Bad from last year:
The fact that the Blue Jackets couldn’t stay out of the penalty box was a killer. They allowed 181 power plays last year. That’s the most of any team. Columbus also allowed 9 shorthanded goals last year. Another thing that killed Columbus was the 2-10 record in shootouts. No team had a worst shootout record than Columbus. Also, when scoring first the Blue Jackets had a winning percentage of 52.6%. That’s not going to win games, considering that they only scored first 38 times last season.
The Blue Jackets did have little good things last year. They were in the top half in the power play percentage and they did have a winning record against the Southeast division. The Southeast division was the only division that Columbus had a winning record against.
Best Free Agent Gained:
Ben Guite should be a big contributor on the offensive end.
Where I see the Blue Jackets in 2010:
The Blue Jackets need to stay out of the penalty box. If Columbus could have more power plays than penalty kills this year then look for the Jackets to have a good season. With their talent they should have a good year. But, if they stay in the penalty box again, they won’t be able to use their talent, which will lead to a bad year.