On Rebuilding, Part 7: The Columbus Blue Jackets

Jonathan Willis
August 24 2012 01:29PM

Former captain Rick Nash (5of7/Wikimedia Commons)

Frequent commenter and guest contributor RexLibris' series on rebuilds continues with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Script

  • The Blue Jackets have been rebuilding since the day they joined the league and are an example of how drafting in the top ten is a crapshoot.
  • They have never shown that building through the draft is a reasonable strategy.
  • The Blue Jackets are the perfect counter-point to the Penguins, for every successful rebuild like the Blackhawks and Penguins I can point to the Isles and Blue Jackets.

I think these are all reasonable approximations of the many statements recently surrounding the build-turned-rebuild in Columbus. So how do they stack up against the history of the organization?

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6-6-6: NUMBER OF THE BEAST

Robin Brownlee
August 24 2012 09:22AM

Taylor Hall is a terrific young player and I don't have much doubt that, in the context of "market value" in today's NHL, he will be worth every penny of the $42 million big stack the Edmonton Oilers will pay him during the seven-year extension they just signed him to.

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PASSING TIME

Wanye
August 23 2012 04:36PM

WTF? No new articles on the Nation today? We will expertly stick handle this opportunity with a real think piece on just how far the Oilers have come economically with their signing yesterday of Taylor Hall. You may not have realized it but the Oilers are officially now a Have in a league of Haves and Have Nots. 

We are just iced out with swag up here aren't we Gucci Mane ft Souljaboy? BRRRR indeed.

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TAYLOR HALL AIN'T NOTHING TO **** WITH

Wanye
August 22 2012 12:38PM

WHOOOOWEEEE Taylor Hall Ladies and Gentlemen!

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PLEASANTVILLE (UPDATE: HALL SIGNS!)

Lowetide
August 22 2012 11:07AM

The Edmonton Oilers have procured boatloads of elite level young talent. That requires a loyal fanbase, an owner willing to buy in (or in this case suggest) on a rebuild, an effective scouting group and time. To build a winner, there are a few other elements.

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