- E.J. Hradek, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
Using the VUKOTA projection system of Puck Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Summer Skate -- Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets, coming off their first postseason appearance, slid back to the basement last season and registered their fewest wins since the lockout. Their special teams were nothing special. They struggled at even strength and endured a disappointing season from goalie Steve Mason, and ultimately the story was the failure of vaunted coach Ken Hitchcock to tap the potential of young stars while core players remain in their prime. The new regime is a likely setting for some sudden and dramatic swings in the fortunes of several key players.
Ken Hitchcock didn't get it done in Columbus, so a new regime arrives -- and with it, there's new hope for the productivity of Nikita Filatov and Derick Brassard. E.J. Hradek and Puck Prospectus look at the 2010-11 Columbus Blue Jackets.