Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Jackets' Offense of the Future

When Rick Nash left the Blue Jackets several years ago, fans like myself wondered where they would get their goals from.  The overwhelming response to such questions was "offense by committee."  We were getting Dubinsky and Anisimov who had the potential to be 20-goal scorers.  Anisimov accomplished that and Dubinsky was close.

Now with Ryan Johansen, Nick Foligno, and Scott Hartnell reaching the 20-goal plateau this season, it got me thinking.  The Jackets really have some potent offensive weapons.  They seem to have an abundance of players who have scored or have the potential to score 20 goals in a season.

Johansen, Foligno, Hartnell, and Anisimov have already done it.  I would think logic suggests they can do it again.

Others, in my opinion, who have the potential to score 20 goals: Atkinson, Dubinsky, Jenner.  Clarkson has done it in the past and Jackets fans like myself are hoping he can find some semblance of his former 20-goal scoring self next season.

Plus you have Wennberg and Dano who arguably could be 20-goal scorers in the near future.  Throw Borkstrand into that mix and that gives the Jackets a whopping 11 players capable.  Obviously having 11 20-goal scorers on a team is a bit far-fetched, but it makes me smile to think about the future of the Blue Jackets.  I only hope our coaching staff can install the right system to bring the most offense out of these players.

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