 13th-most among all NHL defensemen. 


 

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