NHL: The Blue Jacket Rises
When you think about the Columbus Blue Jackets, only three words come to mind. Those words are “Awful” and “Rick Nash.” Well Rick Nash is gone of course after being traded to the New York Rangers during the summer. Now the only other word remaining will be changing as well.
The hiring of John Davidson as president of hockey operations will go down as the turning point for this franchise. Now the Blue Jackets won’t contend right away, but with Davidson’s leadership, he will make sure the organization as a whole gets on the right track. When Davidson joined the St. Louis Blues in 2006, they were coming off a season in which they were dead last in the NHL in points. Three years later, they were a playoff team and last season they not only won the Central Divsion, finishing second in the Western Conference, but they also advanced to the second round of the playoffs before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion, Los Angeles Kings.
Now Davidson has a similar task ahead with the Blue Jackets as they finished last season with a league low 65 points. The team did play much better late in the season and despite dealing Nash in a move where perhaps the value they received could have been greater, the club does have some nice young players coming up and the ranks and the depth is slowly but surely getting better throughout the organization. With Davidson in charge, the Jackets will finally be on their way to respectability and before you know it, he will help build a structure that will lead the club to becoming a perennial playoff contender in the near future.