Thursday, April 5, 2012

The CBJ Green Jacket Contest

Stick it up your azaleas - the Columbus Blue Jackets Green Jacket Contest is coming down to the wire.  The holder of the most negative plus/minus rating likely won't be decided until the last minute of the last game of the season.

Yes, it's that time of the season when eyes turn to the leaderboard to see who's going receive the legendary blazer from last year's winner, Kristian Huselius - whose -17 plus/minus held off Derek Dorsett (-15) and Sammy Pahlsson (-13).  Juice can only marvel at what he's seeing right now as he munches nachos in the press box...the grit and determination of this year's contestants is shining through.

John Moore
Derick Brassard
Rick Nash
Fedor Tyutin
James Wisniewski

What makes rookie John Moore's feat so impressive is that not only is he helping let pucks fly by at a near-record pace, but he's also done it in only 67 games!  Not to be outdone, of course, is the Shanabanner himself, James Wisniewski, with a leaderboard-challenging -17 in just 46 games.

Just outside the leaderboard, yet within striking range due to his tremendous blue line skills, is fan-favorite Aaron Johnson...sitting at -13.  Can AGDMFJ pull off the unthinkable with only 54 games played thus far this season?

Just goes to show you, Big-time Players Make Big-time Plays in Big-time Games.

It doesn't matter who you're rooting for...competition like this can only be good for The Game.  Right?  RIGHT?


  1. At some point you stopped being a fan and turned into Portzline. It's sad. :(

  2. DBJ, don't listen to Anonymous. When a season is this bad, it's good to make light of it. I like your spin on the minus numbers.

    1. Thank you, PK. Believe it or not, it's not spin...this contest actually was one discussed by Mike Commodore in seasons past. So while it's humor, it's humor that likely is shared in the locker room.

  3. Anonymous I, if you can't fathom some level of competition when there really hasn't been much for the Jackets to compete for, then you should not be wasting time on pro sports. Good on ya DBJ, make the boys know that there is some personal pride at stake.

  4. Plus minus......................most overrated stat in the game, I have watched mason let in soft goals time and time again with these players on the you have to add in time on ice as well.

  5. True. But it is a stat. Sometimes a soft goalie works against you when its your own and works for you when it is the opponent. If you want to look at attribution, many of the assists are not really assists. First, with a goal and two assists, half of the team on the ice can get a point. Secondly, a true assist is when a guy passes you the puck in a scoring position and you fire it in. How many assists are awarded to a guy that shot the puck but the goalie couldn't control the rebound? Should you really earn an assist when you didn't mean to set up the scorer? In the end, the only pure stat that counts is the W column. Every other stat has a context that is lost after a very short period of time.

  6. agree, but the stat unfairly makes players look bad or expendible, example JJ +/- in la compared to here. Like you said, I just want the W's and I really dont caree what any other stat looks like.


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