Blue Jackets prospect goes from last picked to playoffs

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The Blue Jackets insisted it wasn’t merely a public-relations stunt, and six years later Vogelhuber is proving them right. “Whether I’m validating or exceeding expectations, I don’t know,” the 24-year-old winger said. “I’m just having fun, and I’m going to push this (career) as far as I can go.” Vogelhuber, after four years at Miami University and after spending the first three months of this season in the ECHL, has made quite a statement playing for the Blue Jackets’ American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass. When Springfield opens its second-round playoff series tonight against Syracuse, Vogelhuber will be in the lineup ahead of other players who may be considered better NHL prospects. “We’re pretty healthy right now, but I can’t take him out of the lineup right now because of what he brings,” Springfield coach Brad Larsen said. “He works so hard, and he’s not afraid of the tough areas. He’s moved up and down our lineup, and no matter where you put him he makes that line better.” These are the words Vogelhuber has longed to hear, the days he has waited to enjoy. The early part of his career was defined by injuries. He blew out his right knee three times — at 17, 18 and 19 years old — and suffered a broken femur and a shoulder injury, among other injuries. “All that stuff happened during my prime development years,” Vogelhuber said. source:

Blue Jackets fans light up Nationwide

And they did it in stunning fashion Saturday night as a sell-out crowd of 19,002 gathered in Nationwide Arena to watch their boys beat the Nashville Predators 3-1. The hearty group, which was quieted in the second period by a Nashville goal, started gathering outside the ticket office before noon for the 7 p.m. game and packed the Arena District for pre-gaming long before the doors officially opened at 6. It was quite a night—fan appreciation night—and it was made even more special when the Blue Jackets organization allowed fans to stay and watch the final seven minutes of the Minnesota Wild game vs. the Colorado Avalanche. Detroit had already clinched the 7th spot in the Western Conference—if the Wild won, they moved into 8th, tying the Jackets and winning due to regulation wins. If the Wild lost, the Jackets would have clinched their second playoff berth. Around 3,000 people stayed to watch the Wild clinch, beating the Avalanche 3-1. It was no matter. Columbus fans electrified Nationwide Arena from the moment the doors opened, sporting their gear with a sense of pride and hope. source:

IIHF Worlds: Anisimov, Tyutin lone Jackets in tourney

But two Blue Jackets – Artem Anisimov and Fedor Tyutin – accepted invites from their native Russia and are taking part in the tournament. They are the only Blue Jackets in this year’s tournament after a handful were involved a year ago, namely Johnson – who served as captain for the United States on a squad that also included Atkinson after his rookie NHL season. Marian Gaborik, acquired by Columbus at the NHL trading deadline in a blockbuster deal, had committed to play for Slovakia at the World Championships but experienced abdominal discomfort near the end of the season. Gaborik visited a specialist in Philadelphia last week and it was determined that surgery was the best option, taking him out of the Worlds with a 3-4 week recovery period. “Marian experienced some soreness towards the end of the season and after undergoing his exit physical and further examination today, it was decided that surgery is the best option for a quick and full recovery,” John Davidson said in a statement issued by the club. “Marian will have the surgery and after a three to four week recovery period will be able to resume off-season training.” Sergei Bobrovsky was reportedly invited to be the third Blue Jackets player on Team Russia, but declined the offer after Ilya Bryzgalov was promised the No. 1 goaltender’s job. Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche took his place as the backup goalie for the tournament. Why Russia would want a potential Vezina Trophy winner as its backup netminder in an international tournament is a completely different story, but let’s continue. The story early on in this World Championships has been upstart Switzerland earning back-to-back preliminary round victories over Sweden and Canada to get things started. Meanwhile, the Russians have opened strong as well, posting two wins in two games over Latvia and Germany to begin their tournament. source:|CBJ|home


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