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Plugging Holes -- Columbus Blue Jackets
The Hole: Essentially, everything
Columbus performed poorly in all aspects of the game last year: special teams play in all situations was below average and even-strength play on both sides of the puck was dismal. Overall, the Blue Jackets finished 26th in team GVT with a minus-38.4 mark. Goaltender Steve Mason fell into a sophomore slump after a brilliant rookie campaign and young center Derick Brassard has yet to develop into anything resembling a franchise player.
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