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NHL Draft: Physical defenseman Zboril adapted well in QMJHL

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 02:00
When European players come to North America, there's always an adjustment to the style of hockey played on this side of the Atlantic. In the case of Czech-born defenseman Jakub Zboril of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hocke...

Saint John could be popular team at 2015 draft

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 02:00
The Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were a popular destination for NHL scouts this season. NHL Central Scouting invited six players from the Sea Dogs to the NHL Scouting Combine, and had a Canadian Hockey League-le...

The Ohio flag, Flag Day and the Blue Jackets: What does it all mean?

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:00
For those who don’t know, Sunday, June 14 is Flag Day – a holiday that is celebrated every year. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Al...

Scholarship recipient Gates 'honored' to receive award from Blue Jackets Foundation

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 02:00
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, whose mission is to support the education of local youth and advance the development of amateur hockey, awarded Ethan Gates of Athens this year’s $10,000 High School Hockey Scholarship. Gates recently gradu...

#CBJ Photo Journal: Scott Hartnell

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 02:00

Konecny used hockey to develop socially, physically

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:00
There was a time when the anxiety of meeting new people outweighed the joy of playing hockey for Ottawa 67's forward Travis Konecny. "I didn't really want to play hockey," he said. "When I was a little kid I was afraid of the people in the lock...

Mixer's Mailbag: Offseason Vol. 7

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 02:00
Thanks to all who submitted questions for the offseason's seventh #CBJ mailbag. Hopefully, we'll get together every Thursday/Friday and I'll answer your questions, so send them to @RobMixer anytime. This week's mailbag begins with another shout...

Blue Jackets hit stretch drive to NHL Draft weekend

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 02:00
Like 29 other NHL teams, the Blue Jackets put a checkmark next to “NHL Combine” on their pre-draft to-do list last weekend in Buffalo. For the first time, the league hosted the annual Combine at HarborCenter, the Sabres’ new state-of-the-art pr...

#CBJ Photo Journal: Artem Anisimov

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 02:00

NHL Draft: Strome, Marner continue longstanding competition

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 02:00
CHICAGO — Mitchell Marner and Dylan Strome have been competing against each other since they were 10 years old. They are two kids from the Toronto area, and they are still competing even though there are no more hockey games to play this seaso...

Blue Jackets sign defenseman Austin Madaisky to one-year, two-way contract

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 10:40
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenseman Austin Madaisky to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract for the 2015-16 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, ...

NHL Combine: Barzal shows knee is fully healed

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 02:00
BUFFALO -- The 2015 NHL Scouting Combine might have been more important for Seattle Thunderbirds center Mathew Barzal than for other prospects. Barzal was limited to 44 games during the regular season because of a knee injury that sidelined him...

#CBJ Photo Journal: Ryan Johansen

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 02:00

NHL Combine: Eichel highlights fitness testing results in Buffalo

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 02:00
BUFFALO -- Boston University center Jack Eichel showed he has a fitness level to match his tremendous on-ice skills at the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo on Saturday. Eichel, NHL Central Scouting's No. 2-ranked North American skater for ...

NHL Combine: Defense prospects poised to steal spotlight

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 02:00
BUFFALO -- There is the potential for some breakout stars to emerge from a group of defense prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft that has been overshadowed by the top-end forwards who have dominated the attention during the buildup to the draft. Th...

NHL Combine: Y-Balance provides unique test for players

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 02:00
BUFFALO – The 2015 NHL Scouting Combine featured many physical tests for the top prospects in the 2015 NHL Draft to take part in, but the newest one that tested their abilities was the Y-Balance test. The Y-Balance is used to test each player’s...

Blue Jackets remain hopeful Reilly signs with team

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 06:00
BUFFALO -- Columbus Blue Jackets director of amateur scouting Paul Castron remembers that when they selected defenseman Mike Reilly in the fourth round (No. 98) of the 2011 NHL Draft, it was with the hope that he could develop into a big piece of ...

Memorial Tournament week is special for Richards, Dubinsky

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 02:00
Todd Richards has stood in the middle of the 14th fairway at Muirfield Village and stared down one of the course’s most daunting shots. Brandon Dubinsky has spent many summer mornings on the 12th tee, trying to summon the confidence to hit a q...