Cannon Blasts - October 2, 2015

Just one more week until the season starts, and we've got you covered on all the latest on the CBJ.


The Jackets wrap up the preseason portion of the schedule with a back-to-back this weekend. Final cuts are coming, as the roster of 31 needs to be at 23 by Monday's deadline. Josh Anderson has been battling blurred vision for over a week, and could start the season on IR if he can't clear (medically) to get to Cleveland. Really, the only drama before Monday is if Kerby Rychel makes a strong enough case to expose Justin Falk to waivers or if the team decides to carry 8 D instead.

  • The SBNation NHL Season Preview is here! Check it out. Click through to read up on all other 29 NHL teams as well.
  • Bovada has their NHL Season Prop Bets out. CBJ over/under win total? 45. That's more than Montreal. Ryan Johansen is 22/1 for the Hart, which is top 15 in the league and ahead of guys like Corey Perry and Anze Kopitar. Joey is also pegged at 30/1 for the Art Ross, again top 15 in the league. They have Bob at 14/1 for the Veizna as well. That's a fun link if, ya know, you lived in Vegas.
  • For the analytics/advanced stats on Boone Jenner's 2014-2015 season, here is BS Hockey's Avery Kreemer's write-up on the former Oshawa General.
  • There is at least one person already touting Brandon Saad as a potential MVP candidate. No word from Bovada on what those odds are.
  • Oleg Yevenko played his way into a two-way contract at camp. Good on him.
  • Sports Illustrated has their season preview out on the Jackets. They have them projected for 103 points and 3rd place in the Metro.
  • Craig Custance has Columbus finishing in the same spot as well in his preview for ESPN.
  • SOME LATE ADDS HERE: First up, Japer's Rink continues their "Top 10" in the Metro - this time it's the LW position, and two Jackets appear in the Top 10. I don't think it's any surprise to see Ovi and Nash go #1 and #2, but Brandon Saad appears at #3. Scott Hartnell is ranked 6th as well, but honestly, give me Hartsy over #4 Jeff Skinner. Obviously putting up something like 25-30-55 would help his case but I just haven't seen it out of Skinner after his rookie season. I'd also take Boone Jenner (not listed) over Patrick Elias, but I'm probably definitely a homer with these things.
  • Similarly they ranked the RWs in the Metro. Like the LWs, I don't think there's any surprise to see Kessel and Voracek at the top. I'll disagree a bit on Foligno being down at #7. One of the main arguments against The Captain's 2014-2015 numbers was his "unsustainable" shooting percentage. It's hard to figure it out - people said the same thing in 2013-2014 when he shot 16.2%. All he did was up that to 17% last season. He'll also be playing with more talent around him, regardless of the line changes HCTR makes during the year. I think if Foligno plays 18+ minutes a night, we'll see his shot total tick up slightly but he will also have guys who can finish. Maybe he doesn't get to 70 points again, but 60+ seems likely. I'd take Fligs over Hornqvist and Oshie - homerism here again, probably.

Preseason is almost over - don't forget, the Jackets will be making a couple practice appearances near Cleveland next week and the Monsters will unveil their new Jackets-themed jersey. Here's a topic that has fallen off - who are going to be the "A's" this season to Foligno's "C"? I have heard nothing on the matter. Maybe it will be a surprise next Friday. Cheers to the weekend, everybody!

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