Commentary

Wait for it ...

In a few years, the Blue Jackets may be elite -- if they're patient now

Originally Published: June 17, 2010
By Andrew Rothstein and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Steve MasonSteven King/Icon SMIIf his rookie year is any indication, Steve Mason can develop as an an elite goalie.

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.


To get the fix, the stats and E.J. Hradek's perspective on the suggested move, you must be an ESPN Insider. Sign up today to get access to free agent rumors, draft news and more.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.