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2017-18 Columbus Blue Jackets Player Review: Lukas Sedlak

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Lukas Sedlak did a lot of the little things for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Like standing up for his teammate against Ryan Reaves.

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Lukas Sedlak only scored eight points for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season, but he’s one of those that sticks out for more than just the goals and assists.

For instance, that time he took on all of 6’1”, 225 pounds noted enforcer, Ryan Reaves. Reaves, 31, who has one foot, 20 pounds on the 25-year-old Sedlak, also has 789 penalty minutes to his name since he debuted in the league in 2010-11. That pits him eighth in the NHL over that span, and he finished ninth in the league this season with 94 minutes in the box.

By comparison, Sedlak has 46 penalty minutes in his two NHL seasons.

In sticking up for a teammate, one Markus Hännikäinen, Sedlak was not exactly victorious in the tussle but earned some bonus points with everyone.

And he wears No. 45, the number of another noted Blue Jackets enforcer.

My pal, Jody Shelley, and I.

Lukas Sedlak 2017-18 Stats

Games Played: 53
Goals: 4
Assists: 4
Points: 8
Time on ice: 9:24
Penalty Minutes: 21
Corsi For: 49.2%

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High Point

That fight versus Reaves mentioned at the top. That was a high point because you’re always going to gain respect from your peers, teammates, and coaches when you stick up for your teammates.

And maybe sacrifice your life.

Low Point

Injuries.

Sedlak had a couple of big injuries to his season. One that occurred in late October, when he missed a month with an ankle sprain suffered in practice. He was slated to miss six weeks but returned to the lineup Nov. 22 against the Flames.

Sedlak then missed the rest of the regular season and playoffs after taking a puck to the back of the head on a slap shot by teammate Seth Jones against the Panthers in late March.

Lukas Sedlak, Matt Calvert, Oliver Bjorkstand (All Strengths)

Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 GP TOI CF CA CF% FF FA FF% SF SA SF% GF GA GF% SCF SCA SCF% HDCF HDCA HDCF% HDGF HDGA HDGF% On-Ice SH% On-Ice SV% PDO Off. Zone Faceoffs Neu. Zone Faceoffs Def. Zone Faceoffs Off. Zone Faceoff %
Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 GP TOI CF CA CF% FF FA FF% SF SA SF% GF GA GF% SCF SCA SCF% HDCF HDCA HDCF% HDGF HDGA HDGF% On-Ice SH% On-Ice SV% PDO Off. Zone Faceoffs Neu. Zone Faceoffs Def. Zone Faceoffs Off. Zone Faceoff %
Lukas Sedlak Matt Calvert Oliver Bjorkstrand 47 48.25 47 44 51.65 36 30 54.55 29 18 61.7 2 3 40 20 14 58.82 8 6 57.14 0 3 0 6.9 83.33 0.902 16 15 13 55.17
Lukas Sedlak Matt Calvert w/o Oliver Bjorkstrand 47 157.42 139 151 47.93 111 115 49.12 73 92 44.24 6 17 26.09 74 80 48.05 32 32 50 3 8 27.27 8.22 81.52 0.897 42 59 64 39.62
Lukas Sedlak w/o Matt Calvert Oliver Bjorkstrand 53 40:00 21 29 42 17 23 42.5 13 18 41.94 2 0 100 9 10 47.37 3 2 60 0 0 - 15.38 100 1.154 3 13 10 23.08
Lukas Sedlak w/o Matt Calvert w/o Oliver Bjorkstrand 53 252.06 202 241 45.6 160 180 47.06 115 126 47.72 7 7 50 78 111 41.27 29 56 34.12 3 3 50 6.09 94.44 1.005 54 66 109 33.13
w/o Lukas Sedlak Matt Calvert Oliver Bjorkstrand 69 158:01 141 166 45.93 120 124 49.18 84 90 48.28 10 8 55.56 57 79 41.91 26 34 43.33 5 5 50 11.9 91.11 1.03 56 52 57 49.56
w/o Lukas Sedlak Matt Calvert w/o Oliver Bjorkstrand 69 558:48 449 593 43.09 332 441 42.95 266 337 44.11 17 35 32.69 235 292 44.59 98 136 41.88 6 21 22.22 6.39 89.61 0.96 120 175 273 30.53
w/o Lukas Sedlak w/o Matt Calvert Oliver Bjorkstrand 82 925:09 1015 770 56.86 776 575 57.44 528 411 56.23 41 29 58.57 470 349 57.39 177 154 53.47 25 14 64.1 7.77 92.94 1.007 349 247 207 62.77
w/o Lukas Sedlak w/o Matt Calvert w/o Oliver Bjorkstrand 82 2855:13 2959 2746 51.87 2293 2034 52.99 1688 1509 52.8 164 137 54.49 1417 1370 50.84 571 564 50.31 87 67 56.49 9.72 90.92 1.006 1132 938 894 55.87
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Sedlak will be a restricted free agent following the 2019-20 season. I like his determination and even a bit of the physicality he brings to the club. Entering his third NHL season, I am curious to see if he can stay healthy and expound upon his just 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists).

I mean, I’m not saying he’s William Karlsson, but Karlsson kind of rewrote the book on player usage and roles upon a team. Who knows what a guy like Sedlak may be able to provide if he was able to get more minutes on a nightly basis.

And what he may be able to provide to the team assuming he can avoid the unlucky injury. Just among the situations to monitor with the young Czech center.

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