From Craig Custance of The Sporting News:
In case you were wondering, I’m firmly on board the Columbus bandwagon. No, I don’t think they’re going to win the Stanley Cup anytime soon, but I believe in Scott Howson and what he’s doing with the Blue Jackets. I’m already on record as saying Columbus will make the playoffs this season, and you’ll see it again when our NHL preview comes out in Sporting News Magazine. But still, I wanted a little reassurance.
I got it today from Michael Peca. He flat out said that this is a 100-point team right now in Columbus. Last year, they had trouble getting the puck to their forwards. That’s been solved with a revamped blue line. Rick Nash has never had an equally skilled player to get him the puck. Enter Kristian Huselius.
You could tell that Peca loves the acquisition of R.J. Umberger, who he thinks would do well skating with Nash and Huselius.
“I think we have a great blend of youth and experience, size and skill,” Peca said. “There are just a lot of things to be upbeat and excited about.”
Read the entire entry here.
I like the Blue Jackets this season, I like them enough to believe they will crack the playoffs, but 100 points? Let’s take it easy Mr. Peca. Only five teams in the NHL earned 100 points last season!