NHL 19: Columbus Blue Jackets Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

Can you take the Columbus Blue Jackets to glory with this roster?


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A couple of seasons back, the Columbus Blue Jackets shocked the NHL by muscling up the standings with colossal win-streaks to disrupt the Metropolitan Division’s hierarchy. Some thought that they’d drop off, but the young team has only become stronger. Now, with other big names in the division fading, the Blue Jackets are continuing to establish themselves as top contenders in the Eastern Conference and could very well compete for a place in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Artemi Panarin, Left Wing, 88 OVR

Age: 26
Role: Left Wing Sniper
Height: 180cm
Weight: 76kg
Shoots: Right
Best Stats: 94 Deking. 93 Hand-Eye, Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness

Since moving from the Chicago Blackhawks – where he won the Calder Trophy while playing on Patrick Kane’s line – Artemi Panarin has proven that he is a great player in his own right. Last season, the Russian sniper netted 27 goals and 82 points to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets. This season, Panarin has continued to show his shrewd playmaking ability with 22 assists and 29 points through 26 games. 

Seth Jones, Defenseman, 87 OVR

Age: 23
Role: Two-Way Defenseman
Height: 193cm
Weight: 95kg
Shoots: Right
Best Stats: 91 Puck Control. 90 Defensive Awareness, Passing, Offensive Awareness

Seth Jones and Zach Werenski headline what has to be among the very best and most exciting defenses in the NHL. Last season, Jones posted 16 goals and 57 points – good for tenth among NHL defensemen – and is following it up well, despite the early injury, with 14 points through 20 games. 

Sergei Bobrovsky, Goaltender, 91 OVR

Age: 29
Role: Hybrid Goaltender
Height: 188cm
Weight: 82kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: 93 Rebound Control. 92 Recover, Glove Low

Sergei Bobrovsky is one of the best goaltenders in the league. Through 65 games last season, Bobrovsky posted 37 wins, a .921 save percentage, 2.42 goals against average, and five shutouts. This season, however, while he has proven to be very stingy at times – conceding two or fewer in seven of his first 18 starts – two heavy nights of eight conceded as well as one of five and two of four have dampened his stats line. 

NHL 19 Columbus Blue Jackets Roster

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Columbus Blue Jackets’ first lines start. They boast an incredibly mobile, enigmatic roster which boasts tremendous strength in depth. Better still, many of their skaters are under-25 and still on the rise. This top line provides two snipers on the wings, two playmakers on the blueline, and a powerful center to disrupt the opposition.

Artemi Panarin (88) – Pierre-Luc Dubois (83) – Cam Atkinson (84)
Zach Werenski (86) – Seth Jones (87)
Sergei Bobrovsky (91)

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Best Stats

Zach Werenski

86

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

21

Left

90 Defensive Awareness. 89 Shot Blocking. 88 Passing, Puck Control, Stick Checking, Offensive Awareness, Slap Shot Power, Strength

Cam Atkinson

84

Right Wing Sniper

173cm

29

Right

93 Deking. 92 Acceleration, Agility. 

Ryan Murray

83

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

24

Left

88 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking. 87 Passing, Defensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Endurance, Speed, Strength, Slap Shot Power

David Savard

83

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

27

Right

89 Shot Blocking. 88 Stick Checking, Balance, Strength

Pierre-Luc Dubois

83

Power Forward Center

191cm

20

Left

88 Slap Shot Power. 87 Passing, Puck Control, Defensive Awareness, Offensive Awareness, Balance, Wrist Shot Power, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Durability, Strength

Alexander Wennberg

83

Playmaker Center

188cm

23

Left

95 Discipline. 91 Deking. 89 Passing, Puck Control, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Nick Foligno

82

Two-Way Right Wing

183cm

30

Left

88 Balance, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Strength

Riley Nash

81

Two-Way Center

185cm

29

Right

90 Discipline. 86 Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking, Agility, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

Markus Nutivaara

81

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

24

Left

87 Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power

Oliver Bjorkstrand

81

Right Wing Sniper

183cm

23

Right

95 Discipline. 90 Deking, Acceleration, Speed, Agility

Brandon Dubinsky

80

Two-Way Center

188cm

32

Left

88 Aggressiveness, Body Checking. 87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Strength, Balance, Shot Blocking

Boone Jenner

80

Two-Way Left Wing

188cm

25

Left

88 Stick Checking, Balance, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Strength

Josh Anderson

80

Right Wing Power Forward

191cm

24

Right

90 Balance. 89 Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Strength

Anthony Duclair

80

Right Wing Sniper

180cm

23

Left

92 Acceleration, Speed. 89 Agility

Sonny Milano

79

Two-Way Left Wing

183cm

22

Left

87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Scott Harrington

77

Defensive Defenseman

188cm

25

Left

87 Body Checking, Balance, Shot Blocking, Strength

Dean Kukan

75

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

25

Left

85 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Durability, Strength

Lukas Sedlak

75

Two-Way Center

183cm

25

Left

85 Balance, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Strength

Markus Hannikainen

75

Two-Way Left Wing

185cm

25

Left

85 Slap Shot Power, Durability, Strength

Joonas Korpisalo

81

Hybrid Goaltender

191cm

24

Left

88 Agility, Speed. 87 Aggressiveness

Gabriel Carlsson, Defenseman, 76 OVR

Age: 21
Role: Two-Way Defenseman
Height: 196cm
Weight: 87kg
Shoots: Left
Potential: Top 4 
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The Columbus Blue Jackets boast a very strong and young defense, but that doesn’t mean that the big, strong, and mobile Gabriel Carlsson can’t break in soon. While his offensive skill set isn’t up to scratch for this team just yet, his defensive attributes are very good for his age.

It’s a big prospect pool, with many forwards having the potential to battle for a place in Columbus’ bottom six, but none of them really stick out as game-changing prospects in the future. That said, Vitalii Abramov is a true hidden gem in the game, and well worth keeping on the team and moving up over the next couple of seasons. The Russian sniper becomes one of the best players for speed, agility, and acceleration, boasting some very user-friendly shooting skills too.

NHL 19 Columbus Blue Jackets Top Prospects

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Potential

Marcus Karlberg

57

Two-Way Right Wing

173cm

18

Right

Bottom 6 med

Tim Berni

55

Two-Way Defenseman

180cm

18

Left

7th D med

Liam Foudy

58

Two-Way Center

183cm

18

Left

Top 9 med

Trey Fix-Wolansky

59

Right Wing Sniper

170cm

19

Right

Bottom 6 med

Alexandre Texier

62

Two-Way Center

183cm

19

Left

Top 9 med

Emil Bemstrom

62

Center Sniper

178cm

19

Right

Bottom 6 med

Maxime Fortier

63

Right Wing Playmaker

178cm

20

Right

Bottom 6 med

Vitalii Abramov

67

Left Wing Sniper

175cm

20

Left

Top 6 med

Jonathan Davidsson

60

Two-Way Right Wing

180cm

21

Right

Top 9 med

Calvin Thurkauf

67

Two-Way Center

188cm

21

Left

Bottom 6 med

Paul Bittner

67

Left Wing Power Forward

193cm

21

Left

Bottom 6 med

Kole Sherwood

64

Two-Way Right Wing

185cm

21

Right

Bottom 6 med

Kevin Stenlund

67

Two-Way Center

191cm

21

Right

Top 9 med

Veini Vehvilainen

71

Butterfly Goaltender

185cm

21

Left

Backup med

Matiss Kivlenieks

64

Hybrid Goaltender

188cm

22

Left

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