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2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets · NHL
Division 5th Central
Conference 15th Western
2001–02 record 22–47–8–5
Home record 14–18–5–4
Road record 8–29–3–1
Goals for 164
Goals against 255
General Manager Doug MacLean
Coach Dave King
Captain Lyle Odelein
Arena Nationwide Arena
Average attendance 18,136
Team leaders
Goals Ray Whitney (21)
Assists Ray Whitney (40)
Points Ray Whitney (61)
Penalties in minutes Jody Shelley (206)
Wins Ron Tugnutt (12)
Goals against average Ron Tugnutt (2.85)

The 2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets season was the Blue Jackets' 2nd season in the NHL, as the team was coming off a 28–39–9–6 record in their expansion season, earning 71 points, and missing the playoffs.

Regular seasonEdit

Columbus would get off to a rough start, winning only 1 out of 13 games to open the season, and sit in the basement of the Western Conference. While the Blue Jackets would play better as the season went on, they were long out of the playoff picture, and eventually would trade team captain Lyle Odelein to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Jaroslav Spacek at the trade deadline. Columbus would finish the season with a 22–47–8–5 record, earning 57 points, which was 14 fewer points than in their previous season, and 37 points behind the Vancouver Canucks for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Columbus would score a league low 164 goals, and their 255 goals against was the highest total in the Western Conference, and 3rd highest in the entire NHL. The 57 points the Jackets earned was the 2nd fewest in the league, only ahead of the Atlanta Thrashers, who finished with 54.

Ray Whitney would lead Columbus offensively, scoring a team high 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points, which broke the team record for points in a season. Mike Sillinger would be the only other Blue Jacket to score 20 goals, as he scored 20 and added 23 assists for 43 points. Deron Quint led the Jackets defense, earning 25 points, while Rostislav Klesla scored 8 goals and earned 16 points in his 1st full season. Jody Shelley had a team high and club record 206 penalty minutes in only 52 games.

In goal, Ron Tugnutt and Marc Denis would split time, with Tugnutt winning a team high 12 games and posting a team best 2.85 GAA.

Tragedy struck at Nationwide Arena during a game on March 16, 2002, against the Calgary Flames, when a shot by Jackets forward Espen Knutsen was deflected off the stick of Flames defenceman Derek Morris, and sailed into the stands, hitting 13 year old Brittanie Cecil in the head. Cecil would pass away on March 18 due to the injury.

Season standingsEdit

Central Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
11 Detroit Red Wings 82 51 17 10 4 251 187 116
24 St. Louis Blues 82 43 27 8 4 227 188 98
35 Chicago Blackhawks 82 41 27 13 1 216 207 96
414 Nashville Predators 82 28 41 13 0 196 230 69
515 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 22 47 8 5 164 255 57

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.


Game logEdit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 4 St. Louis Blues 3–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–0–1–0 1
2 October 6 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–3 Philadelphia Flyers 0–0–2–0 2
3 October 8 Philadelphia Flyers 2–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–0–3–0 3
4 October 12 Montreal Canadiens 3–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–1–3–0 3
5 October 14 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–2 Chicago Blackhawks 0–1–4–0 4
6 October 16 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–4 Detroit Red Wings 0–2–4–0 4
7 October 19 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–1 Buffalo Sabres 1–2–4–0 6
8 October 20 Colorado Avalanche 5–0 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–3–4–0 6
9 October 23 Los Angeles Kings 7–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–4–4–0 6
10 October 25 Edmonton Oilers 5–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–5–4–0 6
11 October 27 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–2 San Jose Sharks 1–6–4–0 6
12 October 30 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–3 Vancouver Canucks 1–7–4–0 6
13 November 1 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–2 Calgary Flames 1–8–4–0 6
14 November 2 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 2–8–4–0 8
15 November 6 Vancouver Canucks 3–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–9–4–0 8
16 November 9 Edmonton Oilers 3–0 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–10–4–0 8
17 November 10 Columbus Blue Jackets 5–1 Boston Bruins 3–10–4–0 10
18 November 13 St. Louis Blues 2–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 4–10–4–0 12
19 November 16 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 5–10–4–0 14
20 November 17 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–3 Nashville Predators 5–11–4–0 14
21 November 19 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–5 Carolina Hurricanes 5–12–4–0 14
22 November 21 Detroit Red Wings 1–0 Columbus Blue Jackets 5–12–4–1 15
23 November 23 Chicago Blackhawks 2–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 5–12–5–1 16
24 November 25 Calgary Flames 3–4 Columbus Blue Jackets 6–12–5–1 18
25 November 27 Phoenix Coyotes 0–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 7–12–5–1 20
26 November 29 St. Louis Blues 3–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 7–13–5–1 20
27 December 1 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–4 St. Louis Blues 7–14–5–1 20
28 December 5 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–2 Florida Panthers 7–15–5–1 20
29 December 6 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–1 Tampa Bay Lightning 7–16–5–1 20
30 December 8 Colorado Avalanche 2–0 Columbus Blue Jackets 7–17–5–1 20
31 December 10 New Jersey Devils 1–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 8–17–5–1 22
32 December 12 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–5 Colorado Avalanche 8–18–5–1 22
33 December 14 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 9–18–5–1 24
34 December 15 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–3 Los Angeles Kings 9–19–5–1 24
35 December 17 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–4 Phoenix Coyotes 9–20–5–1 24
36 December 22 Dallas Stars 4–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 9–21–5–1 24
37 December 27 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–5 Detroit Red Wings 9–22–5–1 24
38 December 29 Buffalo Sabres 2–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 9–22–6–1 25
39 December 31 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 1–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 10–22–6–1 27
40 January 3 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–4 St. Louis Blues 10–23–6–1 27
41 January 6 Nashville Predators 3–4 Columbus Blue Jackets 11–23–6–1 29
42 January 9 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–6 Washington Capitals 11–24–6–1 29
43 January 10 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–2 Chicago Blackhawks 11–25–6–1 29
44 January 12 Chicago Blackhawks 4–5 Columbus Blue Jackets 12–25–6–1 31
45 January 14 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–2 New York Rangers 12–25–7–1 32
46 January 16 New York Rangers 0–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 13–25–7–1 34
47 January 18 Minnesota Wild 3–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 13–26–7–1 34
48 January 19 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–2 Nashville Predators 13–27–7–1 34
49 January 21 Dallas Stars 5–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 13–28–7–1 34
50 January 24 San Jose Sharks 2–6 Columbus Blue Jackets 14–28–7–1 36
51 January 26 Phoenix Coyotes 3–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 14–29–7–1 36
52 January 28 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–4 Dallas Stars 14–30–7–1 36
53 January 30 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 14–31–7–1 36
54 February 4 Boston Bruins 8–0 Columbus Blue Jackets 14–32–7–1 36
55 February 6 Ottawa Senators 6–4 Columbus Blue Jackets 14–33–7–1 36
56 February 8 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–2 Detroit Red Wings 15–33–7–1 38
57 February 9 Nashville Predators 1–0 Columbus Blue Jackets 15–33–7–2 39
58 February 12 Minnesota Wild 3–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 15–33–8–2 40
59 February 26 Los Angeles Kings 5–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 15–34–8–2 40
60 February 28 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 15–34–8–3 41
61 March 2 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–0 Los Angeles Kings 16–34–8–3 43
62 March 3 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–2 Phoenix Coyotes 16–35–8–3 43
63 March 6 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–4 Colorado Avalanche 16–36–8–3 43
64 March 8 New York Islanders 2–4 Columbus Blue Jackets 17–36–8–3 45
65 March 10 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–5 Minnesota Wild 17–37–8–3 45
66 March 11 Columbus Blue Jackets 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins 18–37–8–3 47
67 March 14 Vancouver Canucks 5–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 18–38–8–3 47
68 March 16 Calgary Flames 1–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 19–38–8–3 49
69 March 20 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–1 Minnesota Wild 20–38–8–3 51
70 March 21 Detroit Red Wings 3–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 20–38–8–4 52
71 March 23 Washington Capitals 5–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 20–39–8–4 52
72 March 25 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–6 Calgary Flames 20–40–8–4 52
73 March 26 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–3 Edmonton Oilers 20–41–8–4 52
74 March 28 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–4 Vancouver Canucks 20–41–8–5 53
75 March 30 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–10 San Jose Sharks 20–42–8–5 53
76 April 1 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–3 Dallas Stars 20–43–8–5 53
77 April 4 Nashville Predators 1–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 21–43–8–5 55
78 April 6 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–4 Montreal Canadiens 21–44–8–5 55
79 April 8 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 21–45–8–5 55
80 April 10 San Jose Sharks 5–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 21–46–8–5 55
81 April 12 Atlanta Thrashers 4–5 Columbus Blue Jackets 22–46–8–5 57
82 April 14 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–2 Chicago Blackhawks 22–47–8–5 57
  • Green background indicates a win.
  • Red background indicates a regulation loss.
  • Yellow background indicates an overtime loss.
  • White background indicates a tie.

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Whitney, RayRay Whitney LW 67 21 40 61 12-22603
Sillinger, MikeMike Sillinger C 80 20 23 43 54-35805
Knutsen, EspenEspen Knutsen C 77 11 31 42 47-28521
Marshall, GrantGrant Marshall RW 81 15 18 33 86-20604
Vyborny, DavidDavid Vyborny RW 75 13 18 31 6-14602
Quint, DeronDeron Quint D 75 7 18 25 26-34301
Wright, TylerTyler Wright C 77 13 11 24 100-40401
Sanderson, GeoffGeoff Sanderson LW 42 11 5 16 12-15502
Aubin, SergeSerge Aubin LW 71 8 8 16 32-20101
Klesla, RostislavRostislav Klesla D 75 8 8 16 74-6100
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 65 2 14 16 89-28000
Kron, RobertRobert Kron LW 59 4 11 15 4-14100
Harkins, BrettBrett Harkins LW 25 2 12 14 8-5200
Dineen, KevinKevin Dineen RW 59 5 8 13 62-6000
Timander, MattiasMattias Timander D 78 4 7 11 44-34100
Sloan, BlakeBlake Sloan RW 60 2 7 9 46-18000
Grand-Pierre, Jean-LucJean-Luc Grand-Pierre D 81 2 6 8 90-28000
Shelley, JodyJody Shelley LW 52 3 3 6 2061000
Bicanek, RadimRadim Bicanek D 60 1 5 6 34-15000
Pushor, JamieJamie Pushor D 61 0 6 6 54-10000
Nielsen, ChrisChris Nielsen RW 23 2 3 5 4-3001
Spacek, JaroslavJaroslav Spacek D 14 2 3 5 24-9111
Pronger, SeanSean Pronger C 26 3 1 4 4-4000
Davidson, MattMatt Davidson RW 17 1 2 3 10-11000
Heward, JamieJamie Heward D 28 1 2 3 7-9000
Darche, MathieuMathieu Darche LW 14 1 1 2 6-5000
Nedorost, AndrejAndrej Nedorost LW 7 0 2 2 2-3000
Spanhel, MartinMartin Spanhel LW 4 1 0 1 2-2000
Walser, DerrickDerrick Walser D 2 1 0 1 0-2000
Bellefeuille, BlakeBlake Bellefeuille C 2 0 1 1 01000
Denis, MarcMarc Denis G 42 0 1 1 20000
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt G 44 0 1 1 00000
Allison, JamieJamie Allison D 7 0 0 0 28-4000
Labbe, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Labbe G 3 0 0 0 00000
Ling, DavidDavid Ling RW 5 0 0 0 7-1000
Moran, BradBrad Moran C 3 0 0 0 00000
Westcott, DuvieDuvie Westcott D 4 0 0 0 2-2000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt 2502 44 12 27 3 119 2.85 211951076.900
Denis, MarcMarc Denis 2335 42 9 24 5 121 3.11 111971076.899
Labbe, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Labbe 117 3 1 1 0 6 3.08 06862.912
Team: 4954 82 22 52 8 246 2.98 324602214.900

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T/OT = Ties/Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Draft picksEdit

Columubus' draft picks at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
18 Pascal Leclaire Flag of Canada.svg Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
238 Tim Jackman Flag of the United States United States Minnesota State University Mavericks (NCAA)
253 Kiel McLeod Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
385 Aaron Johnson Flag of Canada.svg Canada Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
387 Per Mars Flag of Sweden Sweden Brynäs IF (Sweden)
5141 Cole Jarrett Flag of Canada.svg Canada Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
6173 Justin Aikins Flag of Canada.svg Canada Langley Hornets (BCHL)
6187 Artem Vostrikov Flag of Russia Russia Tolyatti-2 (Russia)
7204 Raffaele Sannitz Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Lugano (Swiss)
8236 Ryan Bowness Flag of Canada.svg Canada Brampton Battalion (OHL)
8242 Andrew Murray Flag of Canada.svg Canada Selkirk Steelers (MJHL)


ReferencesEdit

  1. 2001-02 Columbus Blue Jackets Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-02.
Columbus Blue Jackets
PlayersGMsSeasonsDraft PicksNationwide ArenaHead CoachesSyracuse Crunch (AHL), Elmira Jackals (ECHL), Youngstown Steelhounds (CHL)



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