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Filatov vs Umberger

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , on September 25, 2010 by davepoleck

I think the success of Nikita Filatov this season depends on where RJ Umberger is placed in the lineup. For the past few seasons in Columbus, Umberger has been getting top six minutes alongside Rick Nash and Kristian Huselius. Filatov on the other hand, struggled last season to even crack the lineup most nights, and headed back to mother Russia to play in the KHL.

Umberger recorded a career high of 55 points last season while playing in all situations for the Jackets. The key here is that he can play in all situations; Umberger is just as effective playing on the third line shut down role as he is playing top six minutes. While Filatov has stressed that he has improved his defensive game, he will clearly be most successful playing an offensive role. In their second preseason game, Filatov was on a line with two other first round picks, Derrick Brassard and Jakub Voracek. I expect a huge year from Voracek and if Brassard can even come close to his production from two years ago, then this would be a pretty dynamic second line.

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Jackets’ Success

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by davepoleck

The Columbus Blue Jackets have now played 18 games since the firing of head coach Ken Hitchcock, with the record of 9-5-4 over that span. Put that over an entire season and it looks like this: 41-23-18 for a grand total of 100 points. Obviously that actual point total without Hitch behind the bench is unlikely, but it just goes to show you that the team is definitely playing better and many players are flourishing without his stranglehold on the team.

Jakub Voracek: 18 games; 8g, 13a for 21 points

Antoine Vermette: 18 games; 7g, 12a for 19 points

RJ Umberger: 18 games; 3g, 11a for 14 points

Kristian Huselius: 15 games; 7g, 10a for 17 points

I hope these numbers give some encouragement to Nikita Filatov, otherwise I wouldnt be surprised to see him traded in the offseason.