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2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets · NHL
Division 4th Central
Conference 7th Western
2008–09 record 41–31–10
Home record 25–13–3
Road record 16–18–7
Goals for 226
Goals against 230
General Manager Scott Howson
Coach Ken Hitchcock
Captain Rick Nash
Alternate captains Rostislav Klesla
Fredrik Modin
Michael Peca
Arena Nationwide Arena
Average attendance 15,543
Team leaders
Goals Rick Nash (40)
Assists Rick Nash (39)
Points Rick Nash (79)
Penalties in minutes Jared Boll (180)
Wins Steve Mason (33)
Goals against average Steve Mason (2.29)

The 2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets season is the 9th National Hockey League (NHL) season in Columbus, Ohio. On April 8, 2009, the Blue Jackets clinched a playoff berth after a shootout victory against the Chicago Blackhawks, the first berth in team history.

PreseasonEdit

The Jackets selected Russian forward Nikita Filatov with the sixth overall pick at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Filatov made an immediate impact with Columbus, scoring a goal in his NHL debut against the Nashville Predators. Columbus was rather aggressive in free agency, signing proven forwardKristian Huselius, and solidifying the defensive core with veteran Mike Commodore. General Manager Scott Howson also engineered two important preseason trades, trading a draft pick to Philadelphia for R.J. Umberger, and trading stars Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche to the New York Rangers in exchange for much-needed defensemen Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman.

Regular seasonEdit

Rookie goaltender Steve Mason, who missed the first month of the season following knee surgery,[1] led the Blue Jackets into playoff contention at the All-Star break. Recalled from the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch following Pascal Leclaire's injury, Mason was named the rookie of the month by the NHL for November after recording five wins in eight decisions, including two shutouts.[2] He again won rookie of the month honors in December,[3] and was named to the Youngstars team at the 57th National Hockey League All-Star Game in Montreal, though he declined to play after suffering back spasms.[4] Captain Rick Nash was the team's representative at the All-Star Game, his fourth appearance at the game. Rookie Nikita Filatov scored his first career hat trick on January 10, 2009 in a 4-2 win against the Minnesota Wild. Filatov's achievement marked the first hat trick by a Blue Jackets rookie. On the eve of the NHL trade deadline, Columbus traded recently oft-injured goaltender Pascal Leclaire and a draft pick to Ottawa for forward Antoine Vermette.[5] Vermette made an instant impact with the club, racking up seven points in his first six games.

Divisional standingsEdit

Central Division GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
y-Detroit Red Wings 82 51 21 10 295 244 112
x-Chicago Blackhawks 82 46 24 12 264 216 104
x-St. Louis Blues 82 41 31 10 233 233 92
x-Columbus Blue Jackets 82 41 31 10 226 230 92
e-Nashville Predators 82 40 34 8 213 233 88

Conference standingsEdit

Western Conference GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
p-San Jose Sharks * 82 53 18 11 257 204 117
y-Detroit Red Wings * 82 51 21 10 295 244 112
y-Vancouver Canucks * 82 45 27 10 246 220 100
x-Chicago Blackhawks 82 46 24 12 264 216 104
x-Calgary Flames 82 46 30 6 254 248 98
x-St. Louis Blues 82 41 31 10 233 233 92
x-Columbus Blue Jackets 82 41 31 10 226 230 92
x-Anaheim Ducks 82 42 33 7 245 238 91
e-Minnesota Wild 82 40 33 9 219 200 89
e-Nashville Predators 82 40 34 8 213 233 88
e-Edmonton Oilers 82 38 35 9 234 248 85
e-Dallas Stars 82 36 35 11 230 257 83
e-Phoenix Coyotes 82 36 39 7 208 252 79
e-Los Angeles Kings 82 34 37 11 207 234 79
e-Colorado Avalanche 82 32 45 5 199 257 69
x - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, p - clinched Presidents' Trophy and best record in conference, e - eliminated from playoff contention

* – division leader

Game logEdit

  • Green background indicates win (2 points).
  • Red background indicates regulation loss (0 points).
  • Silver background indicates overtime/shootout loss (1 point).
2008–09 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

The Blue Jackets have reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Nash, RickRick Nash 78 40 39 79 +11 52
Huselius, KristianKristian Huselius 74 21 35 56 +1 44
Umberger, R.J.R.J. Umberger 82 26 20 46 -10 53
Voracek, JakubJakub Voracek 80 9 29 38 +11 44
Malhotra, MannyManny Malhotra 77 11 24 35 +9 28
Tyutin, FedorFedor Tyutin 82 9 25 34 +1 81
Williams, JasonJason Williams 39 12 17 29 +5 16
Modin, FredrikFredrik Modin 50 9 16 25 +2 28
Brassard, DerickDerick Brassard 31 10 15 25 +12 17
Commodore, MikeMike Commodore 81 5 19 24 +11 100
Peca, MichaelMichael Peca 71 4 18 22 -6 58
Chimera, JasonJason Chimera 49 8 14 22 +8 41
Russell, KrisKris Russell 66 2 19 21 -10 28
Hejda, JanJan Hejda 82 3 18 21 +23 38
Torres, RaffiRaffi Torres 51 12 8 20 -4 23
Methot, MarcMarc Methot 66 4 13 17 +7 55
Boll, JaredJared Boll 75 4 10 14 -6 180
Vermette, AntoineAntoine Vermette 17 7 6 13 +5 8
Murray, AndrewAndrew Murray 67 8 3 11 -6 10
Klesla, RostislavRostislav Klesla 34 1 8 9 +2 38
Backman, ChristianChristian Backman 56 2 5 7 +5 32
Novotny, JiriJiri Novotny 42 4 3 7 +4 14
Dorsett, DerekDerek Dorsett 52 4 1 5 -1 150
Filatov, NikitaNikita Filatov 8 4 0 4 +3 0
MacDonald, CraigCraig MacDonald 8 1 1 2 +1 0
Gratton, ChrisChris Gratton 6 0 1 1 +2 2
Rome, AaronAaron Rome 8 0 1 1 +1 0
Tollefsen, Ole-KristianOle-Kristian Tollefsen 19 0 1 1 -4 37
Picard, AlexandreAlexandre Picard 15 0 1 1 -1 26
Wilson, ClayClay Wilson 5 0 1 1 -2 0
York, MikeMike York 1 0 0 0 0 0
MacKenzie, DerekDerek MacKenzie 1 0 0 0 -1 2
Mayorov, MaximMaxim Mayorov 3 0 0 0 0 0

Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Nash, RickRick Nash 4 1 2 3 -4 2
Umberger, R.J.R.J. Umberger 4 3 0 3 0 0
Huselius, KristianKristian Huselius 4 1 1 2 -4 4
Torres, RaffiRaffi Torres 4 0 2 2 -3 2
Russell, KrisKris Russell 4 1 1 2 0 2
Klesla, RostislavRostislav Klesla 4 0 1 1 0 0
Modin, FredrikFredrik Modin 4 1 0 1 -2 0
Williams, JasonJason Williams 4 0 1 1 -2 2
Chimera, JasonJason Chimera 4 0 1 1 0 2
Rome, AaronAaron Rome 1 0 1 1 +2 0
Voracek, JakubJakub Voracek 4 0 1 1 0 8
Malhotra, MannyManny Malhotra 4 0 0 0 -2 0
Peca, MichaelMichael Peca 4 0 0 0 +1 2
Commodore, MikeMike Commodore 4 0 0 0 -7 18
Vermette, AntoineAntoine Vermette 4 0 0 0 -4 10
Tyutin, FedorFedor Tyutin 4 0 0 0 0 0
Methot, MarcMarc Methot 4 0 0 0 -3 2
Hejda, JanJan Hejda 3 0 0 0 -5 2
Boll, JaredJared Boll 1 0 0 0 -2 0
Dorsett, DerekDerek Dorsett 3 0 0 0 -1 2

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Mason, SteveSteve Mason 61 3663 33 20 7 140 2.29 1658 1518 .916 10
Leclaire, PascalPascal Leclaire 12 673 4 6 1 43 3.83 324 281 .867 0
Norrena, FredrikFredrik Norrena 8 323 1 3 2 17 3.16 133 116 .872 0
Dubielewicz, WadeWade Dubielewicz 3 168 1 2 0 10 3.56 77 67 .870 0
LaCosta, DanDan LaCosta 3 155 2 0 0 4 1.54 80 76 .950 1
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Mason, SteveSteve Mason 4 239 0 4 17 4.26 139 122 .878 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Blue Jackets. Stats reflect time with the Blue Jackets only.
Traded mid-season
Italics denotes franchise record

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

Steve Mason - Calder Memorial Trophy

Rick Nash - NHL Foundation Player Award

RecordsEdit

Player Record Number Reached
Steve Mason Consecutive shutout minutes 199:19 January 2, 2009
Rick Nash Most Points Scored - Career 318 pts January 18, 2009
Team Most Goals Scored - Game 8 goals March 7, 2009
Team Largest Margin of Victory 6 goals March 7, 2009
Steve Mason Most Wins - Season 28 wins March 12, 2009
Team Most Wins - Season 36 wins March 13, 2009
Team Most Points - Season 82 points March 21, 2009
Steve Mason Most Shutouts - Season 10 shutouts March 26, 2009
Rick Nash Most Points Scored - Season 79 pts April 8, 2009
Jan Hejda Highest Plus/Minus Rating - Season +23 April 11, 2009

MilestonesEdit

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Jakub Voracek 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
October 10, 2008
Derek Dorsett 1st NHL Game October 11, 2008
Mike Commodore 300th NHL Game October 17, 2008
Nikita Filatov 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
October 17, 2008
Marc Methot 1st NHL Goal October 18, 2008
Derek Dorsett 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
October 21, 2008
Derek Dorsett 1st NHL Assist October 30, 2008
Steve Mason 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Win
November 5, 2008
Steve Mason 1st NHL Shutout November 22, 2008
Maksim Mayorov 1st NHL Game January 3, 2009
Nikita Filatov 1st NHL Hat Trick January 10, 2009
Fredrik Modin 800th NHL Game January 10, 2009
Ken Hitchcock 500th NHL Victory February 19, 2009

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 20, 2008
To Columbus Blue Jackets
R. J. Umberger
Fourth-round pick in 2008 draft.
To Philadelphia Flyers
First-round (19th overall) pick in 2008
Third-round pick in 2008 draft.
July 1, 2008
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Raffi Torres
To Edmonton Oilers
Gilbert Brule
July 2, 2008
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Fedor Tyutin
Christian Backman
To New York Rangers
Nikolai Zherdev
Dan Fritsche
January 10, 2009
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Mike Blunden
To Chicago Blackhawks
Adam Pineault
January 14, 2009
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Jason Williams
To Atlanta Thrashers
Clay Wilson
Sixth-round pick from San Jose in 2009 draft
March 4, 2009
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Antoine Vermette
To Ottawa Senators
Pascal Leclaire
Second-round pick in 2009 draft
March 4, 2009
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Kevin Lalande
To Calgary Flames
Fourth-round pick in 2009 draft

Free AgentsEdit

Player Former team Contract Terms
Mike Commodore Ottawa Senators 5 years, $18.75 million
Kristian Huselius Calgary Flames 4 years, $19 million
Player New team
Ron Hainsey Atlanta Thrashers
Zenon Konopka Tampa Bay Lightning

Claimed from WaiversEdit

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers
Wade Dubielewicz New York Islanders January 17, 2009
Chris Gratton Tampa Bay Lightning February 21, 2009

Draft picksEdit

The Blue Jackets entered the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa with the 6th overall selection. Columbus drafted Russian forward Nikita Filatov with the pick.[6] Filatov started the season with the Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate, scoring two goals in two games for the Syracuse Crunch before being recalled to the NHL.[7] Filatov made his NHL debut on October 17, scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators.[8]

Rnd Pick Player Nat Pos Team (league) NHL statistics
GPGAPtsPIM
1 6 Nikita Filatov Flag of Russia Russia LW CSKA Moscow (RSL) Made debut in 2008–09
2 37 Cody Goloubef Flag of Canada.svg Canada D Univ. of Wisconsin (NCAA)
4 107 Steven Delisle Flag of Canada.svg Canada D Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
4 118 Drew Olson Flag of the United States United States D Brainerd High School (USHS-Minnesota)
5 127 Matthew Calvert Flag of Canada.svg Canada LW Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
5 135 Tomas Kubalik Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic RW HC Plzen (Czech Extraliga)
5 137 Brent Regner Flag of Canada.svg Canada D Vancouver Giants (WHL)
6 157 Cameron Atkinson Flag of the United States United States RW Avon Old Farms School (USHS-Connecticut)
7 187 Sean Collins Flag of Canada.svg Canada C Waywayseecappo Wolverines (MJHL)

RosterEdit

Updated April 6, 2009.[9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
5 Flag of Sweden Backman, ChristianChristian Backman

D L 36 2008 Alingsås, Sweden
40 Flag of the United States Boll, JaredJared Boll

RW R 30 2005 Charlotte, North Carolina
16 Flag of Canada.svg Brassard, DerickDerick Brassard

 Injury icon

C L 29 2006 Hull, Quebec
25 Flag of Canada.svg Chimera, JasonJason Chimera

LW L 37 2005 Edmonton, Alberta
22 Flag of Canada.svg Commodore, MikeMike Commodore

D R 37 2008 Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
15 Flag of Canada.svg Dorsett, DerekDerek Dorsett

RW R 29 2006 Kindersley, Saskatchewan
34 Flag of Canada.svg Dubielewicz, WadeWade Dubielewicz

G L 37 2009 Invermere, British Columbia
28 Flag of Russia Filatov, NikitaNikita Filatov

LW R 26 2008 Moscow, U.S.S.R.
77 Flag of Canada.svg Gratton, ChrisChris Gratton

C L 41 2009 Brantford, Ontario
8 Flag of the Czech Republic Hejda, JanJan Hejda

D L 38 2007 Prague, Czechoslovakia
20 Flag of Sweden Huselius, KristianKristian Huselius

LW L 38 2008 Österhaninge, Sweden
97 Flag of the Czech Republic Klesla, RostislavRostislav Klesla

 (AInjury icon

D L 34 2000 Nový Jičín, Czechoslovakia
27 Flag of Canada.svg Malhotra, MannyManny Malhotra

 (A)

C L 36 2003 Mississauga, Ontario
1 Flag of Canada.svg Mason, SteveSteve Mason

G L 28 2006 Oakville, Ontario
3 Flag of Canada.svg Methot, MarcMarc Methot

D L 31 2003 Ottawa, Ontario
33 Flag of Sweden Modin, FredrikFredrik Modin

 (AInjury icon

LW L 42 2006 Sundsvall, Sweden
17 Flag of Canada.svg Murray, AndrewAndrew Murray

C L 35 2001 Selkirk, Manitoba
61 Flag of Canada.svg Nash, RickRick Nash

 (C)

LW L 32 2002 Brampton, Ontario
12 Flag of the Czech Republic Novotny, JiriJiri Novotny

C R 33 2007 Pelhřimov, Czechoslovakia
19 Flag of Canada.svg Peca, MichaelMichael Peca

 (A)

C R 42 2007 Toronto, Ontario
24 Flag of Canada.svg Rome, AaronAaron Rome

D L 33 2007 Brandon, Manitoba
10 Flag of Canada.svg Russell, KrisKris Russell

D L 29 2005 Red Deer, Alberta
55 Flag of Norway Tollefsen, Ole-KristianOle-Kristian Tollefsen

 Injury icon

D L 32 2002 Oslo, Norway
14 Flag of Canada.svg Torres, RaffiRaffi Torres

LW L 35 2008 Toronto, Ontario
51 Flag of Russia Tyutin, FedorFedor Tyutin

D L 33 2008 Izhevsk, U.S.S.R.
18 Flag of the United States Umberger, R. J.R. J. Umberger

C L 34 2008 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
50 Flag of Canada.svg Vermette, AntoineAntoine Vermette

C L 34 2009 St-Agapit, Quebec
93 Flag of the Czech Republic Voracek, JakubJakub Voracek

RW L 27 2007 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
29 Flag of Canada.svg Williams, JasonJason Williams

RW R 36 2009 London, Ontario

See alsoEdit

Farm teamsEdit

American Hockey LeagueEdit

Syracuse CrunchEdit

East Coast Hockey LeagueEdit

Johnstown ChiefsEdit

GM Scott Howson announced on August 22, 2008 that the Blue Jackets reached an agreement with the Johnstown Chiefs to serve as the club's ECHL affiliate for the 2008-09 season, replacing the Elmira Jackals.

ReferencesEdit

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