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2016-2017 Blue Jackets Player Reviews - Nick Foligno

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The Captain returned to form this past season, leading his team to the franchise’s best season ever.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Columbus Blue Jackets - Game Four Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

2016-17 Stats

Games played: 79
Goals: 26
Assists: 25
Points: 51
Time on ice: 18:25
Penalty Minutes: 55
Corsi For (even strength): 51.3%

It has been well documented that in the 2015-2016 season Nick Foligno bore the brunt of the Jackets’ terrible year in his first season as Captain. He bounced back this past season, however, looking more like the Nicky that we’ve seen in the past.

The man wearing the “C” won’t get back to his 73 point career season, and that’s just fine. His 51 point campaign this past year is the kind of production we should expect, though he still finished second on the team in goals, fourth in points and led the team in powerplay markers.

He’s relied on for more than scoring - he led the forwards in ice time, contributes on both special teams and his versatility saw him play multiple forward positions, including center.

You have to applaud Foligno’s charity work, and his impact on the community in Columbus. He’s a true ambassador - one of the good guys in the game. He’s clearly become comfortable in his role(s), and after leading his team to their best season in franchise history, he knows what it takes to take his club to the next level.

HIGHLIGHTS

Nicky with the stick

Nicky with the mitts (he didn’t win the fight, but sticking up for Wennberg shows his character)

Nicky with the funnies

Nicky sends the fans home happy with a goal and a hug