Sunday, February 10, 2013
More offense for Letestu?
By Luke Lapinski
Mark Letestu has been one of the main bright spots on offense for the Columbus Blue Jackets so far. And now it appears he may get more opportunities to produce.
At 3-6-2, Todd Richards' squad is currently last in the Western Conference. That means it could be time to shake things up a little. And, as Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch notes, we could see some shuffling of the forward lines. Letestu has four goals on the year -- tied for the team lead with Artem Anisimov -- and he's done much of it from a bottom-six role. As a result, his ice time has been on the rise. He played a season high 16:28 against Calgary on Thursday, and responded with an assist and a power play goal. Now, Portzline suggests the 28-year old forward might find himself on more of a scoring line with Anisimov and Vinny Prospal for the time being. Considering Cam Atkinson is still sidelined with an ankle issue and the team is desperate for a win, it makes sense that Richards would want to ride the hot hand up front.