Former Flyer could break through
After a disappointing first season in Columbus, Umberger could make a big leap
Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, continuing into the Central Division on Friday with the Blue Jackets.
Summer Skate -- Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus, a perennial basement-dweller, finally had a pulse this past season. With an above-average offense and defense, by GVT's standards, and a rising young star in the net in Steve Mason, the Blue Jackets finally have the beginnings of a promising future. Coming off the first playoff round in team history, the Blue Jackets will need to find a way to help Rick Nash if they plan on going to the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
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The writers of Puck Prospectus break out their new VUKOTA projection system to examine players trending up and sliding down on every NHL team. And in anticipation of training camp, E.J. Hradek dishes on an intriguing player that could have a big impact in 2009-10.
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