Gaudreau helps the Blue Jackets’ playoff chances, and also needs a better defense

Blue Jackets are officially back in business.

After medical evaluations on Wednesday, they took to the ice Thursday at the Nationwide Arena to begin their first training camp in the Johnny Gaudreau era. Excitement for the season soared in July, after Gaudreau’s stunning decision to pick Columbus, and re-sign Blue Jackets to Patrik Laine later that month propelled it even higher.

Despite splitting from Oliver Björkstrand in a deal to free up salary cap space, the goal of returning to the playoffs seemed more realistic. Season ticket sales have skyrocketed. Fans also bought Gaudreau’s T-shirts.

“A lot of people seem to know this guy Johnny Goudreau,” said quarterback Jack Roslovich sarcastically. “People seem excited and intrigued.”

This interest is related to Jacket’s chances of qualifying for the playoffs, which they have not done for the past two years during the “reset list” process. Adding Gaudreau and sticking with Laine was a big step forward, but that probably isn’t enough.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: