Hardly the toast of the NHL, the Blue Jackets have struggled mightily in recent seasons, as evidenced by their disgruntled (though still loyal) fan base and less than mediocre on-ice product. Hereís a look at the BJís 2012-2013 season preview, and whether they have a chance to contend with the other powerhouses in the Central Division:
2011-2012 Season Recap: The Blue Jackets had the worst record in the NHL last season, at 29-46-7, and had the fewest points (65) by a margin of 9 (Edmonton had 74). Columbus was abysmal across the board, ranking 26th in goals per game and 28th in goals allowed, at a clip of over 3.1 per game. Their special teams were no better, putting up the 24th best power play percentage and a penalty kill that was last in the league at only 76.6%. The only bright side is that the Blue Jackets are very young, and have back to back top three draft choices in which to rebuild.