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SBN Reacts: Do Columbus fans see the Blue Jackets as Cup contenders?

Plus, some eliminated fanbases have joined the bandwagon

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Boston Bruins v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NHL. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Blue Jackets fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

As the NHL prepares to restart the 2020 season, fans have reassessed where they think their favorite team stands.

In the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, NHL fans were asked if they believe their favorite team is a serious championship contender. Or, if their team is no longer playing, who that fanbase will turn to now.

Currently sitting ninth in the Eastern Conference, Columbus fans aren’t overly confident in the team. Under 50 percent of fans believe the Blue Jackets have a serious shot at the Stanley Cup.

There isn’t much of a silver lining for fans if things go wrong. According to the survey, only 23% of fans would want their team to tank for an opportunity to draft Alexis Lafrenière. This is a scenario MrSwift discussed previously.

The Blue Jackets return to action Sunday for their qualifying round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.


How deep do you think the Jackets will go in this postseason?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Conference finals or beyond!
    (49 votes)
  • 25%
    Conference semifinals, like last year
    (43 votes)
  • 28%
    They’ll beat Toronto, but that’s it
    (49 votes)
  • 18%
    They’ll lose to Toronto
    (31 votes)
172 votes total Vote Now

For some good news, among the fans whose teams have already been eliminated, two groups are cheering for the Blue Jackets. Surprisingly, former rival (?) Detroit is one of them. With the Sharks being the other fanbase on board, I guess the Gus Nyquist fan club is larger than expected.

To vote in the Reacts surveys and have your voice heard each week, sign up here.