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Cannon Blasts - October 2, 2015

Just one more week until the season starts, and we've got you covered on all the latest on the CBJ.

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The Jackets wrap up the preseason portion of the schedule with a back-to-back this weekend.  Final cuts are coming, as the roster of 31 needs to be at 23 by Monday's deadline.  Josh Anderson has been battling blurred vision for over a week, and could start the season on IR if he can't clear (medically) to get to Cleveland.  Really, the only drama before Monday is if Kerby Rychel makes a strong enough case to expose Justin Falk to waivers or if the team decides to carry 8 D instead.

  • The SBNation NHL Season Preview is here! Check it out.  Click through to read up on all other 29 NHL teams as well.
  • Bovada has their NHL Season Prop Bets out.  CBJ over/under win total?  45.  That's more than  Montreal. Ryan Johansen is 22/1 for the Hart, which is top 15 in the league and ahead of guys like Corey Perry and Anze Kopitar.  Joey is also pegged at 30/1 for the Art Ross, again top 15 in the league.  They have Bob at 14/1 for the Veizna as well.  That's a fun link if, ya know, you lived in Vegas.
  • For the analytics/advanced stats on Boone Jenner's 2014-2015 season, here is BS Hockey's Avery Kreemer's write-up on the former Oshawa General.
  • There is at least one person already touting Brandon Saad as a potential MVP candidate.  No word from Bovada on what those odds are.
  • Oleg Yevenko played his way into a two-way contract at camp. Good on him.
  • Sports Illustrated has their season preview out on the Jackets.  They have them projected for 103 points and 3rd place in the Metro.
  • Craig Custance has Columbus finishing in the same spot as well in his preview for ESPN.
  • SOME LATE ADDS HERE: First up, Japer's Rink continues their "Top 10" in the Metro - this time it's the LW position, and two Jackets appear in the Top 10. I don't think it's any surprise to see Ovi and Nash go #1 and #2, but Brandon Saad appears at #3.  Scott Hartnell is ranked 6th as well, but honestly, give me Hartsy over #4 Jeff Skinner.  Obviously putting up something like 25-30-55 would help his case but I just haven't seen it out of Skinner after his rookie season.  I'd also take Boone Jenner (not listed) over Patrick Elias, but I'm probably definitely a homer with these things.
  • Similarly they ranked the RWs in the Metro.  Like the LWs, I don't think there's any surprise to see Kessel and Voracek at the top.  I'll disagree a bit on Foligno being down at #7.   One of the main arguments against The Captain's 2014-2015 numbers was his "unsustainable" shooting percentage.  It's hard to figure it out - people said the same thing in 2013-2014 when he shot 16.2%.  All he did was up that to 17% last season.  He'll also be playing with more talent around him, regardless of the line changes HCTR makes during the year.  I think if Foligno plays 18+ minutes a night, we'll see his shot total tick up slightly but he will also have guys who can finish.  Maybe he doesn't get to 70 points again, but 60+ seems likely.  I'd take Fligs over Hornqvist and Oshie - homerism here again, probably.
Preseason is almost over - don't forget, the Jackets will be making a couple practice appearances near Cleveland next week and the Monsters will unveil their new Jackets-themed jersey.  Here's a topic that has fallen off - who are going to be the "A's" this season to Foligno's "C"?  I have heard nothing on the matter.  Maybe it will be a surprise next Friday.  Cheers to the weekend, everybody!