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2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets · NHL
Division 8th Metropolitan
Conference 15th Eastern
2015–16 record 34–40–8
Home record 18–17–6
Road record 16–23–2
Goals for 219
Goals against 252
General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen
Coach Todd Richards (Oct. 9–Oct. 21)
John Tortorella (Oct. 21–Apr. 10)
Captain Nick Foligno
Alternate captains Brandon Dubinsky
Boone Jenner
Arena Nationwide Arena
Team leaders
Goals Brandon Saad (31)
Assists Alexander Wennberg (32)
Points Cam Atkinson
Brandon Saad (53)
Penalties in minutes Scott Hartnell (112)
Wins Joonas Korpisalo (16)
Goals against average Joonas Korpisalo (2.60)

The 2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets season was the 16th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 25, 1997. Columbus hired head coach John Tortorella following the firing of Todd Richards, who started the season 0–8–0.[1] The team began its regular season games on October 9, 2015 against the New York Rangers.[2]

Regular season Edit

After a seven game losing streak to start the season, the Blue Jackets fired head coach Todd Richards and hired John Tortorella on October 21.[3]

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

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Conference standingsEdit

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Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2015–16 game log[2]

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Player statistics Edit

Final stats[5]

Skaters

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Atkinson, CamCam Atkinson 81 27 26 53 −8 22
Saad, BrandonBrandon Saad 78 31 22 53 1 14
Hartnell, ScottScott Hartnell 79 23 26 49 −11 112
Jenner, BooneBoone Jenner 82 30 19 49 −15 77
Dubinsky, BrandonBrandon Dubinsky 75 17 31 48 −16 71
Wennberg, AlexanderAlexander Wennberg 69 8 32 40 −1 2
Foligno, NickNick Foligno 72 12 25 37 −14 53
Johansen, RyanRyan Johansen

|| 38 || 6 || 20 || 26 || −4 || 25

Savard, DavidDavid Savard 65 4 21 25 −7 45
Murray, RyanRyan Murray 82 4 21 25 −10 40
Calvert, MattMatt Calvert 73 11 13 24 1 51
Karlsson, WilliamWilliam Karlsson 81 9 11 20 −9 6
Jones, SethSeth Jones

|| 41 || 2 || 18 || 20 || −9 || 12

Johnson, JackJack Johnson 60 6 8 14 −16 25
Campbell, GregoryGregory Campbell 82 3 8 11 −6 78
Prout, DaltonDalton Prout 64 3 6 9 −6 102
Rychel, KerbyKerby Rychel 32 2 7 9 5 15
Bourque, ReneRene Bourque 49 3 5 8 −9 38
Goloubef, CodyCody Goloubef 43 1 7 8 −3 20
Bjorkstrand, OliverOliver Bjorkstrand 12 4 4 8 6 0
Connauton, KevinKevin Connauton

|| 27 || 1 || 7 || 8 || 10 || 21

Clarkson, DavidDavid Clarkson 23 2 2 4 −8 23
Falk, JustinJustin Falk 24 0 4 4 2 17
Anderson, JoshJosh Anderson 12 1 3 4 0 2
Tyutin, FedorFedor Tyutin 61 1 2 3 −6 28
Boll, JaredJared Boll 30 1 2 3 −3 61
Chaput, MichaelMichael Chaput 8 1 1 2 3 5
Bodnarchuk, AndrewAndrew Bodnarchuk

|| 16 || 0 || 2 || 2 || −6 || 8

Milano, SonnySonny Milano 3 0 1 1 1 0
Ramage, JohnJohn Ramage 1 0 0 0 −2 0
Paliotta, MichaelMichael Paliotta 1 0 0 0 0 4
Hannikainen, MarkusMarkus Hannikainen 4 0 0 0 −2 0
Kukan, DeanDean Kukan 8 0 0 0 9 0

Goaltenders
Regular season[5]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Bobrovsky, SergeiSergei Bobrovsky 37 37 2,116 15 19 1 97 2.75 1049 .908 1 0 2 2
Korpisalo, JoonasJoonas Korpisalo 31 30 1,803 16 11 4 78 2.60 969 .920 0 0 0 2
McElhinney, CurtisCurtis McElhinney 18 12 835 2 7 3 46 3.31 417 .890 0 0 1 0
Forsberg, AntonAnton Forsberg 4 3 178 1 3 0 9 3.03 97 .907 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Blue Jackets. Statistics reflect time with the Blue Jackets only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Statistics reflect time with the Blue Jackets only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

RosterEdit

Suspensions/fines Edit

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Brandon Dubinsky Cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby during NHL game No. 337 in Columbus on Friday, November 27, 2015, at 18:40 of the second period. 1 game $31,451.61 November 28, 2015[6]

Awards and honoursEdit

Awards Edit

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Saad, BrandonBrandon Saad NHL All-Star game selection[7] January 6, 2016
Atkinson, C.C. Atkinson NHL Second Star of the Week[8] February 1, 2016

Milestones Edit

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Hartnell, S.S. Hartnell 600th career NHL point October 16, 2015
Savard, D.D. Savard 200th career NHL game November 3, 2015
Johansen, R.R. Johansen 100th career NHL assist November 3, 2015
Boll, J.J. Boll 500th career NHL game November 17, 2015
Murray, R.R. Murray 100th career NHL game November 22, 2015
Hannikainen, M.M. Hannikainen 1st career NHL game November 28, 2015
R. Johansen 300th career NHL game December 12, 2015
Johnson, J.J. Johnson 600th career NHL game December 12, 2015
Korpisalo, J.J. Korpisalo 1st career NHL game December 14, 2015
J. Korpisalo 1st career NHL win December 19, 2015

Transactions Edit

The Blue Jackets have been involved in the following transactions during the 2015–16 season.

TradesEdit

Date
Details
Ref
June 26, 2015 To Toronto Maple Leafs
TOR's 2nd-round pick in 2015
PHI's 3rd-round pick in 2015
To Columbus Blue Jackets
TBL's 1st-round pick in 2015
[9]
June 30, 2015 To Chicago Blackhawks
Artem Anisimov
Marko Dano
Jeremy Morin
Corey Tropp
4th-round pick in 2016
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Brandon Saad
Michael Paliotta
Alex Broadhurst
[10]
January 6, 2016 To Nashville Predators
Ryan Johansen
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Seth Jones
[11]

Free agents acquired Edit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2015 Gregory Campbell Boston Bruins 2 years, $3 million [12]
July 2, 2015 Andrew Bodnarchuk Manchester Monarchs 1 year, $650,000 [13]
July 2, 2015 Brett Gallant Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2 years, $1.5 million [14]
July 2, 2015 Jaime Sifers Springfield Falcons 2 years, $1.25 million [15]
July 3, 2015 John Ramage Calgary Flames 1 year, $600,000 [16]
July 7, 2015 Kole Sherwood Youngstown Phantoms 3 years, entry-level contract [17]
October 1, 2015 Oleg Yevenko Adirondack Flames 1 year, entry-level contract [18]
March 21, 2016 Jordan Maletta Niagara IceDogs 3 years, entry-level contract [19]
April 15, 2016 Justin Scott Barrie Colts 3 years, entry-level contract [20]

Free agents lost Edit

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2015 Mike Reilly Minnesota Wild 2 years, entry-level contract [21]
July 1, 2015 Mark Letestu Edmonton Oilers 3 years, $5.4 million [22]
July 1, 2015 Brian Gibbons New York Rangers 1 year, $600,000 [23]
July 1, 2015 Sean Collins Washington Capitals 1 year, $575,000 [24]
July 3, 2015 Luke Adam New York Rangers 1 year, $600,000 [25]
October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06) Jack Skille Colorado Avalanche 1 year [26]

Claimed via waivers Edit

Player Previous team Date

Lost via waivers Edit

Player New team Date
Andrew Bodnarchuk[27] Colorado Avalanche January 5, 2016
Kevin Connauton[28] Arizona Coyotes January 13, 2016


Player signingsEdit

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 3, 2015 Brandon Saad 6 years, $36 million contract extension [29]
July 9, 2015 Matt Calvert 3 years, $6.6 million contract extension [30]
July 23, 2015 Michael Chaput 1 year, $650,000 contract extension [31]
August 20, 2015 Paul Bittner 3 years, entry-level contract [32]
September 8, 2015 David Savard 5 years, $21.25 million contract extension [33]
December 20, 2015 Keegan Kolesar 3 years, entry-level contract [34]
February 11, 2016 Ryan Murray 2 years, $5.65 million contract extension [35]
February 29, 2016 Boone Jenner 2 years, $5.8 million contract extension [36]
March 1, 2016 John Ramage 2 years, contract extension [37]
March 7, 2016 Oleg Yevenko 1 year, contract extension [38]
March 25, 2016 Dalton Prout 2 years, contract extension [39]
March 29, 2016 Zach Werenski 3 years, entry-level contract [40]
April 19, 2016 Gabriel Carlsson 3 years, entry-level contract [41]
May 3, 2016 Markus Nutivaara 2 years, entry-level contract [42]
May 25, 2016 Lukas Sedlak 1 year [43]
June 17, 2016 Anton Forsberg 1 year [44]
June 23, 2016 William Karlsson 2 years, $2 million [45]

Draft picksEdit

See also: List of Columbus Blue Jackets draft picks

Below are the Columbus Blue Jackets' selections at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, to be held on June 26–27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 8 Zach Werenski D Flag of the United States.png United States University of Michigan (Big Ten)
1 29[a] Gabriel Carlsson D Flag of Sweden.png Sweden Linkopings HC (SHL)
2 38 Paul Bittner LW Flag of the United States.png United States Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
2 58[b] Kevin Stenlund C Flag of Sweden.png Sweden HV71 J20 (J20 SuperElit)
3 69 Keegan Kolesar RW Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
5 129 Sam Ruopp D Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Prince George Cougars (WHL)
5 141[c] Veeti Vainio D Flag of Finland.png Finland Espoo Blues Jr. (Finland Jr.)
6 159 Vladislav Gavrikov D Flag of Russia.png Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
7 189 Markus Nutivaara D Flag of Finland.png Finland Oulun Kärpät (Finland)
Draft notes[46]
  • a  The Tampa Bay Lightning's first-round pick went to the Columbus Blue Jackets as the result of a trade on June 26, 2015 that sent Toronto's second-round pick in 2015 (34th overall) and Philadelphia's third-round pick in 2015 (68th overall) to Toronto in exchange for this pick.[47]
    Toronto previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on June 26, 2015 that sent Nashville's first-round pick in 2015 (24th overall) to Philadelphia in exchange for Chicago's second-round pick in 2015 (61st overall) and this pick.[47]
    Philadelphia previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on March 2, 2015 that sent Braydon Coburn to Tampa Bay in exchange for Radko Gudas, a third-round pick in 2015 and this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade).[48] The condition – Philadelphia will receive the Lightning's first-round draft pick in 2015 if it is not the first overall selection – was converted on March 30, 2015 when Tampa Bay qualified for the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs ensuring that this pick could not be a lottery selection.[49]
  • b  The Anaheim Ducks' second-round pick went to the Columbus Blue Jackets as the result of a trade on March 2, 2015 that sent James Wisniewski and Detroit's third-round pick in 2015 to Anaheim in exchange for Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and this pick.[50]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets' fourth-round pick went to the Los Angeles Kings as the result of a trade on June 27, 2015 that sent a fourth-round pick in 2015 (104th overall) and a sixth-round pick in 2016 to Philadelphia in exchange for this pick.[51]
    Philadelphia previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on June 23, 2014 that sent Scott Hartnell to Columbus in exchange for R.J. Umberger and this pick.[52]
  • c  The Minnesota Wild's fifth-round pick went to the Columbus Blue Jackets as the result of a trade on March 2, 2015 that sent Jordan Leopold to Minnesota in exchange for Justin Falk and this pick.[53]

ReferencesEdit

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  13. Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets sign defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  14. Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets sign forward Brett Gallant to two-year, two-way contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  15. Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets sign defenseman Jaime Sifers. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
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  19. Blue Jackets sign forward Jordan Maletta to three-year entry level contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on March 23, 2016.
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  21. Wild Signs With Mike Reilly. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
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  24. Capitals Sign Carter Camper, Sean Collins, Mike Moore and Aaron Ness. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
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  26. Avalanche Signs Jack Skille; Reduces Roster to 23. nhl.com. Retrieved on October 6, 2015.
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  28. Coyotes Claim Connauton Off Waivers. Arizona Coyotes (January 13, 2016).
  29. Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets sign Brandon Saad to six-year contract extension. bluejackets.nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  30. Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets re-sign Matt Calvert to three-year deal. bluejackets.nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  31. Blue Jackets sign center Michael Chaput to one-year, two-way contract. bluejackets.nhl.com. Retrieved on July 23, 2015.
  32. Blue Jackets sign forward Paul Bittner to three-year, entry level contract. bluejackets.nhl.com. Retrieved on August 20, 2015.
  33. Blue Jackets sign defenseman David Savard to five-year contract extension. bluejackets.nhl.com. Retrieved on September 8, 2015.
  34. Blue Jackets sign forward Keegan Kolesar to a three-year Entry Level contract. bluejackets.nhl.com. Retrieved on December 21, 2015.
  35. Blue Jackets sign defenseman Ryan Murray to contract extension. bluejackets.nhl.com. Retrieved on February 11, 2016.
  36. Blue Jackets sign Boone Jenner to two-year contract extension. bluejackets.nhl.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2016.
  37. Blue Jackets sign defenseman John Ramage to two-year, two-way contract extension. bluejackets.nhl.com. Retrieved on March 2, 2016.
  38. Blue Jackets sign defenseman Oleg Yevenko to a one-year, two-way contract extension. nhl.com. Retrieved on March 9, 2016.
  39. Blue Jackets sign defenseman Dalton Prout to two-year contract extension. nhl.com. Retrieved on March 28, 2016.
  40. Blue Jackets sign Zach Werenski to three-year, entry level contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on March 29, 2016.
  41. Blue Jackets sign 2015 first-round pick Gabriel Carlsson. nhl.com. Retrieved on April 20, 2016.
  42. Blue Jackets sign defenseman Markus Nutivaara to two-year contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on May 3, 2016.
  43. Blue Jackets re-sign center Lukas Sedlak to one-year contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on May 31, 2016.
  44. Blue Jackets sign Anton Forsberg to one-year contract extension. nhl.com. Retrieved on June 20, 2016.
  45. Blue Jackets sign center William Karlsson to two-year contract extension. nhl.com. Retrieved on June 23, 2016.
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  49. Lightning sweep Canadiens, clinch playoff berth. National Hockey League (March 31, 2015). Retrieved on April 15, 2015.
  50. Jackets ship D Wisniewski to Ducks (March 2, 2015). Retrieved on March 2, 2015.
  51. Trades completed during 2015 NHL Draft weekend (June 27, 2015). Retrieved on June 27, 2015.
  52. Blue Jackets send Umberger to Flyers for Hartnell. National Hockey League (June 23, 2014). Retrieved on June 23, 2014.
  53. Blue Jackets trade Leopold to Wild (March 2, 2015). Retrieved on March 2, 2015.
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