Summer Skate: Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets spent some money this offseason in hopes of ending era of futility

Updated: September 8, 2011, 10:44 AM ET
By Rob Vollman and Corey Pronman | Hockey Prospectus

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with Columbus. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Columbus Blue Jackets

Tired of missing the postseason -- as they have for all but one of their 10 seasons -- the Blue Jackets signed the puck-moving defenseman and Rick Nash-linemate they've always needed in James Wisniewski as well as getting Jeff Carter.

If the new acquisitions click and Steve Mason returns to rookie form, the Blue Jackets could be a surprise playoff team.

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Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.