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New York Islanders Metropolitan Division Offseason Power Ranking

UNIONDALE, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: The New York Islanders celebrate their 3-2 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 17, 2017 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: The New York Islanders celebrate their 3-2 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 17, 2017 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 5: Artemi Panarin #9 of the Columbus Blue Jackets warms up prior to the start of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 5, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Artemi Panarin

Columbus Blue Jackets | Rank: 4th

2017-18 Record: 45-30-7 (4th)
by: Michel Anderson

The Blue Jackets are a good team. They didn’t need to do much in the offseason. They’ve got one of the best goalies in two-time Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky. They have two of the best young offensive defensemen in the league in Zach Werenski and Seth Jones.

Upfront the Blue Jackets have a winger in Artemi Panarin that can score 30 goals and put up 80 points a season. They have Cam Atkinson, now locked up for another four years, who can score 60 points. And they have center and third overall pick in 2016 Pierre-Luc Dubois ready to take a big step in his career.

Sure, there are questions about Panarin’s desire to stay with Columbus, but with an 82 point season last year and unrestricted free agency coming up, Panarin isn’t about to just coast. He’ll play for that new contract whether it comes from the Blue Jackets or one of the other 30 teams in the league.

In terms of what the Blue Jackets lost and gained it hard not to think they got better. Jack Johnson didn’t seem to want to be there and lit a fire under the team with comments he made when he joined the Penguins. And the addition of Duclair gives the Blue Jackets a young player with a ton of potential.

The Blue Jackets should be just as good as they were last year. They finished fourth last season and will do the same next season. They’ll get to the playoffs, but who knows from there.

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