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Jeff Little

  • joined Nov 09, 2013
  • last login Jul 10, 2014
  • posts 57
  • comments 135

Ardent fan of all levels of hockey, and a Day 1 STH for the CBJ, I try to bring a rational, critical eye to Blue Jackets hockey coverage. I've seen the debut of the Oakland Seals, the San Jose Sharks and the Blue Jackets in the NHL, so I try to take the longer view of things, and avoid the minute-to-minute hysteria. I'm a lawyer, so that may explain my slightly twisted view of the world.

When not covering hockey, I'm either playing golf or traveling with my wife, Anne, and am a source of perpetual irritation to my son, Jack.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB San Francisco Giants
  • NBA Golden State Warriors
  • NFL San Francisco 49ers
  • NCAAF Stanford Cardinal
  • NCAAB Stanford Cardinal
  • NHL Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Golf Tiger Woods
  • Winter Olympics USA
  • Summer Olympics USA
User Blog

The Art of The Deal

197

Despite the ongoing negotiations with Ryan Johansen, the Blue Jackets are well-positioned as the off-season calms to a lull.

The NHL Silly Season is Here!

47

With money belts filled to the brim, the annual exercise in gluttony is upon us, with some juicy examples already on the table.

This & That: The Scott Hartnell Edition

85

Columbus starts the off-season festivities with a bang -- adding veteran forward strength, removing a discontented forward and gaining NHL credibility in one move.

2014 NHL Prospect Profile #50: Nicolas Aube-Kubel

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A sniping winger from the "Q", Nicolas Aube-Kubel is a likely second round grab.

2014 Draft Prospect Profile #47: Conner Bleackley

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Size, scoring and a dedicated work ethic make this Red Deer Rebel's draft credentials as solid as they come.

2014 Draft Prospect Profile #43: Reid Gardiner

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An all-around player with offensive savvy, Gardiner might be the surprise pick of the second round.

2014 Draft Prospect Profile #44: Jack Dougherty

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Size and savvy are the hallmarks of Jack Dougherty's game, as he looks to move into the NHL

2014 Draft Prospect Profile #39: Anton Karlsson

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A talented teenager with size and skill, Karlsson is trying to navigate his way from juniors to the upper levels. If past performance is any indication, he will succeed.

2014 Draft Prospect Profile #35: Brycen Martin

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A defenseman with an offensive eye, Martin could provide an intriguing option for those seeking blue line help in the first round.

This & That -- Volume II

63

A quick survey of the good, bad and the ugly going on with the Blue Jackets and the NHL as a whole, as we move quickly toward the off-season.

2014 Draft Prospect Profile #30: John Quenneville

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Quenneville hopes that his skills can propel him to success that even his famous second cousin would envy.

2014 Draft Prospect Profile #26: Thatcher Demko

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Demko has all of the tools --size, quickness and awareness, and needs only a bit of time before making a California splash in the NHL.

2014 Draft Prospect Profile #21: Sonny Milano

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With elite offensive numbers, good skating and the hands to be an assist producing machine, the question with Sonny Milano is whether the rest of his game can round into NHL shape.

Larkin A Possible Steal

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Ranked in the mid-teens, the polish of this kids game could make him a mid round steal.

2014 Draft Prospect Profile #12 -- Haydn Fleury

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He has the poise, size and skill to succeed, and at age 17, he has the time to have his game mature.

2014 Draft Prospect Profile #8 -- Jake Virtanen

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Scoring, skill and a physical game combine in this power forward with Finnish roots, and eyes firmly focused on the NHL

This & That

109

The playoffs for some, off-season for others. Both produce some interesting threads to chew on.

2014 Draft Prospect Profile #3 -- Sam Reinhart

16

This 18 year old has it all -- from the hands to the brain . . . not to mention the MVP trophy from the WHL.

Blue Jackets Come Up Short

165

Columbus bowed out of the playoffs, but not without leaving some indelible marks on the Pittsburgh Penguins, and firmly establishing their presence as a club to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference.

Stunner in Columbus

396

The Blue Jackets pulled off an improbable comeback from a 3- 0 deficit to shock the Pittsburgh Penguins,4-3 in OT, even the series at 2-2, and guarantee a Game 6 in Columbus.

Columbus Focused For Game 2

1

The Blue Jackets look apply more focus and attention to detail in Game 2, while not losing the aggression or energy that brought them tantalizingly close to a Game 1 victory.

Jackets Fall Short in Pittsburgh

86

Columbus showed that it belongs in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but surrendered two power play goals that made the difference in a 4-3 loss.

Blue Jackets vs. Penguins: Shutting the Door

10

Much attention is placed on the Pittsburgh offense -- and deservedly so. But equal attention needs to be placed on the defense and goal tending attributes of the Penguins and Blue Jackets. That analysis suggests the series may be a nail-biter.

Tying the Bow

31

The Blue Jackets put a wrap on the 2013-14 regular season . . . that's REGULAR season . . . with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers, setting the stage for a regional battle agains the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 1.

Lightning Block Columbus 3-2

32

Using a collapsing defense to surround neophyte goalie Kristers Gudlevskis, the Tampa Bay Lightning eked out a 3- 2 win over Columbus, dinging the Blue Jackets' hopes of climbing the playoff ladder.

Off to See the Wizard: The Cup in Columbus?

37

Having made the post-season, Columbus will be a tough opponent. Is their a path that leads to the improbable?

Power Play Leads Columbus 4 - 0

54

The Blue Jackets took a big step toward their playoff goal with a 4-0 victory over the New York Islanders, spurred by special teams play.

Buckle Up

18

With one week and five games left, the Blue Jackets are in the midst of a wild ride. Here's how to maintain perspective in the process.

Danse Macabre -- Jackets Bounced in OT

77

Columbus played the better game, maintained pressure and did the things that win hockey games. Unfortunately, the Hockey Gods had other ideas on this night, enabling Colorado to escape with a 3-2 OT win.

Johansen Provides Huge Win Over Habs 3-2

27

Ryan Johansen just missed a Gordie Howe hat trick (guess which leg he missed), but was the deciding factor in a thrilling game at the venerable Bell Center in Montreal.

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