The writers here at the FanSided Sports Network are now on day nine of our NHL season preview. I’d like you to skate over to each of our sites daily and see what our talented hockey writers have to say about their teams’ upcoming season. Remember, we’re all fans and we have high expectations for our team, and previews are what they are…..previews. It will be interesting to see what the gang here has to say about their respective clubs. Will the Washington Capitals finally challenge for the Cup, what will happen to the Boston Bruins as they try to defend their championship, and can the Vancouver Canucks survive the “heartbreak” of losing in the Finals without tearing up their city….again.
Yesterday Joe Reader one of the staff writers at Fire That Cannon began his preview by asking a very common question: Is it October yet? While we know the answer is no, people in Columbus are anticipating this upcoming season with their eyes wide open after the flurry of activity of the summer. With the addition of Jeff Carter to bolster the offence, Rick Nash now gets that real number one center that he’s always wanted. By giving up the sometimes lethargic, yet very talented Jacob Voracek along with a couple draft picks, Columbus looks to have won this deal. On defence they added The Wiz, James Wisniewski, who will spruce up the power play, and add some toughness. The Wiz however has a careless habit about him of sometimes being too aggressive. It will be interesting to see if he can validate the 6 year $33 million dollar deal he received.
Joe had this to say about James and the team’s defensive changes:
James Wisniewski should give the Jackets a solid offensive boost on the blueline, coming off a 51-point scoring season. He represents a pretty tremendous upgrade from the departed Jan Hejda, who left for Colorado with little effort by Columbus to keep him in town. It should also be noted on the defensive end of the ice that the Blue Jackets re-signed Marc Methot (four years) and Fedor Tyutin (six years) to long-term deals since last season, two guys the organization clearly thinks pretty highly of in terms of their ability to contribute to the success of the team.
Columbus no matter what will have a tough time in the West. They hung around last season fighting for the playoffs until they just ran out of gas in early March. Besides Nash they have some decent players such as Antione Vermette, Derek Brassard and roookie hopeful Ryan Johansen. In goal they have former rookie of the year Steve Mason as the number one guy. Mason who bounced back from his sophomore slump needs to find that consistency that’s so hard for a young netminder. He’s a workhorse though, and like most goalies, the more work he gets the better he performs.
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