Team Recap: 36th-Seeded ’12-’13 Columbus Blue Jackets

The #36 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '12-'13 Columbus Blue Jackets.

The #36 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’12-’13 Columbus Blue Jackets.

  • Artem Anisimov (C)
    • 11 GP   0 G   5 A   5 P   -2   16 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Cam Atkinson (RW)
    • 11 GP   2 G   2 A   4 P   -4   26 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Adrian Aucoin (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   4 A   4 P   -8   8 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Blake Comeau (LW)
    • 8 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Sergei Bobrovsky (G)
    • 11 GP   4-7-0   4.36 GAA   .898 SV%   0 SO   7 Stars
  • Jared Boll (RW)
    • 11 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -8   6 S   0 GWG   12 PIM   0 Stars
  • Derick Brassard (C)
    • 11 GP   7 G   3 A   10 P   -6   47 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   6 Stars
  • Matt Calvert (LW)
    • 11 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -5   22 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Derek Dorsett (RW)
    • 11 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -2   14 S   0 GWG   19 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brandon Dubinsky (C)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tim Erixon (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -3   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Nick Foligno (LW)
    • 11 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -8   28 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Marian Gaborik (RW)
    • 11 GP   7 G   4 A   11 P   -9   44 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   2 Stars
  • Ryan Johansen (C)
    • 11 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -8   23 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jack Johnson (D)
    • 11 GP   2 G   5 A   7 P   -12   31 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   2 Stars
  • Mark Letestu (C)
    • 11 GP   5 G   9 A   14 P   -8   33 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars
  • Derek MacKenzie (C)
    • 9 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   Even   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Steve Mason (G)
    • 2 GP   0-0-0   3.00 GAA   .898 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • John Moore (D)
    • 8 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -3   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Nikita Nikitin (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -10   21 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Vinny Prospal (LW)
    • 11 GP   3 G   5 A   8 P   -10   32 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   1 Stars
  • Dalton Prout (D)
    • 9 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Fedor Tyutin (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   5 A   5 P   -9   8 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • R.J. Umberger (LW)
    • 11 GP   5 G   0 A   5 P   -2   27 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars
  • James Wisniewski (D)
    • 10 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -3   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 4-7-0
  • Goals Scored: 33
  • Goals/Game: 3.00
  • Goals Allowed: 54
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 4.91
  • Shots: 401
  • Shots Allowed: 451
  • Shots/Game: 36.5
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 41.0
  • # of PP’s: 24
  • PPG’s: 5
  • PP%: 20.8%
  • TSH: 15
  • PPGA: 2
  • PK%: 86.7%
  • Penalties in minutes: 49

Much like every other seed around them, the ’12-’13 Blue Jackets had about a 50/50 toss up in the first round, but a much tougher potential matchup in the second round against one of the highest seeds. However, as I said in the team recap of their first round opponent, the Blue Jackets did not quite deserve to advance past the first round, but they did.

1st Round:

Defeated 29th-seeded ’85-’86 Hartford Whalers, 4-3, after trailing 3-2

2nd Round:

Lost to 4th-seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins, 4-0

Under head coach Todd Richards, the ’12-’13 Columbus Blue Jackets posted a record of 24-17-7, which was good for 55 points and 4th in the Central Division. The ’12-’13 Jackets were ranked 25th in the league in goals for with 120 and were 10th in the league in goals against with 119. Hockey Reference ranked the Columbus’ strength of schedule at 15th toughest in the league, and their SRS rating system had Columbus as the 15th best team in the league that year. The ’12-’13 Blue Jackets’ SRS (0.03) is the second highest of any team in Columbus’ history. This Blue Jackets team missed out on the playoffs by a single point.

Offensively, things may have been different if certain trades were not made. By the end of the season, Vinny Prospal was the team’s leading scorer with 30 points in 48 games played. Mark Letestu was second with 27 in 46 and defenseman Fedor Tyutin was third with 22 in 48. Letestu finished as the team’s leading goal-scorer with 13 while Prospal was second with 12. Artem Anisimov was third in goals with 11 in 35 games. There was a three-way tie for the most assists on the team between Prospal, Tyutin and Brandon Dubinsky, who all posted 18. Defenseman Jack Johnson was tied for second in assists along with Letestu with 14. Surprisingly, tough guy Dalton Prout posted the highest plus/minus rating on the team at +15 in only 28 games played. Cam Atkinson, along with Tyutin, was tied for second in plus/minus with ratings of +9. Things were much more stable for the Blue Jackets in goal. Sergei Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy for his incredible season. He posted a 2.00 goals against average and a .932 save percentage with four shutouts.

Up next is the #37 seed, the ’05-’06 Atlanta Thrashers!

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