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Fun stuff Friday: Emil Bemstrom is riding high as he finds his game

The rookie is starting to discover his play after a slow start to the season.

Montreal Canadiens v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

Emil Bemstrom is starting to discover his game as the team nears Thanksgiving, just in time for the Columbus Blue Jackets whose offense has been struggling for much of the season.

Heading into Saturday night’s matchup with the Winnipeg Jets, Bemstrom is finding his scoring touch. Last night unfortunately broke his point streak dating to the Jackets’ road win over the Arizona Coyotes. In that time he had notched 3-3-6 and climbed into a tie for fifth on the team for most goals scored this season. He remains on a point per game pace over his last six games, however.

Bemstrom struggled to start the season as he adjusted to the North American game, which is to be expected. In October Bemstrom managed to find the score sheet just twice (two assists) as he was able to find the ice for just 10:29 per night. More concerning, Bemstrom was not shooting the puck - he had just 15 shots on net in 12 games, not good enough for a player billed as having an excellent shot and great offensive capabilities.

In November, Bemstrom’s game in the offensive zone has elevated. He has six points in games and, more crucially, has begun shooting the puck more often. After averaging just 1.25 shots per game in October, Bemstrom has 16 shots taken in eight games, nearly doubling his shot attempts per game. As a result, his offensive production has picked up as well as his time on ice (Bemstrom is now averaging 11:04 in the month of November).

Bemstrom is currently 5th on the team in points per 60 at 5v5 (1.62), 7th in individual scoring chances for per 60 (6.81, .09 behind Cam Atkinson and Boone Jenner), and has a 49.5% CF% for the season.

Bemstrom is finding his game as the season wears along, something that can only be a positive for the team going forward.