Last night the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 in Nationwide Arena. Scott Hartnell had a hat trick, scoring 3 goals. Just think, if we still had RJ Umberger we could have Conner McDavid all locked up. Don't get me wrong, I always liked Umberger but Hartnell has 25 goals! Crazy stuff.
I'm cranking this out from a remote location, so need to be brief today (10 fingers are faster than 2 thumbs), but this team keeps making strides. Hartnell has been integrated into the team's core, and if they can show some urgency in October and November next year they seem poised to have a good run at it next year. Rimmer mentioned last night that 'Wild Bill' Karlsson was the 18th guy to make his Blue Jackets debut this year. I didn't think much of that until I reflected that there is only a 23 man roster. Yeesh.
But development proceeds apace for this team. I love Marko Dano, and he has played well, but he was finding the going a bit rich at times last night. Which is okay, that's part of the growth process. It's too bad that Kerby Rychal has been down with a concussion in Springfield. It would be nice to see him getting some NHL minutes too. But Springy is fighting for its playoff life, so hope he starts getting in down there.
Good thing we have Chicago and St. Louis coming up, or we would be in danger of catching Philly and NJ. Whew!