Welcome to another installment of "So, You Want to be a Blue Jacket?
This series is presented in the form of a mock job interview. The operative word here is mock. We're presenting these from the perspective of the player, as if they were applying for a job with the Jackets. The players themselves aren't involved, so don't contact the team if you disagree with one of their answers! No player will avoid the interview process, not even Rick Nash. Today's job candidate is...
Q) Hi Jared, tell us a little about yourself.
A) I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 13, 1986. I play right wing and have developed a bit of a reputation as a fighter. I was drafted by the Blue Jackets 101st overall in 2005. Columbus is the only team I’ve played with in my professional career.
Q) Tell us about some intangibles you could bring to the Blue Jackets.
A) As I mentioned, I’m a fighter. I leave it all on the ice to protect my teammates. Often fighting players that are bigger than me, I’ve become known as a fierce competitor and will never back down.
Q) What areas of your game do you think you can improve on?
A) I don’t add too much offense, but I am working to improve on that. Last year, I scored more goals than any previous year.
Q) Can you give us some examples of your hockey accomplishments?
A) I’m still early on in my career and hoping to leave a positive mark on the NHL. As an alternate captain with the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL, we won the J. Ross Roberston Cup and I had my best season, scoring 28 goals en route to winning the championship.