Quick Shifts: Columbus Blue Jackets; Joe Pavelski; Top Prospects

Jan 2, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Nathan

Jan 2, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Nathan

The Columbus Blue Jackets continued their assault on the Eastern Conference last night extending their franchise record winning streak to eight games with a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Since their big free agent signing this summer Nathan Horton made his debut after offseason surgery, the team has been on a tear moving up to third in the Metropolitan Division.

 

When analysts break down the roster for Team USA at the upcoming Olympics, the bright spot that stands out as a strength is on the wing. One of the players that will have a huge role because of a lack of depth at center is Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks, he will be one of the keys to any success Team USA might have. ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun take a look at how valuable Pavelski has been to the Sharks this season.

 

As the CHL season winds down, some attention has turned to the 18 year olds who are eligible for this summer’s NHL Entry Draft. While fans in Edmonton, Buffalo and Calgary have little to look forward to for the remainder of the season, some have turned their attention to their team’s future. For those fans, both TSN.ca and ESPN.com have released an up to date list of the Top Prospects.  Aaron Ekblad of the OHL’s Barrie Colts (the second player ever to be granted the exception of playing in the league as a 15 year old after John Tavares) tops the list. He is already physically mature beyond his age and like Seth Jones could step right into an NHL lineup next season.

 

 

Topics: Columbus Blue Jackets, Joe Pavelski, Nhl Prospects, San Jose Sharks, Team Usa

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