Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Pool Predictions and Sleepers for 2010/2011

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What will the new season bring for the Columbus Blue Jackets? With a new coach and some maturing young players, the Jackets could provide a few surprises this year.

Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Pool Predictions and Sleepers for 2010/2011

The Columbus Blue Jackets appear to be an expansion team that is in a perpetual state of rebuild. Will this year finally be the year where they establish themselves as a cup contender? The smart money says no. That being said, there are a few players on the Jackets' roster who will definitely help your pool, and they may be underrated simply due to the team they play on.

Blue Chip Players

Forwards

Rick Nash- As far as blue chip players go, Nash is about it. Nash has point per game potential, and with a new, more offensive approach promised in Columbus, Nash should be at this pace, barring injury. I would definitely consider him to be an 80 point man.

Defensemen

The defence is primarily a collection of defensive defensemen. There are no blue chippers to be found here.

Goaltender

Steve Mason- After last season's struggles, I have a bit of an issue listing Mason as a blue chipper, however, he just signed a near 6 million dollar 2 year contract with in my mind means that you can expect a lot of starts for Mason this season.

Second Tier

Forwards

Antoine Vermette- Vermette appeared to find his NHL niche last season with the Blue Jackets as he racked up a career high 65 points. I don't believe that this was a fluke. Expect at least this again this season for the 28 year old Vermette.

Kristian Huselius - Huselius never seems to get much respect when it comes to hockey pools. Sure he is a bit soft, doesn't go into high traffic areas, and can be more than a wee bit streaky. That being said, he has been a fairly reliable point producer as he racked up 63 points in 74 games. He should benefit from a more offensive team approach this season and could conceivably hit the 70 point plateau.

R.J. Umberger- Umber has good size, plays on the first line and has a good skill set. Last year he notched a career high 55 points. This year he should be counted on for 60 at least.

Defensemen

Not many offensive gems in the organization as of yet.

Don't Over Rate

Forwards

Chris Clark- He is a long ways away from his productive Washington days. Don't expect much.

Potential Sleepers and Late Round Steals

Forwards

Derick Brassard- By all accounts, Brassard had a poor second season in the league as he went through lengthy goal droughts. This year may be his coming out party. He's a hard worker, with a great skillset. I wouldn't be overly surprised if he ends up centering Nash. This could and really should be a breakout year for Brassard. He has 60+ point potential.

Jakob Voracek Last year appeared to be a the beginning of a breakout for Voracek as he scored 50 points in his second season at the age of 20. He is only going to get better. 70 points is a definite possibility here.

Defensemen

Kris Russell- Russell is yet to live up to his offensive promise, however as the only true offensive defenseman on the Jackets roster he may be worth a late round defenseman pick.

Sleepers

Nikita Filitov- Prior to last year, Filitov was being touted as an extremely talented potential rookie of the year candidate. Needless to say, things didn't work out as he clashed with coach Ken Hitchcock. With Scott Arniel at the helm now, Filitov could potentially flourish.

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