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Blue Jackets see themselves in the Oilers

Jan 17, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

Curtis Sanford, Jordan Eberle AP

If you’re the Columbus Blue Jackets and you want to model your team after another, seeing yourself in the image of the Edmonton Oilers probably isn’t all that encouraging. When you’re as bad as the Jackets are these days, however, that’s about the best you’ve got to go on.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch sees the sad comparison, however, and while there’s urgency on the Blue Jackets to win now, the Oilers show that tanking out hard at least shows that talent can come from bad situations. Interim head coach Todd Richards speaks on what Edmonton can do.

“They have some great young players who, in a few years, are going to be dominant players in this league,” Blue Jackets interim coach Todd Richards said. “They’re already getting close to that point. They have some veteran players who know how to play and do things the right way.”

Is that something the Blue Jackets can say about themselves? Rick Nash is great and Vinny Prospal has looked good but injuries to Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski have undermined them.

It works that way for the struggling Oilers too. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle being out of action makes life hard for them too, but that’s part of their future. If you can find the prospects for the Jackets to build on, go ahead and let GM Scott Howson know who they are.

If the Jackets opted to take the Oilers route to rebuild, you have to wonder if the Blue Jackets fans that are left would want to stick around for another three years or so to see it pan out.

  1. Rob - Jan 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    News for both teams – if your management is not very good then your team won’t be very good!

    Case in point, the Atlanta Thrashers. Picked 1st overall, 2nd overall, 1st overall, 2nd overall, 8th overall, 10th overall from 1999 to 2004 – by 2007 they were back picking inside the top 3, then again in 2009 they had the 4th overall pick!

    That’s not to do with fan turn out, sponsors, having a hockey city – that’s bad management!

    There is more of the Thrashers in Columbus than there is Oilers; but I might say the same of Edmonton as well!

  2. spokedjackets - Jan 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Oilers have at least been making waves with recent top draft picks. Jackets take one flop after another.

  3. cmonmanzz - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    The Jackets have drafted good players, but they’ve not been able to devellop them, and I think this is the major problem there.

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