2016–17 Columbus Blue Jackets · NHL
Division 3rd Metropolitan
Conference 3rd Eastern
2016–17 record 50–24–8
Home record 28–12–1
Road record 22–12–7
Goals for 249
Goals against 195
General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen
Coach John Tortorella
Captain Nick Foligno
Alternate captains Brandon Dubinsky
Boone Jenner
Arena Nationwide Arena
Team Leaders
Goals Cam Atkinson (35)
Assists Alexander Wennberg (46)
Points Cam Atkinson (62)
Penalties in minutes Brandon Dubinsky (91)
Wins Sergei Bobrovsky (41)
Goals against average Sergei Bobrovsky (2.06)
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The 2016–17 Columbus Blue Jackets season was the 17th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 25, 1997.[1] This season marked the first time the Blue Jackets were in the Stanley Cup playoffs since the 2013–14 season.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Training camp[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

The Blue Jackets finished October with a record of 3 wins, 3 regulation losses and an overtime loss, but in November they won 9, lost 2 in regulation and 3 in overtime. On November 29, 2016, the team began a winning streak that ran to 16 consecutive games, including a perfect 14-0-0 record in December, but ended on January 3, 2017 with a loss to the Washington Capitals. The 16 game winning streak was one short of the NHL record 17 games, set by the 1992–93 Pittsburgh Penguins.[2]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Divisional standings[edit | edit source]

Metropolitan Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals 82 55 19 8 53 263 182 +81 118
2 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 50 21 11 46 282 234 +48 111
3 x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 50 24 8 47 249 195 +54 108
4 x – New York Rangers 82 48 28 6 45 256 220 +36 102
5 New York Islanders 82 41 29 12 39 241 242 −1 94
6 Philadelphia Flyers 82 39 33 10 32 219 236 −17 88
7 Carolina Hurricanes 82 36 31 15 33 215 236 −21 87
8 New Jersey Devils 82 28 40 14 25 183 244 −61 70
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.

Conference standings[edit | edit source]

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals 82 55 19 8 53 263 182 +81 118
2 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 50 21 11 46 282 234 +48 111
3 x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 50 24 8 47 249 195 +54 108
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Montreal Canadiens 82 47 26 9 44 226 200 +26 103
2 x – Ottawa Senators 82 44 28 10 38 212 214 −2 98
3 x – Boston Bruins 82 44 31 7 42 234 212 +22 95
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – New York Rangers 82 48 28 6 45 256 220 +36 102
2 AT x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 40 27 15 39 251 242 +9 95
3 ME New York Islanders 82 41 29 12 39 241 242 −1 94
4 AT Tampa Bay Lightning 82 42 30 10 38 234 227 +7 94
5 ME Philadelphia Flyers 82 39 33 10 32 219 236 −17 88
6 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 36 31 15 33 215 236 −21 87
7 AT Florida Panthers 82 35 36 11 30 210 237 −27 81
8 AT Detroit Red Wings 82 33 36 13 24 207 244 −37 79
9 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 33 37 12 31 201 237 −36 78
10 ME New Jersey Devils 82 28 40 14 25 183 244 −61 70
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and results[edit | edit source]

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

2016–17 Game Log

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

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

The Blue Jackets clinched the playoffs for the first time since the 2013–14 season. They met the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round and lost the series 4–1.

2017 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statistics[edit | edit source]

Final Stats[3]

Skaters

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Atkinson, CamCam Atkinson 82 35 27 62 13 22
Wennberg, AlexanderAlexander Wennberg 80 13 46 59 9 21
Saad, BrandonBrandon Saad 82 24 29 53 23 8
Foligno, NickNick Foligno 79 26 25 51 –4 55
Gagner, SamSam Gagner 81 18 32 50 10 22
Werenski, ZachZach Werenski 78 11 36 47 17 14
Jones, SethSeth Jones 75 12 30 42 6 24
Dubinsky, BrandonBrandon Dubinsky 80 12 29 41 16 91
Hartnell, ScottScott Hartnell 78 13 24 37 14 63
Jenner, BooneBoone Jenner 82 18 15 33 14 52
Anderson, JoshJosh Anderson 78 17 12 29 12 89
Karlsson, WilliamWilliam Karlsson 81 6 19 25 10 10
Savard, DavidDavid Savard 74 6 17 23 33 44
Johnson, JackJack Johnson 82 5 18 23 23 32
Calvert, MattMatt Calvert 65 10 5 15 –4 48
Sedlak, LukasLukas Sedlak 62 7 6 13 10 25
Bjorkstrand, OliverOliver Bjorkstrand 26 6 7 13 4 6
Murray, RyanRyan Murray 60 2 9 11 3 24
Nutivaara, MarkusMarkus Nutivaara 66 2 5 7 7 6
Quincey, KyleKyle Quincey

|| 20 || 2 || 1 || 3 || 0 || 12

Harrington, ScottScott Harrington 22 1 2 3 3 10
Prout, DaltonDalton Prout

|| 15 || 0 || 3 || 3 || 4 || 14

Hannikainen, MarkusMarkus Hannikainen 10 1 1 2 0 6
Carlsson, GabrielGabriel Carlsson 2 0 1 1 –2 0
Korpikoski, LauriLauri Korpikoski

|| 9 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0

Milano, SonnySonny Milano 4 0 0 0 −3 0
Tynan, T. J.T. J. Tynan 3 0 0 0 –1 0

Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Atkinson, CamCam Atkinson 5 2 1 3 –3 0
Jenner, BooneBoone Jenner 5 2 1 3 –2 14
Karlsson, WilliamWilliam Karlsson 5 2 1 3 4 0
Saad, BrandonBrandon Saad 5 1 2 3 –5 0
Anderson, JoshJosh Anderson 5 1 1 2 2 2
Calvert, MattMatt Calvert 4 1 1 2 4 4
Dubinsky, BrandonBrandon Dubinsky 5 1 1 2 –2 6
Johnson, JackJack Johnson 5 1 1 2 –3 0
Nutivaara, MarkusMarkus Nutivaara 2 1 1 2 3 0
Foligno, NickNick Foligno 4 0 2 2 –3 6
Gagner, SamSam Gagner 5 0 2 2 –3 2
Jones, SethSeth Jones 5 0 2 2 –4 0
Werenski, ZachZach Werenski 3 1 0 1 –2 0
Bjorkstrand, OliverOliver Bjorkstrand 5 0 1 1 –2 0
Quincey, KyleKyle Quincey 2 0 1 1 –1 2
Savard, DavidDavid Savard 5 0 1 1 -4 4
Wennberg, AlexanderAlexander Wennberg 5 0 1 1 –3 2
Carlsson, GabrielGabriel Carlsson 5 0 0 0 1 0
Harrington, ScottScott Harrington 3 0 0 0 0 10
Hartnell, ScottScott Hartnell 4 0 0 0 –2 0
Milano, SonnySonny Milano 1 0 0 0 0 0
Sedlak, LukasLukas Sedlak 2 0 0 0 –1 0

Goaltenders
Regular season[3]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Bobrovsky, SergeiSergei Bobrovsky 63 63 3707:04 41 17 5 127 2.06 1727 .931 7 0 0 8
Korpisalo, JoonasJoonas Korpisalo 14 13 790:31 7 5 1 38 2.88 401 .905 1 0 0 0
McElhinney, CurtisCurtis McElhinney

|| 7 || 5 || 375:55 || 2 || 1 || 2 || 15 || 2.39 || 198 || .924 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0

Forsberg, AntonAnton Forsberg 1 1 58:35 0 1 0 4 4.07 27 .852 0 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Bobrovsky, SergeiSergei Bobrovsky 5 4 309:15 1 3 1 20 3.88 170 .882 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.

Roster[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Blue Jackets have been involved in the following transactions during the 2016–17 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

Date
Details
Ref
June 25, 2016 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Kerby Rychel
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Scott Harrington
conditional 5th-round pick in 2017
[4]
November 28, 2016 To Colorado Avalanche
Cody Goloubef
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Stanton
[5]
March 1, 2017 To New Jersey Devils
Dalton Prout
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Kyle Quincey
[6]
March 1, 2017 To Dallas Stars
Dillon Heatherington
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Lauri Korpikoski
[7]

Free agents acquired[edit | edit source]

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Dante Salituro Ottawa 67's 3 years, $2.2 million entry-level contract [8]
July 5, 2016 (2016-07-05) Jacob Graves London Knights 3 years, $2.775 million entry-level contract [9]
August 1, 2016 (2016-08-01) Sam Gagner Philadelphia Flyers 1 year, $650,000 [10]
February 28, 2017 (2017-02-28) Marc-Andre Bergeron No team 1 year, $575,000 [11]
March 16, 2017 (2017-03-16) Sam Vigneault Clarkson University 2 years, $1.85 million entry-level contract [12]
May 25, 2017 (2017-05-25) Matiss Kivlenieks Sioux City Musketeers 3 years, $3.2 million entry-level [13]

Free agents lost[edit | edit source]

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Michael Chaput Vancouver Canucks 1 year, $600,000 [14]
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Fedor Tyutin Colorado Avalanche 1 year, $2 million [15]
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Justin Falk Buffalo Sabres 1 year, $650,000 [16]
July 5, 2016 (2016-07-05) Jared Boll Anaheim Ducks 2 years, $1.8 million [17]
October 10, 2016 (2016-10-10) Rene Bourque Colorado Avalanche 1 year, $650,000 [18]
May 7, 2017 (2017-05-07) Daniel Zaar Malmö Redhawks 2-year [19]

Claimed via waivers[edit | edit source]

Player Old team Date claimed off waivers Ref
Zac Dalpe Minnesota Wild February 27, 2017 (2017-02-27) [20]

Lost via waivers[edit | edit source]

Player New team Date claimed off waivers Ref
Curtis McElhinney Toronto Maple Leafs January 10, 2017 (2017-01-10) [21]

Player signings[edit | edit source]

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
June 29, 2016 (2016-06-29) Seth Jones 6 years, $32.4 million [22]
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Pierre-Luc Dubois 3 years, $10.275 million entry-level contract [23]
July 25, 2016 (2016-07-25) Alex Broadhurst 1 year, $600,000 [24]
July 25, 2016 (2016-07-25) T. J. Tynan 1 year, $600,000 [24]
July 25, 2016 (2016-07-25) Scott Harrington 1 year, $632,500 [24]
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23) Vitaly Abramov 3 years, $2.775 million entry-level contract [25]
December 30, 2016 (2016-12-30) Calvin Thurkauf 3 years, $2.215 million entry-level contract [26]
March 21, 2017 (2017-03-21) Lukas Sedlak 2 years, $1.65 million contract extension [27]
March 21, 2017 (2017-03-21) Scott Harrington 2 years, $1.35 million contract extension [27]
March 21, 2017 (2017-03-21) Markus Hannikainen 2 years, $1.35 million contract extension [27]
April 5, 2017 (2017-04-05) Ryan Collins 3 years, $2.775 million entry-level contract [28]
May 23, 2017 (2017-05-23) Kevin Stenlund 3 years, $2.775 million entry-level contract [29]
June 9, 2017 (2017-06-09) Joonas Korpisalo 2 years, $1.8 million contract extension [30]
June 9, 2017 (2017-06-09) Zac Dalpe 2 years, two-way contract extension [31]
June 9, 2017 (2017-06-09) Dean Kukan 1 year, two-way contract extension [32]

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

See also: List of Columbus Blue Jackets draft picks

Below are the Columbus Blue Jackets' selections at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, held June 24–25, 2016 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 3 Pierre-Luc Dubois LW Flag of Canada Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
2 34 Andrew Peeke D Flag of the United States United States Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
3 65 Vitaly Abramov RW Flag of Russia Russia Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
6 155 Peter Thome G Flag of the United States United States Aberdeen Wings (NAHL)
7 185 Calvin Thurkauf C Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Notes

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Hockey League (2013). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2014. Diamond Sports Data, Inc., 49. ISBN 978-1-894801-26-3. 
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/05/sports/hockey/columbus-blue-jackets-nhl-win-streak.html Blue Jackets Fall Short of 1993 Penguins' Record Streak With Loss to Capitals Retrieved January 20, 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 2015-2016 Regular Season Stats - Points - Columbus Blue Jackets - Statistics. ESPN. Retrieved on March 1, 2017.
  4. Blue Jackets acquire defenseman Scott Harrington. nhl.com. Retrieved on June 30, 2016.
  5. Blue Jackets acquire Ryan Stanton from Avalanche. nhl.com. Retrieved on November 29, 2016.
  6. Blue Jackets acquire defenseman Kyle Quincey. nhl.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2017.
  7. Blue Jackets acquire left wing Lauri Korpikoski. nhl.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2017.
  8. Blue Jackets sign forward Dante Salituro to entry level contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 6, 2016.
  9. Blue Jackets sign defenseman Jacob Graves to entry level contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 6, 2016.
  10. Blue Jackets sign center Sam Gagner to one-year contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on August 2, 2016.
  11. Blue Jackets sign Marc-Andre Bergeron to two-way contract. sportsnet.ca. Retrieved on May 28, 2017.
  12. Blue Jackets sign free agent center Sam Vigneault. nhl.com. Retrieved on March 16, 2017.
  13. BlueJackets.com Staff. Jackets sign Matiss Kivlenieks to three-year entry level contract. NHL.com. Retrieved on May 28, 2017.
  14. Canucks sign Chaput, Rendulic & Billins. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 5, 2016.
  15. Avalanche Signs Fedor Tyutin. Colorado Avalanche (July 5, 2016).
  16. SABRES SIGN DEFENSEMAN JUSTIN FALK. Buffalo Sabres (July 5, 2016).
  17. Ducks Sign RW Boll to Two-Year Contract. Anaheim Ducks (July 5, 2016).
  18. Avalanche Signs Gabriel And Rene Bourque. Colorado Avalanche (October 10, 2016).
  19. Daniel Zaar klar för Malmö Redhawks (sv-SE) (May 7, 2017). Retrieved on January 25, 2018.
  20. Halford, Mike (February 27, 2017). Waiver claims: Bolts get McKegg, Jackets snag Dalpe. NBCSports. Retrieved on February 27, 2017.
  21. Fox, Luke (January 10, 2017). Waiver Watch: Maple Leafs claim Curtis McElhinney. Sportsnet. Retrieved on January 10, 2017.
  22. Blue Jackets sign defenseman Seth Jones to six-year extension. nhl.com. Retrieved on June 30, 2016.
  23. Blue Jackets sign Pierre-Luc Dubois to three-year, entry level contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 6, 2016.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Blue Jackets sign three players to one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contracts. nhl.com. Retrieved on August 2, 2016.
  25. Blue Jackets sign Vitaly Abramov to entry-level deal. NHL.com. Retrieved on May 28, 2017.
  26. Blue Jackets sign Calvin Thurkauf to ELC. NHL.com. Retrieved on May 28, 2017.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Jackets sign three to two-year contract extensions. nhl.com. Retrieved on March 22, 2017.
  28. Jackets sign Ryan Collins to entry level contract. NHL.com. Retrieved on May 28, 2017.
  29. CBJ sign center Kevin Stenlund to three-year entry level contract. NHL.com. Retrieved on May 28, 2017.
  30. Blue Jackets sign Joonas Korpisalo to a two-year extension. NHL.com. Retrieved on June 10, 2017.
  31. Blue Jackets sign Zac Dalpe to a two-year two-way entension. NHL.com. Retrieved on June 10, 2017.
  32. Blue Jackets sign Dean Kukan to a one-year two-way extension. NHL.com. Retrieved on June 10, 2017.
  33. Blackhawks select nine players at 2016 NHL Draft (June 25, 2016). Retrieved on June 25, 2016.
  34. Saad traded to Blue Jackets by Blackhawks (June 30, 2015). Retrieved on June 30, 2015.
  35. Blue Jackets acquire defenseman Leopold from Blues. National Hockey League (November 15, 2014). Retrieved on November 15, 2014.
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