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2018-19 Player Review: Lukas Sedlak had a disappointing season for the Blue Jackets before leaving for the KHL

Lukas Sedlak lost out on his fourth line spot midway through the season, and has already gone back to the KHL.

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Lukas Sedlak has been on a downward trajectory since his rookie season. That is a not a good sign for his relationship with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization going forward.

Since a solid-if-unspectacular rookie season, Lukas Sedlak has regressed to the point that, this past season, Sedlak posted just six points, a minus five, and 9:00 of ice time per night. Sedlak’s faceoff percentage and opportunities also dwindled as he was moved to the wing on the fourth line rather than his customary center position.

On May 31, it was announced that Sedlak signed a two year deal with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. He will not be back in Columbus next season.

2018-19 Lukas Sedlak Stats

Games played: 47
Goals: 4
Assists: 2
Points: 6
Time on ice: 9:00
Penalty Minutes: 10
Corsi For (even strength): 50.7%

2018-19 Playoff Stats

Games played: 0
Goals: 0
Assists: 0
Points: 0
Time on ice: 0
Penalty Minutes: 0
Corsi For (even strength): N/A

Lukas Sedlak’s Contract Status

As noted above, Sedlak will not be in Columbus next season as he leaves to go back to the KHL.

High Point

Uh, great question!

Sedlak had six one point games this season. So there’s that. He had the lone goal as Columbus was demolished on home ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had the opening goals in victories over the Los Angeles Kings and at the Arizona Coyotes. He also scored the fourth goal in a 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers.

For his high point, let’s go with the opening goal against the Arizona Coyotes. It was the final goal he scored in a victory for the Jackets on the year and he was still playing consistently at that point in the season. Sedlak also played the 5th most minutes he saw all season.

Low Point

[searches Lukas Sedlak’s game log on, turns out he had 12 games where he was a -1 but none worse than that]

Way to make this easy on us, Lukas.

Let’s go with his final game of the season. On March 19, Sedlak played just 8:28 (12 total shifts) as the Jackets lost 4-2 to the Calgary Flames. Sedlak had no points, no shots on goal, was a -1, and did not play again the rest of the way down the stretch. While not a great team night, Coach Tortorella must have seen something in Sedlak’s game that cost him his place in the lineup for the rest of his contract.

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