Columbus Blue Jackets Best Players of All Time

Brandon McNally

The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Ohio that compete within the National Hockey League (NHL). Established as an expansion team in 2000, they have gone on to become one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division. With their dynamic play and passionate fans, the Blue Jackets have become a force to be reckoned with.

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1. Jakub Voráček

Jakub Voráček Career

  • 2005–06: HC Rabat Kladno
  • 2006–07: Halifax Mooseheads
  • 2007–08: Halifax Mooseheads
  • 2008–09: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • 2009–10: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • 2010–11: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • 2011–12: Philadelphia Flyers
  • 2012–13: HC Lev Praha
  • 2012–13: Philadelphia Flyers

Jakub Voráček is a 33-year-old right winger who currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers. Voracek was drafted by the Flyers in 2007, and has since played over 550 games in the NHL.

He originally played as a forward, but he has recently transitioned to playing on the right wing due to his ability to create offence from that position. 

Voracek is known for his hard work ethic, as well as his puck possession skills which enable him to create chances for himself and others on the ice.

He has won two Stanley Cups with Philadelphia (in 2011 and 2018), and also represented Czech Republic at both the Olympics (2008) and World Championships (2013). 

In 2017, he became an unrestricted free agent after five seasons with Philadelphia, but re-signed with them shortly afterwards Jakub Voráček was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2007 and has since played for HC Kladno, HC Lev Praha, and Philadelphia Flyers.

Voráček is known for his speed and playmaking ability on the ice. He has represented his country at multiple tournaments such as the World Championships and Olympics. 

Voráček will be looking to continue his successful NHL career when he joins the Chicago Blackhawks this upcoming season.

2. Boone Jenner


Boone Jenner

Boone Jenner is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He was drafted eighth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 

Jenner made his National Hockey League debut with the Blue Jackets during the 2013–14 season and recorded his first career point, an assist, in a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on October 17, 2013.

In 2017–18 he played for Team Canada at both the World Championship and Olympic Winter Games tournaments, winning gold at each event. 

After being traded to Anaheim Ducks in June 2018, he signed with Les Sables d'Olonne of France's Ligue Magnus as a free agent later that month Boone Jenner was drafted 37th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Boone has spent most of his career playing for the Blue Jackets, but he has also had stints with the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. Boone is a skilled center who can score goals and drive to the net effectively. 

He is an excellent passer and playmaker, which makes him very valuable on offense as well as on defense. Boone is an intelligent player who always seems to know where he needs to be on the ice in order to help his team win games.

He will likely be a long-time fixture in Columbus' lineup, continuing to provide skill and leadership for years to come.

3. Zach Werenski


Zach Werenski Career

  • 2013–14: U.S. NTDP Juniors
  • 2013–14: U.S. NTDP U17
  • 2013–14: U.S. NTDP U18
  • 2014–15: University of Michigan
  • 2015–16: University of Michigan
  • 2015–16: Lake Erie Monsters
  • 2016–17: Columbus Blue Jackets

Zach Werenski was drafted first overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2016 NHL Draft. Zach Werenski is a skilled defenseman who has been highly touted since he was young.

He played for Lake Erie of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2017-2018 season and had great success, earning rookie of the year honors as well as being named to both AHL All-Star team and league's best defensive team.

Zach Werenski is expected to make his debut with Columbus this upcoming season and will be a key part of their defense corps going forward. Zach Werenski is a defenseman for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was drafted 8th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft by the team.

Zach plays left defense and has represented Team USA at various international tournaments, including World Juniors Championships and IIHF World Championships. 

In his rookie season with Columbus, he played in all 48 games, scoring 2 goals and 7 points while helping lead the Blue Jackets to their first playoff appearance since 2007-08.

Zach continues to improve each year playing in the league, ranking 4th among all defensemen for average ice time per game (20:17) as of March 2017.

Also Played For: university of michigan hockey, michigan hockey

4. Patrik Laine

Left wing

Patrik Laine Career

  • 2012–13: Tappara
  • 2013–14: Tappara
  • 2013–14: Tappara
  • 2016–17: Winnipeg Jets
  • 2017–18: Winnipeg Jets

Patrik Laine is a young, talented Finnish ice hockey player who has been making headlines in the NHL. He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets with the third overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Patrik Laine is known for his speed and scoring ability; he led all rookies with 33 goals last season. Patrik Laine's parents are immigrants from Finland, which may have helped him develop into a skilled hockey player.

In addition to his playing career, Patrik Laine will be studying business at college after completing this year’s junior season with TPS Turku of the Finnish SM-liiga (second division). 

We can expect to see more great things from Patrik Laine as he continues to develop as an athlete and student.

Patrik Laine is a young, dynamic scorer who has shown great potential in his short career thus far. He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets with their second-overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and has since made an impact on both club and country. 

Patrik Laine is known for his excellent shot and ability to score goals at any time of the game, making him a highly sought after player in today's hockey scene.

His international experience includes playing for Finland at various youth levels before breaking into the senior team in 2015. Patrik Laine will no doubt be one of the focal points of Team Finland as they look to make it all the way to the World Cup this year.

Also Played For: winnipeg jets, 2019–20 nhl season

5. Johnny Gaudreau

Left wing

Johnny Gaudreau Career

  • 2009–10: Team Comcast 18U AAA
  • 2009–10: Team Comcast 18U AAA
  • 2009–10: Gloucester Catholic High School
  • 2010–11: Dubuque Fighting Saints
  • 2011–12: Boston College
  • 2012–13: Boston College
  • 2013–14: Boston College
  • 2013–14: Calgary Flames

Johnny Gaudreau is a 29-year-old American forward who currently plays for the Calgary Flames. Gaudreau was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round, 22nd overall of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

He then signed with Calgary as an unrestricted free agent in July 2014. In his rookie season (2014-15), Gaudreau set career highs in points (73) and assists (38). 

His 73 points were second highest ever to Jarome Iginla, while his 38 assists ranked third behind Patrick Kane and Phil Kessel.

The following season he improved on both numbers, scoring 94 points and assisting on 51 goals – good for fourth place all-time among rookies in both categories behind only. 

Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, and Mario Lemieux respectively; additionally he made his Stanley Cup playoff debut that year playing 11 games before being eliminated by Anaheim in the first round.

In 2016-17, Johnny continued where he left off from 2015-16 by setting new personal bests again with 97 points (41 goals + 62 assists) en route to being named runner-up for the Hart Memorial Trophy as MVP of the NHL playoffs after leading Calgary to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 2004. 

Injury has been a common theme throughout much of Johnny's professional career - missing over 60% of regular season games due to injury three times including 65 contests during 2017–18 which led some pundits [to] question whether or not this would be his last hurrah. 

However, at age 30 there is still plenty of hockey left inside “Johnny Hockey” so fingers crossed.

Johnny Gaudreau was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 104th overall slot of the 2011 NHL Draft. The left winger has spent his entire professional career with the Flames, debuting in 2014-15. 

Johnny is a prolific scorer, having scored at least 20 goals four times and 40 or more once during his time in Calgary. 

He also racked up over 100 points twice, earning him both an Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy as MVP of the NHL's postseason competition. 

In April 2018, it was announced that Gaudreau had signed an eight-year contract extension with Calgary worth $49 million CAD (approximately £37 million GBP). 

Johnny is considered one of Canada’s most promising young players and holds dual citizenship with both Canada and the United States; he made his international debut for Team USA at age 19 against Denmark back in October 2013.

6. Jack Roslovic


Jack Roslovic Career

  • NHL Draft : 25th overall, 2015, Winnipeg Jets
  • Playing career : 2016–present

Jack Roslovic is a 25-year-old American forward who was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the third round, 78th overall at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. 

He played college hockey with Miami University of Ohio and won a national championship in his senior year.

Roslovic made his pro debut with Manitoba of the AHL in 2017–18 and scored five goals and 10 points in 34 games, helping lead them to first place in their division. 

In 2018–19, he registered 23 goals and 41 points for Jets affiliate Moose Jaw before being called up to Winnipeg on February 26th; he contributed two assists during eight games as part of an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Playoffs that ended with a loss to Vegas in six games.

Roslovic has represented Team USA at several international tournaments including World Juniors (2015), World Championships (2017) and IIHF World Championship (2018). 

He is considered a strong playmaker whose skillset includes excellent vision, passing ability and hockey sense; some scouts compare him favourably to longtime Jet Blake Wheeler.

Also Played For: manitoba moose

7. Nick Foligno

Left wing

Nick Foligno Career

  • NHL team: Boston Bruins
  • Former teams: Ottawa Senators
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • National team: United States
  • NHL Draft: 28th overall, 2006
  • Ottawa Senators

Nick Foligno is a left wing who plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Nick Foligno was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

In 2013, Foligno signed a six-year contract extension with Columbus worth $30 million. He has won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009 and 2016, as well as an Olympic Gold Medal in 2010 with team Canada at age 23 years old.

Nick Foligno ranks 7th all time on the Penguins' scoring list (1,033 points). Foligno is also known for his charity work including involvement with numerous children's charities across North America and Europe through. 

The oligopolies Foundation which he launched in 2012 to help provide hockey equipment to underprivileged youth around the world so they can have opportunities like those that were afforded him when he started playing hockey.

He married actress/singer Mandy Moore on May 6th, 2015 after being engaged since early 2013 and welcomed their son Remington John Anthony Moore into this world on October 25th 2017.

8. Cole Sillinger


Cole Sillinger

Cole Sillinger is a center for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Cole was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He has played two seasons with Ohio State University, where he scored 83 points (40 goals and 43 assists) in his final season there in 2018-19.

Cole made his professional debut with Jokerit of Finland's top league during the 2019-20 season, tallying 4 points (1 goal and 3 assists) over 10 games before being recalled to Columbus on October 25th. At 6 ft 0in tall and 201 lb., 

Cole is an imposing figure on ice who plays a physical game despite his small stature - something that helped him earn comparisons to some of hockey's biggest stars such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Alex Ovechkin early in his career.

In addition to playing professionally, Cole also participates in numerous community events each year including appearances at Ronald McDonald House Charities dinner shows throughout central Ohio as well as participating in multiple sclerosis awareness campaigns organized by various organizations across. 

Central Ohio region such as The ALS Association Greater Columbus Chapter and Walk Now For MS/Boys & Girls Clubs Nationwide programs which raises money for research into Multiple Sclerosis treatments.

9. Vladislav Gavrikov


Vladislav Gavrikov

Vladislav Gavrikov was born on November 21, 1995 in Yaroslavl, Russia. He is a defender and has played for both Russian club FC Krylia Sovetov Samara and the Russian national team.

In 2017, he helped Russia win the Confederations Cup title after playing in all three of their knockout matches en route to the final. Gavrikov has been called up to represent his country at both the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020 tournaments.

Vladislav is known as an influential member of the Russia defence having made over 100 appearances for his nation so far Vladislav Gavrikov is a Russian-born left winger who currently plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL. 

Vladislav played his junior hockey with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl before being drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets 159th overall in 2015.

Vladislav has appeared in 54 games with the Blue Jackets, scoring six goals and adding eight assists. Vladislav represented Russia at both under-18 and under-20 level, winning silver medals at both tournaments. 

In 2018, Vladislav signed a two year contract extension with Columbus worth $1 million per season. On December 27th, 2017 Vladislav scored his first career goal against Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek to help secure a 3–2 victory for Columbus.

10. Rick Nash


Rick Nash Career

  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • HC Davos
  • New York Rangers
  • Boston Bruins
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2002
  • Columbus Blue Jackets

Nash was born in Brampton, Ontario and played junior hockey for the Mississauga Steelheads. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets with their first pick (third overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Nash won a Stanley Cup with Columbus in his rookie season of 2004-05, then helped lead them to another championship in 2007 as captain of the team. 

Nash spent several years on injured reserve due to injuries before returning to play with New York Rangers at the start of the 2013-14 season after spending time with Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins earlier that year.

Nash has been a member of Team Canada numerous times, winning gold medals at both world championships (2004, 2008) and Olympic games (2010). 

He also captained Canada to silver at The World Ice Hockey Championships in 2016 where he led all players scorers during tournament play earning him MVP honors.

In November 2018, it was announced that Nash would retire from professional ice hockey following the conclusion of the 2018–19 NHL season.

Also Played For: 2014–15 nhl season

11. Seth Jones


Seth Jones

Seth Jones is a defenseman for the Nashville Predators. Seth was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round, #4 overall, in 2012. He has appeared in over 230 NHL games and scored 10 goals and 38 points while accumulating 286 penalty minutes.

In 2014 he was acquired by the Nashville Predators as part of a trade with Columbus and has since played an important role on their blueline. 

Seth is married to Breanna Stewart, an American professional tennis player who won her first WTA title at Indian Wells 2016; they have one child together named Charlie-Rose Jones born October 6th, 2017 Seth Jones was drafted 4th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Seth has spent his entire playing career with the Predators, appearing in over 500 games and scoring 40 goals and 120 assists for 160 points. 

He won a gold medal with Team USA at the World Junior Championships in 2012 and also represented his country at both the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2017 World Cup of Hockey. Seth is considered one of the best defencemen available in this year's NHL Entry Draft, having been rated as high as 3rd overall by some experts.

12. Liam Foudy


Liam Foudy

Liam Foudy is a 22-year-old Canadian centre who has enjoyed success at both club and international level. He made his senior debut for Toronto FC in 2017, before being named to the Canada national team that same year.

In 2018, he helped Toronto FC win their first ever MLS Cup title. He was also part of the Canada side that reached the final of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where they lost to Mexico on penalties after a 0–0 draw in regulation time.

Liam Foudy is currently contracted to Toronto FC until 2021 Liam Foudy is a Canadian center playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL. 

He was drafted 18th overall by the team in 2018. Liam has had an impressive career so far, winning gold with Canada at both the World Junior Championships andWorld Championship tournaments earlier this year.

He will be hoping to continue his good form into next season and help Columbus improve on their sixth-place finish last year. Liam is a hardworking player who takes pride in contributing offensively as well as defensively for his team. 

He has been praised for his leadership qualities, being able to set an example both on and off the ice for younger players looking up to him."

13. Gustav Nyquist


Gustav Nyquist

Gustav Nyquist is a left wing for the Detroit Red Wings and was drafted by them in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Nyquist has made his name as one of the best offensive players in Sweden, with over 100 points in each of his six seasons there.

He then signed with Detroit as a free agent following his rookie season, and has since been one of their most consistent scorers. In 2013-14 he finished third on team scoring behind Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, helping lead Detroit to their fourth Stanley Cup Championship in seven years.

Nyquist has also represented Sweden at both the World Juniors (2007) and World Championships (2010). As well as playing hockey, Gustav enjoys skiing, running and spending time with his family – including two young daughters – back home in Halmstad.

14. Adam Boqvist


Adam Boqvist

Adam Boqvist is a Swedish hockey player who was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round (No. 8 overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. 

He played for Sweden at both junior and senior levels, winning a silver medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship as well as gold medals at both the 2016 U18 World Cup and 2017 IIHF World Championships.

In his freshman season with Boston University in 2018-19, he led all NCAA Division I players with 36 goals and 76 points in 54 games, earning him first team All American honors. 

Boqvist signed an entry level contract with the Blue Jackets on 1 July 2019 Adam Boqvist was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the eighth round of the 2018 NHL Draft. He played for Brynas IF and Columbus Blue Jackets before joining the Blackhawks in 2017-2018 season.

Adam Boqvist is a right-handed shot defenceman who has represented Sweden at various youth levels, including playing at both Under 18 and World Juniors tournaments. 

His skating ability is considered to be one of his key assets, as he can move quickly on the ice and transition from offence to defence seamlessly. 

Adam Boqvist will likely add depth to Chicago's defensive corps next season, as he looks set to make an impact with either Team Sweden or the Blackhawks shortly after completing his rookie campaign.

15. Oliver Bjorkstrand

Right winger

Oliver Bjorkstrand

Oliver Bjorkstrand is a young Danish winger who has been highly regarded for his scoring abilities since he burst onto the scene as a teenager. He made his debut with HBK in the 2011-12 season and quickly showed himself to be one of the league's top prospects, netting 26 goals in 63 games.

In 2013, Bjorkstrand signed with Columbus Crew SC and helped them make it to the MLS Cup final that year before they were narrowly defeated by Seattle Sounders FC. 

The following two seasons saw him score 39 times in 141 appearances for Columbus, helping them win back-to-back Eastern Conference titles before being dispatched by Toronto FC in the semi-finals of the 2016 MLS playoffs.

After spending 2017 on loan at English side Brighton & Hove Albion, Bjorkstrand returned to Columbus ahead of their 2018 campaign where he bagged 11 goals en route to being named club MVP and Supporters' Player of Year honors – both firsts for him in North America. 

With 10 years of experience playing at the European level (primarily representing Denmark), Bjorkstrannd is now looking forward to making his mark on American soil with LAFC next season if all goes according to plan.

16. Cam Atkinson

Right winger

Cam Atkinson

Cam Atkinson is a 33-year old American forward who currently plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Cam Atkinson has had a successful career in the NHL, having played for five different teams since debuting in 2009.

He has recorded over 200 points in his career and helped lead his team to their first ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2015. Cam Atkinson was born on June 5th 1989, making him one of the older players at forwards playing in the NHL today.

However, he still possesses excellent speed and hockey sense which have seen him thrive even as he's entered his mid-30s. 

While Cam Atkinson may be known more for his offensive abilities, he also brings plenty of toughness to the table; evidenced by his ability to play through injuries and continue contributing offensively throughout them all (including during last year's playoffs).

As one of only a few North Americans playing regularly in Europe during the offseason – most notably with HC Zlin of the Czech Republic.

It will be interesting to see how this affects Atkinson's game moving forward given that many European leagues are starting to develop an edge over North America when it comes [to] ice level quality and discipline levels.

17. Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson Career

  • 2018–19: Trail Smoke Eaters
  • 2019–20: Trail Smoke Eaters
  • 2020–21: University of Michigan
  • 2021–22: University of Michigan
  • 2021–22: Columbus Blue Jackets

Kent Johnson is a centre for the Vancouver Canucks. Kent was drafted in the fourth round, 108th overall by the Canucks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Kent played Junior Hockey with the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

He recorded 79 points (34 goals and 45 assists) in 73 games during his final season with them before being drafted into professional hockey. 

In 2017-2018, he made his debut with Utica Comets of the American Hockey League as an overage player and scored two goals and six assists for eight points in 43 games before joining Vancouver's main roster on February 20th 2018.

Johnson has represented Canada at both under-18 level where he won a gold medal at World Juniors 2016 and again at under-20 level where they reached finals but lost to Finland 4-1 Kent Johnson is a left-handed shooting defenseman for the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

He was drafted 5th overall in the 2021 NHL Draft by Columbus. Kent started his playing career with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL, before moving up to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL in 2018-19 season.

In 2019-20, he made his NHL debut with Columbus and recorded 2 assists in 7 games played that season. In 2020-21, Kent had an excellent year offensively for Columbus recording 12 goals and 34 points in 76 games played which helped him win Rookie of The Year honors from.

The Hockey News and Second Team All-Star recognition from The Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA). 

His performance continued into 2021-22 as he led all rookie defensemen in scoring with 22 goals and 52 points while also adding 26 assists for 78 total points - good enough for third place amongst all rookies behind only Auston Matthews (90) and Patrik Laine (86).

Overall, this has been one of most successful first seasons by any rookie defenseman since 2000 when Ryan Suter scored 57 points en route to winning Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year.

Also Played For: ncaa hockey, world junior ice hockey championships

18. Elvis Merzļikins


Elvis Merzļikins

Elvis Merzļikins is a Latvian ice hockey player currently playing for HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A. Elvis was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 4th round, 119th overall of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

He later signed with HC Lugano for 2 years worth CHF 1 million ($1,318,000). Elvis has played internationally for Latvia at both junior and senior levels. In 2014 he made his professional debut with HC Lugano where he scored eight goals and eighteen assists in 49 games as a rookie to lead all rookies in scoring that season.

With twenty-two points (ten goals and twelve assists) in thirty-six games during the 2015–16 season, Merzikins was named to Switzerland's provisional national team roster for their participation at the 2016 IIHF World Championship but did not make an appearance due to injury. 

In 2017, Merzlikins led HC Lugano to their first ever SCL championship after finishing second behind SC Bern in regular season play and then defeating them 3-0 en route to winning their best-of seven playoff series 5-games-to-none.

19. Joonas Korpisalo


Joonas Korpisalo Career

  • NHL team: Los Angeles Kings
  • Former teams: Jokerit
  • Ilves
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • National team: Finland
  • NHL Draft: 62nd overall, 2012
  • Columbus Blue Jackets

Joonas Korpisalo is a goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Korpisalo was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

He made his professional debut with HPK of SM-liiga in 2012-13, posting a record of 25-8-4 with 2 shutouts and a .927 save percentage. 

In 2014, he signed an entry level contract with Columbus and played out the remainder of that season with their American Hockey League affiliate Springfield Falcons before making his NHL debut on 24 October 2014 against Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena; allowing one goal on 27 shots in a 3–1 victory.

After playing sparingly during parts of 2015–16 due to injuries, Korpisalo became an integral part of Columbus' goaltending corps as they advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs where they lost to Pittsburgh Penguins in six games; compiling an overall record of 10-7 including 4 playoff wins (including Game 7). 

During 2017–18 campaign, he posted career highs across all categories - registering 33 starts (tied for 8th most), 26 victories (10th most), 2 shutouts (Tied for 5th most) along with .920 SV% and 1 SO/GP ratio which led him being named AHL Goaltender Of The Year Award Finalist edging out fellow Blue Jacket Sergei Bobrovsky who won Calder Memorial Trophy as top rookie goalie in league history.

On 9 July 2018, it was announced by general manager Jarmo Kekalainen that Korpisalo would be returning to Finland for rest following heavy workload from previous season.

Also Played For: national hockey league

20. Andrew Peeke


Andrew Peeke

Andrew Peeke was born in 1998 in Parkland, Florida. He is a 24-year-old American player who currently plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL. Andrew has played for several teams throughout his career including the Syracuse Crunch and Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, as well as HC Davos of Switzerland's National League A (NLA).

In 2017 he signed with EC KAZAN of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) where he led all forwards with 36 points in 43 games and helped lead them to their first ever playoff appearance. 

Andrew made his debut with the Blue Jackets during their 2018–19 season and put up 25 points in 73 games before being sidelined by a knee injury late into the year.

After returning from injury, Peeke had another strong campaign scoring 48 points in 82 games helping Columbus make it to the playoffs once again only to be defeated by Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 in round one.

Andrew will likely be an unrestricted free agent at seasons end and will need to decide if continuing his hockey career north of US or playing overseas would be better for him long term healthwise.

21. Gavin Bayreuther


Gavin Bayreuther

Gavin Bayreuther is a young, skilled player who has spent his entire professional career playing for the Texas Stars. Bayreuther was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and made his debut with their AHL affiliate in 2015-16.

He scored 12 goals and added 16 assists for 28 points in 68 games with the Blues' big club last season before being traded to Dallas on February 26th, 2018 as part of a package that sent Tyler Seguin to Boston. 

Bayreuther had an excellent first season with Dallas posting 14 goals and 18 assists for 34 points in 66 games played including playoffs helping them win both Calder Cup championships over Pittsburgh Penguins while also making. 

Team USA's World Championship squad this year where he tallied one goal and two assists against Sweden in seven games played overall/> Gavin comes from hockey bloodlines as his father Rich was a goaltender at Northeastern University (NCAA) before becoming head coach at Bentley University (NCAA).

His older brother Luke currently plays defencemen professionally with HC Davos of Switzerland> Bayrether will likely play another year or two down south before attempting to crack an NHL roster again but all things considered, is having had an incredibly successful pro career thus far despite only appearing in just over 100 regular season contests.

22. Kirill Marchenko


Kirill Marchenko is a young winger who was born in Barnaul, Russia on July 21st, 2000. At 6'3" and 187 pounds, he has the size and strength to be an effective player in the NHL.

He first came to prominence with HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) where he scored 19 goals and added 32 assists for 51 points in 49 games during the 2016-17 season.

He then transferred to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL where he continued his offensive production by scoring 24 goals and adding 41 assists for 57 points over 53 games this past season.

The Dallas Stars drafted Kirill Marchenko with their seventh round pick (211th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.. While there is no guarantee that Kiril will make it to North America, he has shown great potential as a scorer at both levels of hockey played thus far in his career.

23. Yegor Chinakhov

Right winger

Yegor Chinakhov

Yegor Chinakhov is a Russian-born ice hockey player who currently plays for HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was drafted in the third round, 73rd overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Chinakhov played his first professional season with HC Sochi of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in 2018–19 and led all rookies with 52 points (21 goals, 31 assists) in 54 games. 

In November 2019, he won gold with Team Russia at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, scoring three goals and adding four assists over seven tournament games to help Russia win its fourth championship title.

Born on February 1st 2001, Yegor Chinakhov is one year younger than future Montreal Canadiens superstar Auston Matthews and two years younger than Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov – both of whom also spent their early junior days playing for Canada's National Junior Team at world championships.

24. David Výborný

David Výborný

David Výborný is a retired Czech ice hockey player. He played for HC Slovan Bratislava, HC Lev Praha and the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL. He won two Stanley Cups with the Flyers in 1999 and 2000.

After retiring as a player, he became an assistant coach with HC Lev Praha and then head coach of Sparta Prague from 2012 to 2014 before being fired after posting a record of 12 losses in 16 games. 

On July 10, 2015, he was hired as head coach of Kometa Brno ahead of their inaugural season in the Czech Extraliga (the top professional league).

David has also represented his country at multiple levels including Olympic competitions where he helped lead Team Czech Republic to gold medal victory at the 2002. 

Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah In addition to coaching and playing hockey himself, David is also involved with several non-profit organizations working towards helping underprivileged children around the world.

25. Fedor Tyutin


Fedor Tyutin

Fedor Tyutin is a Russian defenceman who was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. He has played for various teams over his career, including HC CSKA Moscow, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers.

In 2009, he won a Stanley Cup with Columbus after defeating Detroit Red Wings in six games. Tyutin represented Russia at both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics where he finished 4th and 5th respectively on Team Russia's scoring list. 

He retired from professional hockey following the 2014-15 season to focus on his family life but made a surprise comeback in December 2017 with HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Fedor Tyutin is married to Elena Andreeva and they have two children - daughter Masha (born 2005) and son Sasha (born 2007).

26. R. J. Umberger

Left wing

R. J. Umberger

Umberger was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2nd round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He has played 6 seasons with Columbus, and has amassed over 330 points including 112 goals and 282 assists.

Umberger signed a three-year contract extension with Columbus on December 4th, 2013 worth $4 million per year. 

On February 26th, 2014 he scored his 100th career goal against Toronto Maple Leafs at Nationwide Arena; becoming just the fifth player in Blue Jackets history to do so (the others being Rick Nash, Jeff Carter, Derick Brassard & Artemi Panarin).

Umberger won a Stanley Cup as part of the Pittsburgh Penguins team that defeated Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals – his first major championship victory as an NHL player. 

In 2018 he became an alternate captain for both Columbus and Canada’s men’s national ice hockey team at their World Championship tournament in Denmark where they finished 5th overall after losing semifinal games to Sweden and Finland respectively.

27. Rostislav Klesla

Rostislav Klesla

Klesla is a defenceman who has played for the Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, and Carolina Hurricanes in his NHL career. Klesla was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2002 and played with them until 2013.

He won a Stanley Cup with the Predators in 2017. Klesla has also represented his country at several international tournaments including the World Championships, World Junior Championships and Olympic Games. 

Klesla is known for his physical playstyle which can result in penalties or goals against opponents due to hits above the waist or body checks that knock players off their feet; he has been fined multiple times for these types of actions during games.

In 2018, Klesla announced his retirement from professional hockey after 17 seasons playing professionally across North America and Europe.

28. David Savard


David Savard

Savard was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round, 87th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Savard has played for both the Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks over his career, spending most of it with Anaheim where he won a Stanley Cup in 2016.

In 2021, Savard signed a one-year contract with HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He is known as an excellent two-way defender who can quarterback a powerplay from the blue line while also contributing offensively on occasion. 

Savard will be 33 years old at the end of 2021-22 season, which may make him available to other teams as free agency approaches later that year David Savard is a right-handed shooter who has spent his entire professional career playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

David started playing hockey at an early age and quickly developed into one of Canada's top prospects. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 94th overall draft, but he never played a game with them as he was traded to Columbus just before the 2009-10 season began. 

In 2010, David made his NHL debut with Columbus and went on to play over 200 games for the team over six seasons. He signed with Tampa Bay Lightning as a free agent in 2017, but only lasted one season before returning to Columbus later that year.

David is currently contracted to the Blue Jackets until 2020 and is considered one of their most consistent players both on and off ice.

29. Alexander Wennberg


Alexander Wennberg

Alexander Wennberg is a Swedish center who was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 3rd round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. In his rookie season with Columbus, Alexander Wennberg put up 19 goals and 43 assists for 62 points in 82 games played.

He was awarded Rookie of the Year honors and also made Team Sweden's World Cup roster that year. The next season, 2014-15, saw Alexander Wennberg score 21 goals and 52 assists for 73 points in 80 games played as he helped lead Columbus to their first-ever playoff berth.

In 2016-17, Alexander Wennberg led all NHL players with 129239 hits (5th most in League history). This impressive statistic helped him win Defensive Player of the Year honors from Sports Illustrated magazine. 

After another successful campaign with 66 goals and 102 assists for 158 points over three seasons with Columbus, Alexander Wenna.

30. Tim Berni

Tim Berni was born in 2000 in Männedorf, Switzerland. He is a defenseman and stands at 6 feet 0 inches tall. At 185 pounds, he has a good weight for his height and position on the ice.

Berni started playing hockey when he was just six years old, and has been playing ever since then with various clubs throughout his home country of Switzerland. In 2016, Berni signed with EHC Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Hockey League (AHL).

After scoring two goals and ten points in 23 games with EHC Red Bull Salzburg during the 2017-2018 season, Berni joined HC Davos of the Swiss National League A (NLA) on September 15th 2018 as part of an exchange deal that saw Patrick Sieloff go to Davos from EHC Red Bull Salzburg. 

Berni played nine games for HC Davos before being traded again; this time to SC Langnau Lions of the NLA on December 28th 2018. He finished out the season with 11 points in 20 games for Langnau Lions before signing a one year contract extension with them on May 1st 2019.

31. Jack Johnson


Jack Johnson Career

  • 2004–05: U.S. NTDP U18
  • 2005–06: University of Michigan
  • 2006–07: University of Michigan
  • 2006–07: Los Angeles Kings
  • 2007–08: Los Angeles Kings
  • 2008–09: Los Angeles Kings
  • 2009–10: Los Angeles Kings

Jack Johnson is a defenseman who has played in the NHL for 14 seasons. He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and he has also played with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins.

In 2018-19 season Jack Johnson had his best season statistically to date as he recorded 19 points (6 goals and 13 assists) in 51 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins. His father Jackie was a professional wrestler who competed under the name "The Black Beast". 

Johnson is married to Jenna Renee Murphy and they have two children together - daughters Willow Mae Johnson (born September 2016) and Journey Rose Johnson (born May 2019).

In addition to hockey, Jack enjoys golfing, surfing and spending time with family & friends.

32. Brandon Dubinsky


Brandon Dubinsky

Dubinsky is a big, physical player who can be very effective in the defensive zone. He has appeared in over 700 NHL games and scored 87 goals and 275 points.

Dubinsky was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2003 and has since played for them, as well as the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. Dubinsky signed with the Blue Jackets as a free agent in 2013 after leaving the Devils following six seasons there.

He made his debut with Columbus on October 2nd, 2005 against Detroit Red Wings and finished his first season scoring nine goals and 25 points in 72 games played for Columbus before being traded to New York Rangers at the trade deadline that year. 

Where he spent one more season before joining New Jersey Devils for two more years after that before signing with Columbus again on July 1st, 2013.

33. Pierre-Luc Dubois


Pierre-Luc Dubois Career

  • 2013–14: Collège Notre-Dame Albatros
  • 2014–15: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
  • 2015–16: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
  • 2016–17: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
  • 2016–17: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
  • 2017–18: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • 2018–19: Columbus Blue Jackets

Dubois was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the second round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Dubois played two seasons with the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads, posting 24 goals and 43 assists for 69 points in 67 games as a rookie campaign and then adding 10 goals and 41 assists for 51 points in 53 playoff games en route to being named QMJHL Rookie of the Year.

Dubois made his professional debut with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL at age 19 during their inaugural season, scoring one goal and three assists over six games before returning to Halifax for playoffs. 

Dubois joined Winnipeg on a full-time basis ahead of their 2019-20 season and scored nine goals and 25 assists over 73 contests while finishing fourth in voting for Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year.

He also won silver medal at World Juniors where he tallied four goals and seven assists over seven games playing alongside fellow Manitoban Patrik Laine.

Dubois led all rookies with 54 points (21G, 33A) through 49 regular season contests before sustaining an ankle injury that sidelined him until March 21st vs Vegas - coincidentally Game 7 of WJC semi-final against Russia.

Playing just under 16 minutes into that contest,Dubois notched 1G+1A giving him 2G+1A total through 5WJC appearances including 2GF & 4GA thru 6KOs from Laine. 

In Game 1 vs St Louis (March 26th),the 20 yr old registered his first multi point game tallying 0G+2A after coming off IR earlier in month,6 Returning from injury on April 9th Chicago.

Recorded 3GWT pts (0g/2a/3pts) Had 11GP w/o PIM durin' this stretch Missed next 13 GP bcos OTT activation Returned from Injury Apr 22nd vs EDM Played remainder o season.

 Totals: 82GP G • 25 A • 54 PTS ECDL: 27gp 3gpg .914sv% HfdSv% GF Sv% SH Sv% PP Sv%. Pierre Luc Duboi is having a breakout sophomore pro hockey season. 

After ranking 4th among rookies last year with 23 Goals & 33 Assists - Pierre Luc has increased production each month this year hitting double digits multiple times along the way. His play has caught attention nationally leading some teams towards drafting him early.

Also Played For: nhl under 25

34. Ryan Johansen


Ryan Johansen Career

  • NHL team: Nashville Predators
  • Former teams: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NHL Draft: 4th overall, 2010
  • Columbus Blue Jackets

Ryan Johansen is a 30-year old Canadian professional ice hockey player with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL. 

He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, 19th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and spent his childhood in British Columbia playing major junior hockey for both Kelowna Rockets and Portland Winterhawks before being traded to Columbus as part of a blockbuster trade on January 6, 2014.

Known for his high-level scoring ability as well as his leadership abilities on and off the ice, Johansen has quickly become one of Columbus' most important players over recent seasons. 

In addition to regular season play, he has also made several appearances for Canada at both international tournaments (World Championships & IIHF World Championship).

Playoff games including an appearance in their stunning run to victory at the 2016 Stanley Cup Final against Toronto Maple Leafs which saw him score two goals in six games played during that tournament.

Also Played For: nashville predators

35. Fredrik Modin

Fredrik Modin

Fredrik Modin was born on October 8th, 1974 in Sundsvall, Sweden. He played for Timrå IK of the Swedish Hockey League from 1997-2003. In 2003 he signed with Columbus Blue Jackets but only lasted one season before returning to Sweden.

After spending two seasons back home in Sweden, Modin moved to Russia and signed with Ak Bars Kazan in 2007 where he spent six years until his retirement at the end of the 2016–17 season. 

Fredrik Modin has represented Sweden at both World Championships (1998, 2002) and Olympic Games (2002).

He has also won a silver medal at the 2005 IIHF World Championship as well as three Stanley Cups with Djurgårdens IF (2000, 2008; 2012), becoming the first player ever to win multiple championships in three different leagues – Swedish Elite League (Timrå IK), NHL National Hockey League and Russian Superleague.

36. James Wisniewski


James Wisniewski Career

  • 1999–2000: Detroit Compuware Ambassadors
  • 2000–01: Plymouth Whalers
  • 2001–02: Plymouth Whalers
  • 2002–03: Plymouth Whalers
  • 2003–04: Plymouth Whalers
  • 2004–05: Norfolk Admirals
  • 2005–06: Norfolk Admirals
  • 2005–06: Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2006–07: Norfolk Admirals
  • 2006–07: Chicago Blackhawks

Wisniewski has been a steady defenseman for the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past few seasons. Wisniewski was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2003 and played parts of four seasons with them before he was traded to Columbus in January of 2011.

Wisniewski is known for his physical play and strong puck possession skills which have helped him stay on the ice during tough situations. 

Injuries have slowed down Wisniewski in recent years, but he remains an important part of the Blue Jackets blueline corps moving forward.

Wisniewski played for the Chicago Blackhawks from 2004 to 2018. Wisniewski was an important player on the Blackhawks team, and helped them win a Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013.

 Wisniewski has also played for the Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes, and Admiral Vladivostok in his career.

In 2018 Wisniewski announced that he would be retiring at the end of that season. Wisniewicz is a veteran player who has shown his skills on many different teams throughout his playing career. He will be missed by fans of all of these teams.

37. Dean Kukan


Dean Kukan

Dean Kukan is a goaltender in the NHL who was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round of the 2011 draft. He has played for teams such as Lake Erie Monsters, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Toronto Marlies.

In 2016, he made his NHL debut with Philadelphia and helped them to make it to the playoffs. Dean Kukan also represented Switzerland at international level where he won a bronze medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship, as well as playing at both under 18 (2011) and under 20 (2013) World Championships.

In May 2017, Dean signed a three-year contract extension with Philadelphia worth $1 million per season which will keep him with the team until 2021 Dean Kukan is a Swiss Defenceman who played for Luleå HF and Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL. 

He was drafted by ZSC Lions but never played with them as he moved to Luleå HF in 2009 before being traded to Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013.

Dean has represented Switzerland at various youth levels and made his senior debut during Euro Hockey Tour 2016 where he helped the team top their group stage competition. 

Dean signed a two-year contract extension with Columbus Blue Jackets on January 17th, 2018 which will keep him with the club until the end of 2021 season.

38. Kris Russell

Kris Russell

Kris Russell is a defenceman for the Calgary Flames. He was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round, 18th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

In 2013, he signed with the Calgary Flames as a free agent. He has played for numerous teams throughout his career including Phoenix, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers.

Kris Russell won a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver and also represented his country at two World Championships (2005 & 2007). 

In 2017-2018 season he had 43 points (10 goals + 31 assists) playing 82 games for the Calgary Flames making him one of the team leaders on defense alongside. 

Dougie Hamilton and Mark Giordano Since joining the Calgary Flames in 2013-14 season he became captain of the team following Treliving's departure from the organization after winning Stanley Cup championship that year 8.

39. Sergei Bobrovsky


Sergei Bobrovsky Career

  • NHL team: Florida Panthers
  • Former teams: Metallurg Novokuznetsk
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • SKA Saint Petersburg
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • National team: Russia
  • NHL Draft: Undrafted

Sergei Bobrovsky is a Russian goaltender who has played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, and Ottawa Senators. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round (27th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

He became an All-Star player with Columbus in 2009 and won a Stanley Cup with them in 2013. In June 2017, he signed with the Vegas Golden Knights as an unrestricted free agent. 

As of October 2018, Sergei Bobrovsky holds several goaltending records including most wins by a goalie (277), most shutouts (86), fewest goals against average (.919) and longest undefeated streak at 185 games dating back to November 2nd 2016. 

When he stopped all 31 shots faced against Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena during game 3 of their Eastern Conference Final series leading his team to its second Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

His nickname "The Great Eight" was given to him by then-Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette due to his dominant play over that 8-year period from 2008 until 2014 inclusive where he led all goalies statistically save percentage wise (.930). 

Laviolette also said “he’s up there among some of the best goalies ever” which is evident based on what we have seen thus far this season between him and Vezina Trophy frontrunner Henrik Lundqvist playing for New York Rangers.

Also Played For: 2018–19 nhl season, 2017–18 nhl season

40. Sean Kuraly


Sean Kuraly

Sean Kuraly is a 29-year old American forward who has played for the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets. Kuraly was drafted by the Bruins in 2013, but spent most of his time with their AHL affiliate in Providence before being called up to the NHL in 2017.

He scored his first NHL goal on October 20th against Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, and helped lead Boston to a 4-1 victory over their archrival Montreal Canadiens later that night. 

In 2018, Kuraly joined the Blue Jackets after Columbus acquired him from Boston as part of a deal involving Artemi Panarin and Brandon Saad.

He made an immediate impact with 10 goals and 21 points through 31 games for Columbus before suffering an ankle injury which ended his season prematurely.. Sean returns to action this year as he looks to help Columbus reach the playoffs for consecutive years for only the second time in franchise history.

41. Nick Blankenburg

Nick Blankenburg Career

  • 2017–18: Okotoks Oilers
  • 2018–19: University of Michigan
  • 2019–20: University of Michigan
  • 2020–21: University of Michigan
  • 2021–22: University of Michigan
  • 2021–22: Columbus Blue Jackets

Nick Blankenburg is a 24-year-old American weightlifter. He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he finished fourth in the men's up to 75 kg category.

Nick was born and raised in Washington, Michigan, and began lifting weights when he was just 12 years old. 

In high school, Nick played football and basketball but found that lifting weights helped him maintain muscle mass during his off seasons from sports; this eventually led him to pursue weightlifting as his primary sport.

As a junior college student, Blankenburg lifted 220 pounds for 3 reps (a world record) at a competition – an event that caught the attention of USA Weightlifting coach Dan Gable who invited him to join the US National Team program shortly afterward. 

After graduating from Hillsdale College with degrees in biology and mathematics, Nick made his Olympic debut competing at the 2015 World Championships where he placed fifth overall with a total lift of 321 kilograms (701 lb).

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Blankenburg improved upon his previous performance by finishing fourth place overall with a total lift of 407 kilograms (902 lb). 

This placement earned him U Sports Male Athlete of The Year honors as well as selection into Canada's national team for next year's Commonwealth Games tournament in Australia. 

Outside of weightlifting competitions – which usually consist of three lifts: squatting barbells overhead weighted on your shoulders using your legs only (the clean).

Bench pressing barbells lying flat on your chest using both arms together (the press), and deadlift barbells grasped midway between feet pulling them towards you until thighs are parallel to floor(the snatch).

Nick enjoys playing basketball, hiking, skiing, power cleans 200lbs or more along with other Crossfit workouts.

42. Jake Bean

Jake Bean

Bean was drafted by the Charlotte Checkers in the 2nd round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Bean played collegiately at Boston University, where he won a National Championship as a freshman and helped lead BU to back-to-back Frozen Four appearances as a sophomore and junior.

Bean has represented Canada internationally at both the World Junior Championships (winning gold in 2016) and World Championships (silver in 2018). 

He is known for his high energy play on the ice, which has earned him comparisons to former NHLer Patrick Kane. Jake Bean was drafted 13th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Bean has spent his entire playing career with the Hurricanes so far, appearing in over 190 games. His defensive play and shot-blocking ability have been key assets for Carolina, who currently sit third in the Eastern Conference standings. 

Bean is also a threat offensively, scoring 18 goals and adding 41 assists for 59 points through 188 games played in his career to date.

Jake Bean will be looking to help lead Carolina to their first playoff berth since 2007 when they host Columbus on Saturday night.

43. Mark Letestu


Mark Letestu

Mark Letestu is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He has played for the Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets in the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In his rookie season with Edmonton, he recorded 43 points in 82 games. 

After two seasons with Edmonton, he was traded to Carolina Hurricanes where he spent six years before being traded to Columbus Blue Jackets in late-2015.

Letestu has represented Canada at multiple international tournaments including World Championships and Olympic Games; winning a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics as part of Team Canada's third straight gold medal performance there. 

With 234 career points (96 goals and 140 assists), Mark Letestu ranks sixth all time among Canadien players in scoring list behind Wayne Gretzky (1,857 pts.), Markus Naslund (1,491 pts.), Jarome Iginla(917 pts.), Dale Hawerchuk(925 pts.)and Guy Lafleur(868pts.).

His contract with Columbus expires at the end of this season on July 1st 2019 but it is not yet clear whether or not he will continue playing after that date due to an ankle injury which sidelined him for eleven weeks earlier this year.

44. Scott Harrington


Scott Harrington

Scott Harrington is a 29-year old defender who plays for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He was born in Kingston, Ontario and raised there before moving to British Columbia at age 10.

Harrington played youth football with local clubs before signing with USL First Division side Toronto FC II in 2011. After impressing during his time with TFC II, he signed for MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps FC in January of 2012.

Harrington has made over 100 appearances for the 'Caps since joining them, including playing all 4 matches of Canada's 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign as well as appearing at both UEFA Euro 2016 and Copa America Centenario this year.

In addition to his club career, Scott also represented Canada at Under-17 level and helped the team qualify for their first ever FIFA U-17 World Cup earlier this year where they reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated by England on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time.

45. Matt Calvert

Left wing

Matt Calvert

Matt Calvert is a forward for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2008 and traded to Columbus in 2014. In his NHL career, he has scored 47 goals and added 68 assists for 125 points.

Matt is married to American actress Meagan Good and they have two children together - son Max (born May 2016) and daughter Emmalyn (born October 2017). Matt enjoys playing golf, running, skiing, surfing and spending time with family & friends Matt Calvert was born in 1991, making him one of the younger players on this list.

He played for Columbus Blue Jackets from 2010-2015 before being traded to Colorado Avalanche in 2016. In total, he registered 458 points (130 goals and 354 assists) over 846 career games with Columbus and Colorado. 

On March 1st, 2021 Matt signed a three-year contract extension with the Avalanche worth $10 million dollars. He is known as an excellent left wing who can score goals and make plays along the boards both offensively and defensively.

46. Eric Robinson

Left wing

Eric Robinson

Eric Robinson is a professional American football cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rutgers.

In his rookie season, he had one interception and was named to the Pro Bowl as a special teamer. Robinson has also been selected to play in three consecutive Pro Bowls (2017-2018), becoming just the second player ever to accomplish this feat after Charles Woodson of Oakland Raiders.

As of 2019, he leads all NFL cornerbacks with 119 tackles and six interceptions, both career highs.. Eric Robinson is a left wing for the Columbus Blue Jackets, playing in the NHL. He was undrafted but has played well enough to earn a spot on the team's roster. 

Robinson made his debut with Team USA at the World Junior Championships and helped them win silver medals.

He also represented America at both the World Championships and Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, where they finished fourth overall. Eric Robinson will continue to play in North America until he decides whether or not to pursue an international career at some point down the road.

47. Kristian Huselius

Left wing

Kristian Huselius

Huselius began his career playing for Färjestad BK in Sweden. He signed with the Calgary Flames as a free agent in 2007 and played two seasons with them before being traded to Nashville Predators.

Huselius has also played for the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks over the course of his NHL career. 

In 2018 he announced his retirement from professional hockey following a season with HC Davos in Switzerland's top league National League A (NLA).

Huselius is known for his speed and shooting ability which have made him one of the most successful left-wingers in NHL history. 

Kristian Huselius began his career with Frölunda HC in 1996. He would go on to play for SC Rapperswil-Jona, Linköpings HC, Calgary Flames and Columbus Blue Jackets over the course of 12 seasons.

Kristian Huselius was drafted by Florida Panthers in the 47th overall pick of the 1997 NHL Draft. In 2012 he retired from professional hockey after playing with AIK Hockey in Sweden's top league during the 2011–12 season. 

Kristian Huselius was a two-time All-Star (2004, 2006) and won a silver medal at the 2002 World Championships as part of Team Sweden's roster that included current Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek among its players.

After retiring from professional hockey, Kristian Huselius has since become an analyst for Swedish television network TV6 Sporten where he covers both ice hockey and football matches.

48. Sergei Fedorov

Sergei Fedorov

Sergei Fedorov was born in Pskov, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union on December 13, 1969. He played for CSKA Moscow before moving to Detroit Red Wings in 1989 where he would spend the majority of his NHL career.

He also played for Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals before ending his playing career with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in 2009. 

Fedorov won a Stanley Cup with Detroit Red Wings in 2002 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015 after being nominated twice prior to that time.

He has represented Russia at both the World Championships and Olympics multiple times over the course of his career Sergei Fedorov was a dominant player in the NHL for many years. 

He is most famous for his time with the Detroit Red Wings, where he helped lead them to several championships. Sergei Fedorov also represented Russia on several occasions at major tournaments, including the World Championships and Winter Olympics.

In 2001, Sergei Fedorov retired from playing professional hockey to focus on other interests outside of hockey. He later returned to play in minor leagues before retiring again in 2012 after a long career that saw him win numerous awards and accolades. 

Nowadays, Sergei Fedorov is an ambassador for various charities and gives back to society by working with organizations that help children and families in need.

49. Gabriel Carlsson


Gabriel Carlsson is a 26-year old defenceman who has played in the NHL for the Ottawa Senators. He was born in Sweden but moved to Canada when he was young, and then to Ottawa at age 18.

Gabriel Carlsson is tall and strong, with good mobility and skating ability. He has a shot from the point that can be lethal if it finds its way past goaltenders, and his defensive play is also very impressive.

Gabriel Carlsson's contract with Ottawa will expire at the end of this season, so there are likely many teams interested in signing him next year - especially as he gets closer to becoming eligible for unrestricted free agency.

Gabriel Carlsson was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 29th overall spot during the 2015 NHL Draft. Gabriel Carlsson played with Linköping HC of Sweden's top league, Elitserien, for three seasons before signing with Columbus as a free agent in 2014.

In his first season playing in North America, Gabriel Carlsson recorded 14 points (6G-8A) and 50 penalty minutes playing for Hershey Bears of the AHL. 

He has since become one of Columbus' most consistent players on defence and is currently averaging over 20 minutes per game this season while scoring four goals and adding eight assists for 12 points through 38 games played so far this year.

Gabriel Carlsson is seen as a very smart player with excellent hockey sense who can contribute offensively from both sides of the ice.

50. Václav Prospal

Left wing

Václav Prospal

Prospal was born in Czechoslovakia and played for HC České Budějovice before he moved to the NHL. He has spent most of his career playing left wing, but can also play centre.

Prospal had a strong offensive season with Tampa Bay in 2009-10, scoring 34 goals and 66 points in 82 games. After that season he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks, where he has been since then.

In 2013-14 Prospal suffered from an injury which ended his season early; afterwards he decided to retire from professional hockey at the age of 38 due to chronic knee problems sustained during his career (he is now working as a coach for HC České Budějovice).

Prospal played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He was drafted by the Flyers 71st overall in 1993. Prospal's playing career ended with 2013 due to injury.

51. Scott Hartnell

Left wing

Scott Hartnell Career

  • Nashville Predators
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 6th overall, 2000

Scott Hartnell is a left wing who has played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Hartnell made his NHL debut with Columbus in 2003 and spent most of his time there until he was traded to Philadelphia in 2007. In 2008, Hartnell signed with Ottawa as a free agent and spent four seasons there before being traded to Colorado in 2013.

After playing one season with Colorado, Hartnell returned to Ottawa where he retired after the 2016–17 season. Scott Hartnell has won two Stanley Cup rings – with Columbus in 2004 and Philadelphia in 2012 – as well as an Olympic gold medal (with Canada) at hockey's highest level." 

Hartnell started out playing minor hockey for Regina Pats Midget AAA team followed by major midget AAA team Lloydminster Bobcats then joined Prince Albert Raiders WHL squad from 1996-1998 scoring 120 points (51g-69a) over three seasons.

Selected 209th overall by Columbus in 2002 NHL draft,he would spend 4 years mostly on their farm systems before making it up to play 82 games for them during 2006-2007 posting 16 goals & 36 assists and earning rookie of year honors.

While leading AHL’s Springfield Falcons both regular season & playoffs scoring 39 goals 111 pts 136 penalty minutes also winning Calder cup championship that same year. 

Signed w/ PHI prior to 07-08 campaign posting 21 goals 43 assists 69 points 102 PIM 76 GP appearing vs NYR Rangers 08 Stanley Cup Finals losing 6 games 1 OT “Scott had some great chemistry early on against.

New York which lead into him being mentioned amongst possible candidates when questions were raised about Jeff Carter trade potential going into the postseason. 

Hartnell scored 9 game winner s including game 7 OT winner vs Boston Bruins March 15 2010 helping propel Flyers past defending champions 2OT setting up Vinny Lecavalier goal giving Philly its first professional sports title since 1976.

Led all playoff scorers w/ 13 pts 3rd among forwards behind only Richards (16pts) & Kovalchuk (15 pts). Played the entire 06-07 postseason and missed 03 duet t back surgery however led.

Falcon's league-leading offense averaging nearly 2 GPG every other contest (.929 Sv%) becoming just 3rd player ever stat CWHL career highs totals 75GP 17G 46A 61 PTS allowing 34 shots per 80.

Final Words

. . The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Ohio that competes within the National Hockey League (NHL). The Blue Jackets have had some of the best players to ever play the game and continue to produce top talent.

Some of their most notable alumni include Rick Nash, Ryan Johansen, Brandon Saad, Nick Foligno and Artemi Panarin.

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Brandon McNally

I have been playing hockey my whole life. I am currently a professional hockey player with the Calgary Flames. I am also a part time coach at the University of Calgary and the head coach of the Calgary Northstars Minor Hockey Association. I have always wanted to be an NHL player and I am very excited to be one! My hobbies are playing hockey, coaching, and spending time with my family. LinkedIn

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